Applying Lessons Learned from the DoD and VA in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Pain (406)

9:45–10:45 AM Sunday, March 1

Leaders in military and VA medicine discuss unique aspects of the treatment of pain in active duty service members and veterans to include the role of integrative medicine, halting the transition from acute to chronic pain after injury, and the stepped care model of pain management. The generalizability of these issues to civilian pain care, and the challenges faced by federal medicine providers, are discussed.

Stepped Care Model for Pain Management: Relevance for Civilian Care

Friedhelm Sandbrink

Integrative Pain Medicine

Eric Schoomaker

Preventing Chronic Pain After Trauma

Chester Buckenmaier

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the role aggressive acute pain treatment has in preventing the chronification of pain after injury.
  • Develop an appreciation of the unique features of service—and combat-related wounds, injuries, and illnesses and comorbidities that have led to chronic pain problems—including chronic opioid problems after more than a decade and a half of armed conflict.
  • Discuss the benefits and possible shortcomings of the stepped care model for pain management.