Evaluation and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Evaluation and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders

clinical settings, patients often present with musculoskeletal
disorders such as chronic back pain. Drugs are typically prescribed
to help manage this type of pain for patients. Of all drugs
prescribed, narcotic analgesics are one of the most common, with over
238 million prescriptions prescribed in 2011 (IMS Health, 2012). This
prevalence of prescribing narcotics has led to controversy among
patients, providers, pharmacies, and lawmakers. Due to the short- and
long-term effects of narcotic drugs, the controversy spans from
overuse of narcotics to non-medical use of narcotics. For advanced
practice nurses, it is essential to carefully observe and watch for
signs of drug abuse during patient evaluations. Because not all
musculoskeletal disorders require narcotics, a thorough patient
evaluation will help to ensure the development of an appr

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