One of the most common chief complaints in primary care, urgent care, and emergency room settings is that of low back pain. It is, in fact, according to a presentation by Roger Chou, MD, per Providers Clinical Support System, the 5th most common reason for office visits in the United States. That equates to about 5% of primary care office visits. The prevalence of this chief complaint is rising, which is resulting in more prescriptions of opioids for treatment of this pain. Opioids are, in fact, the most commonly prescribed medication for low back pain. However, given that we are in the midst of an opioid crisis, the last thing we, as providers, want to do is to contribute to this problem, if at all possible. So, what exactly can we do to treat our patients effectively, while minimizing harm to the patient, and potentially to others?[Read more…] about Management of low back pain amidst an opioid crisis
Heather Reynolds, APRN
About Heather Reynolds, APRN
Heather Reynolds, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC joined the PPE team in August 2019. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband, two daughters, and fur babies. She has been a practicing family nurse practitioner since 2017, and has worked in both family medicine and urgent care in that role. She graduated with her ASN in 2012 from Ivy Tech Community College, obtained her BSN in 2014 from Purdue University Calumet, and obtained her MSN in 2016 from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently in a DNP program through the University of Louisville, slated to graduate in 2021 with both her DNP, and a dual certification as an AGACNP. Prior to graduating with her MSN, she worked as an RN in different fields, including a women's surgical unit, med/surg, PCU at a level-I trauma center, long-term care, and pediatric home health. When not working or at school, she is spending time with her family.