Next Ask-Five Video and Education Module Target Spine Care
New tools bring Choosing Wisely® into the office visit
One of the top two reasons patients see their doctor is for back pain. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association reports that 80 percent of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. With that in mind, Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization (LVPHO), has added spine care to its ask-five.com video series, geared to the viewing public, and is creating a new TLC education module for physicians on the topic.
The new video, still in production, features Gary Tarola, DC, Chief, Chiropractic Medicine, Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) and Chirag Kalola, MD, LVPG Physiatrist. They address five questions often heard during office visits, and provide answers based on clinical evidence and the principles of Choosing Wisely®. The latter is a nationwide effort, started in 2012, to advance a national dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.
“There is a Choosing Wisely and LVPHO focus surrounding the over-use of magnetic resonance imaging studies for low back pain,” says Jaclyn Solick, RN, BSN, Director of Marketing and Business Communications. “The physicians in the video and the education module emphasize that MRIs are often not needed, and can add unnecessary costs and complications to diagnosis and treatment of acute back pain.”
The video helps consumers understand the nature of back pain, and what distinguishes a serious pain versus a mechanical one. The physicians also discuss methods of self-care and what signs to look for that would warrant a second visit to the doctor, offering consumers clear guidelines for a response to their pain. “When patients have the ability to educate themselves prior to a doctor’s visit, they are empowered to make better choices as they consult with their physicians,” says Solick.
The educational module for LVPHO member physicians will be available in the second quarter of 2018. The spine care video series will be available in the coming weeks.
View the current ask-five videos here.