Current Concepts and Challenges in the Management of Pain

Los Angeles, California
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Current Concepts and Challenges in the Management of Pain
Saturday, March 15, 2014 7:30 AM - 5:00 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 neurologists, rheumatologists, physiatrists, pain management, primary care
physicians, dentists, pain management nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants

Educational Objectives
  • Develop a systematic approach to deal with pain based on the current understanding of pain mechanisms.
  • Evaluate treatment options for various chronic pain conditions including pharmacology, neural blockade, surgical and physical medicine, and behavioral therapies.
  • Evaluate the role for non-opiate pharmacology in migraine, axial pain and neuropathic pain.
  • Identify the role for psychological assessments and therapies in the overall management of chronic pain.  
  • Describe the classification 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.
  • Identify generators of pain, how they are diagnosed, which imaging to use and when to refer patients for more intensive management.
  • Evaluate the techniques used for advanced interventional pain management and identify its indications, risks and benefits. 
  • 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 may 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. 

Credit Designation
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the ACCME for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal.

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