Clinical Disorders of the Aging Spine


CME: Clinical Disorders of the Aging Spine

Edward P Abraham, MD, FRCSC,
Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics, Dalhousie University Medical School, Saint John Campus, Saint John NB Canada Canada East Spine Centre, Horizon Health Network.

Hamilton Hall, MD, FRCSC,
Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Executive Director, Canadian Spine Society, Toronto, ON.

This learning program has been developed for primary care physicians, educators, and other health care professionals.

  • It’s best viewed with accompanying video and voice-over narration.
  • This program runs in a sequence, and is accompanied by pre- and post-presentation quizzes, as well as informative illustrations and animations.You may pause, rewind, or fast-forward at any point.
  • Slides with animations will pause automatically; to view the animation press Play on the video itself; to continue to the next slide press Next on the slides viewer controls.
  • After completing this program, at the end of the presentation from the Appendix page, you will be offered to download the “Certificate of Participation.”

At the completion of this learning module, the participants should be able to:
  • Identify the common mechanical causes of back pain in the elderly
  • List the characteristics of neurogenic claudication and describe how it differs from degenerative disc disease
  • Describe the two typical presentations of degenerative spondylolisthesis and explain how they are produced
  • Outline the reasons for referral to a spine surgeon for neurogenic claudication, degenerative disc disease, degenerative spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, spinal deformity and osteoporotic compression fracture

This eLearning module fits within the Mainpro+ Self-Learning Activities Section. You may submit this non-certified* activity for one non-certified credit per hour.

At the end of the presentation you may also download the Certificate of Participation as a confirmation of you taking part in this activity.

*Non-certified activities have not been formally reviewed by the College but comply with the College’s definition of CPD, are non-promotional in nature, and provide valuable professional learning opportunities.

Views and opinions in this program are of the faculty and not necessarily endorsed by, or reflective of, those of the publisher or editors of Health Plexus.

The development of this CME program was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Medtronic Canada Ltd.