Sunday, March 10 (11)

9:45–10:45 am

Immediate Adverse Events Associated with Epidural Injections, Particulate Versus Non-Particulate Steroid Use During Epidural Injections (406)

New evidence has come to light regarding best safety practices during interventional pain procedures. This session highlights the most current high quality literature that investigates safety considerations related to anticoagulation management during interventional pain procedures, adverse event risk mitigation during epidural steroid injections, and preventing long-term disc degeneration following lumbar provocation discography.

The Risks and Benefits of Ceasing Versus Maintaining Anticoagulation Medications During Interventional Pain Procedures

Byron Schneider, MD

Immediate and Early Adverse Events of Epidural Steroid Injections: What Does the Most Rigorous Evidence Teach Us?

David J. Kennedy, MD

An Evidence-Based Update on Particulate vs. Non-Particulate Steroid Use During Epidural Injections

David J. Kennedy, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the body of literature and best evidence regarding anticoagulation management during interventional pain procedures.
  • Define the adverse event rates in the immediate and early post-procedure time period following epidural steroid injection according to clinical practice guidelines and how to mitigate these risks.
  • Interpret new data that addresses the longterm effects of lumbar provocation discography performed according to modern techniques not used in prior studies.
9:45–10:45 am

Managing Complex Chronic Pelvic Pain: An Interdisciplinary Approach (405) Featured

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) affects as many as 30% of people worldwide. The co-occurence of complex CPP in patients with multiple other common chronic pain conditions is under recognized. A multidisciplinary faculty will describe the assessment and treatment of complex CPP and present new insights into its pathophysiology as well as new treatment modalities.

New Insights into Neurological Disorders Associated with Complex Pelvic Pain: Impact on Assessment and Treatment

Charles E. Argoff, MD

How Can Neuromodulation Be Effectively Incorporated into the Treatment of the Person with Complex Chronic Pelvic Pain

Julie Pilitsis, MD PhD

Complex Chronic Pelvic Pain: Principles of Assessment and Treatment

Elise De, MD PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the person presenting with CPP in general as well specifically for the management of their painful symptoms upon completion of this session.
  • Treat the person with CPP in a multidisciplinary manner upon completion of this session.
  • Evaluate the person with CPP for specific underlying diagnoses that may assist in their improving treatment outcome upon completion of this session.
8:30–9:30 am

How to Get Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals (404)

Gain invaluable tips and strategies on how to get your research published. Pain Medicine, the official journal of AAPM, considers international research and systematic review papers on all pain topics. Learn how to submit your best research to Pain Medicine!

Please note this session does not provide CME.

8:30–9:30 am

The Power of Groups: How, Why, When, and Where to Start a Pain Psychology Group (403)

These sessions will equip participants with knowledge on the efficacy of pain psychology interventions in light of the changing healthcare environment. The session will highlight special applications of pain psychology such as brief interventions and group based treatments.

Where the Past Meets the Future: Pain Psychology in a Changing World

Judith Scheman, PhD

The Power of Groups: How, Why, When and Where to Start a Pain Psychology Group

Sara Davin, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge of the evidence supporting pain psychology interventions.
  • Acquire skills to deliver brief interventions based in the science of pain psychology.
  • Acquire skills to develop, implement and deliver group interventions that can be tailored for various complexities and types of pain.

Judith Scheman, PhD


Sara Davin, PhD

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