Friday, April 27 (25)


7:30 am - 7 pm Registration Open

10 - 11 am; 2:30 - 7:30 pm Resource Center Open

10:15-10:30 am

Meet the Faculty

Take advantage of the opportunity to experience brief, informal yet meaningful conversations with Annual Meeting faculty, beyond the educational presentations. Three Meet the Faculty events will feature faculty addressing a specific pain treatment hot topic. Stop by the AAPM booth in the Resource Center to ask the experts your most burning questions, engage in evocative dialogue, share best practices, and network with faculty and fellow attendees.

Meet the Faculty session topic: Ketamine

11 am–12 pm

Basic, Translational, and Clinical Perspectives on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) (201)

View a recording of this live session when you purchase 2018 Annual Meeting On Demand.

The prevalence of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) remains high, however, definitive diagnosis is often delayed and treatment is not optimal secondary to lack of knowledge about best practices. This program will change learners’ approach to the diagnosis and management of CRPS in order to optimize early, mechanisms-based interdisciplinary treatment.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: From the Bench to the Bedside and Back

Vivianne Tawfik, MD PhD

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Thoughts on Diagnosis and Promising New Therapies

R. Norman Harden, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of the mechanisms underlying CRPS and the rationale behind newer treatment options.
  • Employ the best approach to the diagnosis of CRPS including an appreciation of emerging diagnostic developments.
  • Define cutting edge treatment options including interdisciplinary approaches.
11 am–12 pm

Brain Imaging of Chronic Pain, Research Findings and Guidelines for Medicolegal Applications (202)

View a recording of this live session when you purchase 2018 Annual Meeting On Demand.

This session will discuss brain imaging technologies to study chronic pain, along with nerve and brain nerve abnormalities in chronic pain conditions, treatment effects, and pre-treatment outcome indicators. In addition, faculty will discuss IASP task force findings of the technical and neuroethical issues of using brain imaging to diagnose and prognosticate treatment outcomes.

Abnormalities of the Dynamic Pain Connectome in Chronic Pain: Can Neuroimaging Be Used to Predict Pain and Treatment Outcomes?

Karen D. Davis, PhD

Brain Functional and Anatomical Reorganization in the Management of Chronic Pain

Marwan N. Baliki, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the multidimensional and plasticity of the dynamic pain connectome (brain circuitry underlying pain).
  • Review the contribution of individual factors to the dynamic pain connectome in chronic pain patients.
  • Review the IASP task force recommendations of the use of brain imaging for pain diagnostics and prognostics.
  • Examine how neuroimaging techniques might aid clinicians in designing more efficacious strategies for pain treatment and rehabilitation.
11 am–12 pm

Multidisciplinary Care Model and Contemporary Strategies for Intrathecal Drug Delivery (203)

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Review recent notable changes in the management strategies for patients with a targeted drug delivery system. Speakers will also discuss safety, efficacy, and best practices when employing intrathecal therapy. Pharmacodynamic risks will be compared with oral analgesics, including the risk of respiratory depression, endocrinopathy, hyperalgesia, and addiction. Systemic opioid cessation will be discussed alongside an appraisal of the economics of utilizing targeted drug delivery in a contemporary pain practice. 

Comparison of Intrathecal and Oral Analgesics: Selected Adverse Effects and Efficacy

Michael S. Leong, MD

Intrathecal Drug Delivery: Is Bolus Administration Better than Continuous?

Jason E. Pope, MD

Cost-Effectiveness of Targeted Drug Delivery

Robert Bolash, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Present the current best practice intrathecal treatments.
  • Demonstrate cost-effectiveness data about intrathecal therapy compared with conservative multidisciplinary care.
  • Select optimal patients for intrathecal therapy and adjust dosages, including tapering off intrathecal medications.
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