Opioids, Pain & Spine Health: Compassion for a Complex Topic


Featuring the National Spine Health Foundation’s Opioid, Pain, & Spine Health Task Force, our experts discuss the significant challenges surrounding back and neck pain management and the appropriate use of opioid medications in managing both acute and chronic spine pain. Our expert panel highlights the complexity of pain management following spine surgery, the risks associated with opioid use, and ways to minimize opioid dependency while effectively managing pain.

This compassionate conversation touches on modern strategies, including multimodal pain management, the implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols, and the promise of personalized medicine tailored to individual patient needs. Our Task Force dives into the importance of patient education to prevent opioid addiction and the benefit of understanding genetic profiles in predicting opioid dependence to develop strategies to avoid dependence.