8 am–4:30 pm Wednesday, March 6

Pain Management Best Practices: Integrative Solutions for Critical Challenges Preconference (PME)

Pain Management Best Practices aims to address the most critical challenges currently facing pain medicine, and to address the needs and demands of the growing population of patients suffering from chronic pain to improve this population’s quality of care.

Timely and practical information for pain management will be delivered through didactic lectures, case studies with audience participation and interactive small group discussions. Bring your toughest clinical dilemma and join expert faculty to examine the compelling challenges facing pain medicine practitioners today as well as in the coming decades. Together, faculty and attendees will explore the current evidence, best practices, and emerging therapies in order to develop practical and integrative solutions.

Session topics will include:

  • Not Your Parent’s Stimulator: Making Sense of SCS Algorithms
  • SCS for Low Back Pain and Spinal Stenosis
  • SCS for Limb Pain: CRPS, Neuropathies and Phantom Limb
  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
  • Maximizing Success with Neurostimulation: Pre-Op Psych Screen
  • Knee pain: Diagnostic Challenge
  • Knee pain: Intra-articular Steroids vs Viscosupplement vs Radiofrequency Ablation vs Surgery
  • Mental Health Disorder and Effect on Short- and Long-Term Outcomes
  • Regenerative Medicine for Pain: Current Therapies and Future Directions

Afternoon programming will allow learners to rotate through three interactive modules with panels discussing:

  • Care of the Complex Patient
  • Headache Evaluation and Management: Medical and Interventional Approaches
  • Sacroiliac Joint, Hip Joint, and Shoulder Joint - Evaluation, PE, Treatment Options
8 am–Noon Thursday, March 7

Ultrasound-Guided Acute and Chronic Pain Medicine Interventions Preconference (002)

The field of pain medicine ultrasonography is rapidly evolving with new applications for acute and chronic pain that can be rapidly applied to clinical practice. Ultrasound guidance offers the potential benefits of accuracy, portability, direct visualization of vasculature and decreased radiation exposure. With improving technology, emerging applications continue to evolve for pain medicine sonography.

This program provides an overview of the advantages and limitations of ultrasound guidance in the practice of pain medicine and provides hands-on applications for the ultrasound novice. The advantages and disadvantages of ultrasound and fluoroscopy also will be discussed. Attendees will practice real-time techniques for common ultrasound procedures and will review the available literature regarding feasibility, safety and outcomes.

Attendees will rotate through live model hands-on stations with a low faculty-to-learner ratios covering treatments listed below. A limited number of reduced-price registrations will be offered for trainees currently enrolled in fellowship programs.

  • Head and Neck: Including third occipital nerve, cervical medial branch, cervical facet joint, TMJ, cervical selective nerve root block, stellate ganglion, occipital nerve, V2/V3, and US guidance for nerve ablation
  • Lumbar Spine, Sacrum, Pelvis: Including lumbar facet joint injection, lumbar medial branch, SI joint, SI joint denervation (posterior sacral network), caudal epidural, piriformis, iliopsoas bursa, IL/IH nerve, genitofemoral nerve, pudendal nerve, lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, US guidance for nerve ablation
  • Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal and Nerve: Including AC joint, glenohumeral joint, subacromial/subdeltoid bursa, biceps tendon, suprascapular nerve, cubital tunnel, carpal tunnel, US guidance for nerve ablation and brachial plexus blocks
  • Lower Extremity: Including hip joint, knee joint, trochanteric bursa, saphenous nerve, common peroneal nerve at the fibular head, superficial peroneal nerve, deep peroneal nerve, tibial nerve, sural nerve, US guidance for nerve ablation
  • Ultrasound Guidance for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
  • Ultrasound Guidance for Regenerative Medicine
8 am–Noon Thursday, March 7

Opioid and Non-Opioid Medications Management: Filling in the Gaps, Prescribing for the Whole Patient Preconference (001)

The pharmacologic management of chronic pain is an important aspect of most if not all clinicians’ daily practices. However, strategies aimed at optimizing the use of non-opioid analgesics while mitigating the potential risks associated with opioid use can be difficult to implement. This course will provide timely, useful, practical information about the use of opioid and non-opioid analgesics to treat adults with chronic pain.

Session topics will include:

  • Opioid Pharmacology
  • Buprenorphine and Ketamine: Atypical Analgesics?
  • Monitoring Long-Term Opioid Therapy: Risk Mitigation and CDC Guideline Integration
  • Opioid Tapering and Case Presentation
  • Anticonvulsants for Neuropathic Pain
  • Analgesic Antidepressants for Chronic Pain
  • Arachnoiditis and Aberrant Drug- Related Behavior: Management and Treatment Options

The afternoon portion of the program will consist of Rapid-Fire Pharmacotherapy Review on:

  • NSAIDs and Muscle Relaxants for Chronic Pain
  • Topical Analgesics for Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Anticoagulant Management in   Pain Medicine
  • Pharmacologic Management of Migraine Headache
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