Almost everyone experiences back pain at least once in their lives and seek the advice of their physician on how to overcome the symptoms. How healthcare providers respond to and identify the patient’s problem has a great influence on how rapidly the problem resolves itself. For the most part, you can determine your patient’s common back problems by teaching them about how proper body mechanics allows their bodies to function well and helps prevent a recurrence.

However, for the 31 million Americans who suffer from chronic back pain, the problem never really resolves itself. Back pain is the primary cause of disability worldwide, according to a recent study. The most common reason that employees call in sick to work is due to lower back pain. It is also the second most common reason that people visit the doctor.

Chronic pain is a major problem and has been a leading factor in the nation’s current opioid abuse epidemic. In order for healthcare providers to combat this epidemic, it is essential to track pain and find effective treatment plans.

Fear and Anxiety Play a Factor in Back Pain

Patients’ place great trust in their healthcare providers, and it is important to inadvertently not make their fears worse. If the patient already suffers from depression, providing encouragement and optimism about their prognosis is vital. Sometimes a patient’s fear of a disabling medical condition or surgery can create anxiety after visiting the doctor. Since anxiety and depression can cause symptoms of back pain to linger, it is imperative to respond to the patient’s complaints in a timely manner.

Online health risk assessment programs and software tools like HealthAware can help you monitor patients’ chronic back pain on a daily and weekly basis via an online back pain diary.  

HealthAware Supports Back Pain Patients

HealthAware is proud to announce the addition of BackpainAware, our latest orthopedic online health risk assessment program that encourages patients’ to track their symptoms and back pain. Our program assesses your patient’s’ psychological, social, and biomedical risks for disability as it relates to their back pain.

Back pain is a considerable problem for many people. It costs them individually, and also society as a whole. Effective treatments for back pain exist, but often management based on clinical intuition alone fails to match the right patient with the best treatment option. The stratified care approach aims to improve this common health problem by providing a more systematic approach to management decisions.

How BackpainAware Works?

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The screening tools help categorizes patients suffering from chronic back pain into risk groups, from low to high risk. It also places them into prognostic subgroups that help healthcare workers determine the likelihood of them having ongoing back ailments. This enables you, as the healthcare provider, to determine what psychological and social impact back pain will have on each patient.

Our program helps illuminate multiple aspects of disability, and how it can impact your patients financially, whether it is through time off work or short-term disability. It can also affect employers via loss of productivity. BackpainAware helps you understand the risks and make the correct assessment for each individual patient.

This cost-effective approach has been proven to significantly decrease disability from back pain, reduce time off work for the patients who suffer from this condition and save everyone money by making better use of health resources.

For the 31 million Americans suffering from chronic back pain, finding an effective treatment plan is at the top of their lists. HealthAware’s BackpainAware is available to providers and healthcare systems to identify risk and help manage pain. To learn more about BackPainAware and how HealthAware’s online health risk assessment tools can benefit your organization please contact us to arrange a demo.