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Updates and Practice Recommendations to

Optimize the Assessment and Treatment of Pain

Headache, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic, Myofascial, Cancer, Abdominal, Pelvic, Musculoskeletal, Spinal Pain

Relieving pain is one of the most challenging, yet important responsibilities in the practice of medicine. Whether we are addressing spinal, fibromyalgia, headache, abdominal, neuropathic, musculoskeletal or cancer pain, achieving optimal outcomes requires up-to-date treatment approaches.

In the past year alone, there have been significant changes in how we address pain related to these conditions. This program, Evaluating and Treating Pain, expediently and effectively ensures you are current with these changes and can incorporate them into practice to better assess pain complaints and develop an optimal course of action to relieve patient suffering. 

The evidence-based recommendations provided in this program cover:

  • Medications
  • Injection Therapies
  • Implantables
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Surgery
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Interventional Techniques
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine

NEW STRATEGIES, GUIDELINES, AND UPDATES

Highlights of the 2020 program include:

  • Updates on the evaluation and treatment of pain: spinal, neuropathic, cancer, musculoskeletal, visceral, headache, fibromyalgia
  • State-of-the-art approaches to opioids:
    • How to recognize addiction
    • Alternatives to opioids
    • Weaning patients off of opioids
    • Patient selection
    • Dosing
    • Legal guidance for prescribing
  • Medical marijuana in clinical practice
  • Risk stratification, screening, and addiction psychopharmacology
  • Advances in pharmacologic treatments, injection therapies, and implanted devices
  • When and how to utilize acupuncture, mind/body interventions, and other complementary and alternative medicine techniques
  • Guidance for combining treatment options to assure adequate pain control
  • Techniques to improve examination and evaluation of the patient in pain: neurologic, musculoskeletal, psychosocial
  • Advances in complementary and alternative approaches to pain medicine
  • Interventional techniques for cancer patients
  • Measuring outcomes
  • Treating back pain: pathophysiology, imaging, interventional techniques, surgical management

TECHNIQUES AND BEST PRACTICES FOR MANAGING THE DIFFICULT PATIENT

  • Disabled or deceiving? Best practices for disability evaluations
  • Resolving difficult encounters with patients
  • The best methods to deal with patients when discontinuing opioids
     

OPTIONAL: SKILLS ADVANCEMENT WORKSHOPS 
Monday - Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
(Light refreshments provided)

Introducing and Assessing Meditation as an Intervention for Relief of Chronic Pain
Monday evening, June 15

Lectures, guided demonstrations, and practice

This workshop offers clinicians a practical, engaging education experience, where you can learn about:

  • Meditation as a mind/body intervention for pain management
  • The biological and psychological mechanisms through which meditation relieves chronic pain
  • When, where and how meditation is being incorporated into mainstream practice
  • The form of meditation known as Relaxation Response, and get a template for teaching this technique to your patients
  • Methods of monitoring and assessing patients’ progress
     

Botulinum Toxin Injections for the Treatment of Headache and Other Pain
Tuesday evening, June 16

Lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and practice

This workshop provides education and instruction for utilizing botulinum toxin injections to alleviate pain. Participants get updates, instruction, and hands-on practice for:

  • Procedural headache medicine
  • Performing botulinum toxin injections for headache
  • Performing botulinum toxin injections for other common pain problems
     

2020 Medicolegal Risks of Opioid Prescription: How to Safeguard Yourself and Your Practice 
Wednesday evening, June 17

Lecture, Q&A, bring your own cases

This workshop provides practical and timely education to better understand, navigate, and safeguard yourself within the current medicolegal environment surrounding opioid prescription. 

  • The new prescription guidelines and why adherence does not necessarily ensure immunity from investigation/indictment
  • Updates and relevant explanations about the current risks for prescribers: criminal prosecution, civil liability, medical-board disciplinary actions, malpractice suits
  • When and how these risks apply to your practice
  • Strategies to minimize your risk
  • Best practices for assessing the medicolegal risk vs. patient benefit of opioid therapy
  • Best practices for documentation (and other effective steps to limit your exposure)
  • What to do if you are investigated

Participants are encouraged to bring questions and cases relevant to your personal practice of medicine and to present to them to the experts. Dr. Warfield and Mr. Wish both have considerable experience with recent criminal and disciplinary cases against clinicians.
 

Conducting Difficult Conversations with Pain Patients
Thursday evening, June 18

Strategies, problem-solving education, role play and practice

This workshop helps clinicians to better prepare for and conduct difficult conversations with frustrated, angry or upset paint patients and conversations about opioid use and discontinuation.  Participants get guidance to improve the process, experience and outcome for these conversations, including:

  • Approaches that yield a better understanding of the patient’s agenda
  • Setting your goals for the conversation and how to prepare accordingly
  • Avoiding common missteps
  • Techniques that result in a better patient/provider rapport and dialog
  • Best practices to leverage these difficult conversations to produce more productive paint management and improved functional outcomes