Current Concepts and Challenges in the Management of Pain

Los Angeles, California
Saturday, March 23, 2013

Current Concepts and Challenges in the Management of Pain
Saturday, March 23, 2013 7:30 AM - 5:15 PM (Pacific Time)

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Harvey Morse Conference/South Tower,Plaza Level
8701 Gracie Allen Drive
Los Angeles, California 90048
United States

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Course Description and Statement of Need
The relief of pain is the number one reason for patients to present in their physicians’ offices.  Whether acute or chronic, intractable pain affects millions of people worldwide; rich and poor, first world and third world.  In order to begin the process of managing pain, doctors must have an understanding of the mechanisms of pain, the pharmacology of analgesic medications, and the time to make a referral for more complex care.  There is not one single “boiler plate” protocol which will work in every situation.  This course will provide background and an update to address these issues by highlighting the clinical science of pain medicine and state-of-the-art therapies.

Target Audience
This educational activity is intended for neurologits, rheumatologits, physiatrists, pain management and primary care physicians.

Educational Objectives

  • Develop a systematic approach to deal with pain based on the current understanding of pain machanisms.
  • Evaluate treatment options for various chronic pain conditions including pharmacology, neural blokade, surgical and physical medicine and behavioral therapies.
  • Provide a systematic approach using evidence based medicine to evaluate the role for non-opiate pharmacology in migraine, azial pain and neuropathic pain.
  • Clarify the role for psychological assessments and therapies in the overall managment of chronic pain.
  • Describe the classidfication of neuropathic pain, list the therapeutic options based on the mechanisms and evaluate the outcome based on evidence based medicine.
  • Describe the biomechanics and functional anatomy of the spine.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of progressing neck and back pain, identify imaging modalitites that will be used and refer patients for more intensive management, if needed.
  • Recognized pain syndromes which can be responsive to advanced interventional techniques and make the appropriate referrals.
  • Classify migraine with and without aura, chronic migraine, medication overuse headache and chronic daily headache.
  • Identify the targets where medications work and where future medications may work.
  • Describe what my cause migraine to transform into chronic migraine and indicate the optimal treatments to use for chronic and acute migraine. 
Accreditation Statement
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

As an ACCME accredited provider, this activity will be planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Politcies of the ACCME and Criteria 1-22 with the goal of providing participants with an innovative, interactive learning experience that represents the best in medical education.

Credit Designation
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Course Materials
All meeting materials will be sent electronically. No hard copies will be available. 
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