This activity provides an update on the responsible management of chronic pain conditions. Dr. Atchison will discuss an interdisciplinary course of action in managing chronic pain conditions, consisting of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological means. This activity gives information about identifying patients with chronic pain and provides details about individualizing phases of treatment, using interdisciplinary care.
This program will discuss intrathecal therapy as an option for patients with severe chronic pain. Intrathecal pain therapy is a viable option for many patients suffering from severe chronic pain. This program will discuss the identification of potential candidates who may benefit from referral for this form of pain management, in addition to clinical data supporting its use, and monitoring of these patients.
Primary care providers frequently encounter various types of chronic non-cancer pain in their practice, including chronic low back pain, chronic headache, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, osteoarthritis, and others. Best practices for the management of chronic non-cancer pain consist of a multimodal approach, with the optimal incorporation of non-opioid treatment approaches. This session will describe multiple approaches to non-opioid pain management for the primary care. Strategies include both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches as well as interventional approaches. Recognizing that some of these may require referral to a specialist, the primary care provider, with heightened awareness of multiple non-opioid pain management treatments, will be able to more comprehensively evaluate and treat their patients with chronic pain.
Acute low back pain is a common reason for a patient to visit their primary care provider. Most back symptoms are usually self-limited. History and physical examination typically provide clues to the rare, but potentially serious causes of low back pain. The differential diagnosis will be explored and appropriate use of diagnostic testing, including x-rays, will be discussed. Participants will review current recommendations and treatment algorithms, and learn when it is appropriate to consider specialty referral.
During this session you will learn about ER/LA Opioids - Perspectives on Patient Assessment and Therapy Management, Goals of Therapy, Monitoring and Patient Education of ER/LA Opioids, Assessing ER/LA Opioid Products: Similarities and Differences Prescribers Need to Know. This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see http://ce.er-la-opioidrems.com/IwgCEUI/rems/pdf/List_of_RPC_Companies.pdf for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS education requirements issued by the US Food & Drug Administration.
Dr. Ehrlich will discuss the practical aspects of using medical marijuana by patients and how to best advice a patient who is headed for a marijuana dispensary. He will discuss the differences between the strains of medical marijuana and the forms of marijuana available for consumption.
In this Clinical Coffee Break, Dr. Nancy Chang discusses the diagnosis and management of somatic symptom disorder, a common and debilitating condition in which patients present with a myriad of chronic physical symptoms that appear disproportionate with the patient’s general physical condition.
This activity will include discussion of the sources and severity of pain in older patients. The pharmacology of the drugs available to treat pain in the elderly will be examined. Additionally, Dr. Conolly will review aspects of the aging body which make treating pain in the elderly different from treating pain in younger patients.
In this webcast, Nancy Chang, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, reviews the pathophysiology and management of chronic pain, with a focus on overcoming patients’ psychological barriers to controlling pain.
Individualization of treatment is important to effectively manage patients with chronic pain. Dr. Patin will discuss strategies to assess therapies and discuss ways to reduce reliance on pharmacological therapies for chronic pain management. He will also talk about approaches you can take to improve patient education and communication regarding pain management.
This activity presents a patient in chronic pain referred for evaluation regarding utilization/implementation of an interdisciplinary pain program. It will focus on the most common questions and concerns that a patient has about their pain, discontinuing their pain medications, and coming for interdisciplinary treatment. Dr. Atchison will discuss how to answer these questions to assist the patient to understand the need and benefit from this type of program.