The AAPM 2020 educational program will be available in fall 2019. In the meantime browse 2019 meeting sessions and speakers to get a sense of the premier pain education offered during the AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconferences. Access recordings of past meeting sessions on demand.

3:30–6 pm Thursday, March 7

Opening Session: Awards & Basic Science Night (101)

Sensory Disturbances in CRPS: The Robert G. Addison, MD Award Presentation

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a debilitating and very painful condition characterized by sensory, autonomic and motor abnormalities. The condition and sensory disturbances may spread beyond the initial site of injury. The pathophysiology is poorly understood and probably involve multiple mechanisms including neuro-immune interactions, exaggerated neurogenic inflammation, changes in sympathetic function and changes in nociceptive processing. Findings regarding the involvement of changes in nociceptive processing have accumulated over the past decade. Dr. Knudsen will provide an overview of these findings and discuss the consequence of these for our understanding of CRPS.

Nociceptive Processing in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): The Robert G. Addison, MD Award Presentation

Lone Knudsen, MSc Psych PhD

The Neurobiology of Placebo Analgesia: How Expectation Modulates Pain

Howard L. Fields, MD PhD

Keynote Address - Opioid Crisis: HHS Strategy and Advancing Pain Management

Vanila M. Singh, MD MACM

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the spread of sensory disturbances in CRPS.
  • Describe the contribution of changes in nociceptive processing to CRPS
  • Participants will be able to identify and describe the US Department of Health and Human Services 5-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis
  • Participants will be able to identify and describe key points of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force draft report
9:15–10 am Friday, March 8

General Session II: Pardon the Interruption: Rapid-Fire Neuromodulation (103)

The AAPM 35th Annual Meeting General Session II will feature awards presentations and a must-see plenary presentation on neuromodulaion. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions from the audience to an expert panel.

Pardon the Interruption: Rapid-Fire Neuromodulation – Interventions

In this interactive session, the audience will hear varying perspectives on the rapidly evolving field of neurostimulation from experts in this area, to include indications, contraindications, patient selection including the need for trials and alternative selection schemes, long-term outcomes such as the durability of pain relief and the ability to reduce opioid consumption, preventing and managing complications, and differences between the various modalities. Audience members will be given the opportunity to present their own questions, to include the management of challenging cases.

8:15–9:15 am Friday, March 8

General Session I: Cannabis and Pain (102)

Be sure to attend the AAPM 35th Annual Meeting General Session I & Awards Presentation! Dr. Jianguo Cheng will deliver introductory remarks.

Cannabis and Pain: Closing the Gap Between Experience and Evidence

David Casarett, MD MS
Mark A. Ware, MBBS MRCP(UK) MSc

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine controversies in systematic reviews of cannabinoids and pain.
  • Analyze potential for cannabinoid-opioid therapeutic synergy.

Please note this session does not provide CME.


General Session III (104): Radiofrequency

Selecting Patients for Facet Blocks and Optimizing Lumbar Facet Radiofrequency Denervation Outcomes

Stephen P. Cohen, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess that medial branch blocks are more of a prognostic than diagnostic procedure.
  • Refine selection criteria for MBB and RF denervation.
  • Individualize and optimize the selection process for candidates for RF denervation.
  • Optimize RF lesion size.
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