Sunday, March 10 (11)

8:30–9:30 am

New Safety Considerations for Interventional Pain: Risks Associated with Cumulative use of Steroid Injections, Short and Long-Term Complications of Disc Puncture and Provocation Discography (402) Featured

The safety of interventional spine procedures: adverse events of spine injections, long-term complications of discography, and risks and benefits of stopping of continuing anticoagulation medications.

An Update on Cumulative Steroid Risk with Spinal Injections

Byron Schneider, MD

Short-Term Risks of Disc Puncture and Provocation Discography

Zachary McCormick

Long-Term Risks of Provocation Discography

Zachary McCormick, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Quantify the indications, effectiveness, and common complications of epidural steroid injections.
  • Discuss the most up to date information regarding long term outcomes following discography.
  • Discuss the risk and benefits of maintaining versus ceasing anticoagulation medications for spine interventions.
8:30–9:30 am

Practical Manual Medicine Techniques to Use in the Office for Cervicogenic Headache and Sacroiliac Pain (401)

This will be a session to discuss and practice some physical and structural examination as well as muscle energy manual medicine treatment techniques for the sacral and cervical regions, as well as myofascial and the counter strain techniques for the cervical region. It will include some hands-on components that will allow a participant to feel comfortable trying these techniques on a patient or making better decisions for referral.

Indirect Manual Medicine Techniques in Cervical Spine by Myofascial Release and Counterstrain

James W. Atchison, DO

Muscle Energy Techniques for SacroIliac Joint Dysfunction

Arthur Kalman

Muscle Energy Treatment of Upper Cervical Spine for Headaches

Ben Marshall, DO

Learning Objectives:

  • Use hands-on palpatory skills to identify key muscle and bone landmarks in the cervical and sacral region, and assess alignment and movement patterns.
  • Describe and apply muscle energy (ME) treatment principles for somatic dysfunction in the cervical and sacroiliac regions.
  • Discuss the potential benefits and risks of manual treatments in the cervical and sacral regions, and refer her appropriately for treatment when indicated.
7–8:30 am

Advanced Procedures for Pain Practice: Patient Selection, Performance, Documentation and Billing: Pain Medicine Trainees Special Session (400)

This session is designed specifically for pain medicine physicians in training and will offer an opportunity for students, residents, and fellows to develop both clinical and practice management pain medicine knowledge and skills.

Even highly experienced practitioners struggle to balance clinical effectiveness and efficiency with the fast-paced rate of therapeutic and technological advancements in the constantly evolving field of pain medicine.

This 90-minute seminar will help prepare trainees for the next steps in their career as they work to establish a clinical practice while constantly continuing their education and training on complex procedures and techniques.

A speaker panel comprised of both current pain fellows and well-established practicing pain physicians will review case studies that highlight complex patient care and advanced percutaneous procedures and related coding and billing practices.

Discussions about indications, risks, and benefits of a variety of treatments will offer attendees the chance to walk away from this session with tangible, immediately applicable understanding of patient selection and patient safety, as well as documentation and billing tips to facilitate the necessary insurance authorizations.

All interested AAPM35 attendees are welcome to attend this session, especially medical students, residents, fellows, and pain fellowship program directors.

Ultrasound Injections (Large, medium, and small joints) and Tendon (Injection and TENEX)

Mark Bicket, MD

Regenerative Medicine (PRP and Stem Cells)

Jason Friedrich, MD


Sagar Parikh, MD

Vertebroplasty, Kyphoplasty, and Tumor Ablation Systems

Sayed Wahezi, MD

Percutaneous Image Guided Lumbar Decompression (MILD and Superion Vertiflex)

Sayed Wahezi, MD

This is a non-CME session.

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