Defines low back pain. Describes the prevalence of this condition within the U.S. Identifies the different causes of low back pain. Describes some of the treatment approaches employed. Discuss ways to prevent low back pain.
Defines what meditation is. Identifies the benefits of meditation and the research supporting these benefits. Summarizes the history of meditation and how it came to be popular in North America. Identifies the most popular meditation techniques. Determines how to troubleshoot challenges that may arise while meditating.
Identifies the memory changes that take place in normal aging. Discusses how mild cognitive impairment (MCI) differs from memory loss in normal aging and from dementia. Describes the cognitive and personality changes that take place in Alzheimer’s disease. Identifies cognitive and personality changes that occur in a range of non-Alzheimer’s disease dementias.
Identifies the symptoms of and recovery pattern from a mild brain injury. Describes the difficulties in making the diagnosis of mild brain injury. Lists the steps in managing sports-related mild brain injuries. Describes treatment strategies for reducing the impact of mild brain injury on cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and vocational functioning. Identifies lifestyle changes that can prevent the onset of a mild brain injury.
Identifies the anatomy and function of the neck and shoulder joint. Identifies the different neck and shoulder disorders. Discusses the differences in presentation of signs and symptoms among the different neck and shoulder disorders. Describes the role of imaging in the diagnosis of neck and shoulder disorders. Lists surgical and non-surgical treatment options for these disorders. Discusses recent advances in joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty) and artificial disc replacement.
Identifies the importance of neurotransmission for higher cognitive functions of the human brain. Outlines known neurotransmitters and their interplay in the brain as well as the influence of various neurotransmitters on thought, mood, and emotions. Identifies the various pharmaceutical and alternative remedies that influence the function of neurotransmitters. Discusses possible ways to optimize patient management and minimize of drug interactions, including those with medications used in dental practice.
Identifies and describe cognitive behavioral therapy techniques used in treatment of insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Discusses how existing communication technology expands psychotherapeutic treatment options. Lists reasons why many people with anxiety disorders never seek medical help. Discusses how non-traditional approaches can improve patient care and outcomes.
Identifies essential fatty acids and their metabolites, including eicosanoids, and the beneficial role fatty acids play in maintaining health. Describes clinical implications of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency and issues surrounding supplementation with these compounds. Discusses possible clinical benefits of supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids for various conditions, including neurologic, cardiovascular and immunologic pathology. Identifies issues related to mercury contamination of food sources, including fish and other seafood, and proper dietary recommendations for various categories of patients, including pregnant women, patients with essential fatty acid deficiencies, and patients with neurologic concerns.