No Life Limited By Pain 2015

The 26th Annual Meeting

Gaylord National

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26th Annual Meeting

about the meeting

Each year we gather practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines to exchange ideas and expand their knowledge about taking an integrative approach to pain management. You'll hear and connect with some of the most forward-thinking experts in the field. Learn about the future of pain management; participate in practical, roll-up-your-sleeves sessions; state and federal policies that may affect your practice; and much more. Continue

continuing education

The Academy offers continuing education credits for​ 10 different​ disciplines in order to help our members achieve their professional development goals. The Academy is an accredited provider of continuing medical education for physicians (ACCME) and for psychologists (APA). In addition, we work closely with accredited providers for the other disciplines to assure the best possible continuing education coverage for our attendees. See all credits being offered

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meeting schedule

    1. Advanced Cases in Opioid Prescribing: Providing the Right Care with the Right Documentation

      This six-hour, case-based educational activity is designed to address the challenges of treating the patient with complex chronic pain while also maximizing the efficacy and safety of opioids as part of providing a multidisciplinary approach to pain management.

    2. Myofascial Pain: Integrating Objective Physical Findings with Treatment Strategies

      This workshop integrates emerging knowledge from the pain sciences in a clinically accessible way.

    3. Advanced Credentialed Pain Practitioner Curriculum Review Course

      The goal of this course is to provide the participant with a framework for the evaluation of a patient presenting with a chronic pain condition.

    4. New Rules, New Tools: Integrative Approaches to Pain Management

      Attendees will learn specific techniques and procedures for diagnosing and treating many key factors that perpetuate pain.

    5. President’s Welcome

    6. Keynote: The Future of Pain Management: The Role of Self-Care and Integrative Collaboration

      In this keynote talk, Dr. Jonas will give an overview of pain and pain drug use in the nation with a special focus on the impact of these trends in U.S. Military. He will then review what we know about self-care and integrative approaches to pain and describe strategies to accelerate the “cultural transformation” called for by the IOM.

    7. President’s Reception

    1. Morning Mindfulness Meditation

      This meditation will include a brief description of basic mindfulness concepts (e.g. pay attention to the present moment, developing self-compassion) but will primarily be an experiential engagement in the practice.

    2. Supported Breakfast

    3. Keynote: Comprehensive Pain Management Incorporating Complementary and Integrative Medicine: The Military Medicine Experience

      This keynote will discuss the complex nature of these clinical challenges and the ongoing efforts of the Military health System to use an holistic, patient-centered, multidisciplinary, integrative approach to chronic pain management, including the use of complementary and integrative modalities.

    4. Controlled Substance Monitoring Database: Past, Present, and Future

      In this session, we will look at the history of the program, where we are today, and what we might expect to see from the program in the future.

    5. Dying Without Pain: The Promise of Palliative Care

      We will explore advanced techniques for ensuring that the toughest antemortem pain presentations do not rob patients of a dignified and peaceful end.

    6. Comparing Outcomes of Two Retrospective Surveys: Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate vs. Adipose-derived Stromal Vascular Fraction for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee and Spine Pain

      This talk will discuss the outcomes of two retrospective surveys of patients treated with either bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) or adipose-derived stromal vascular fraction (SVF); one for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee and the other for the treatment of spine pain.

    7. Exhibit Hall Grand Opening – Coffee Break

    8. Best Poster Awards and Poster Session – Exhibit Hall

    9. Opioid-induced Hyperalgesia

      The type of pain experienced might be the same as the underlying pain or might be different from the original underlying pain. OIH appears to be a distinct, definable, and characteristic phenomenon that could explain loss of opioid efficacy in some patients.

    10. Communication Strategies: Tough Subjects in Chronic Pain

      The focus will be on straight forward motivational interviewing techniques and goal setting using the nurse case management process when dealing with tough subjects in chronic pain management.

    11. Nutrition and Supplements for the Treatment of Neuro-Inflammatory Conditions

      This presentation will discuss the latest research on the role of nutritional issues in the creation and maintenance of neuro-inflammatory conditions, review the diagnostic workup for these conditions and their treatment.

    12. Supported Lunch

    13. Rational Polypharmacy and Chronic Pain

      This presentation will cover various aspects of polypharmacy in chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) including safe opioids prescribing, best practices in opioid monitoring, use of adjunctive medications and benefits of harms of combining multiple pharmaceutical drugs for CNCP.

    14. The Symphony of Mindfulness and Sleep: Circadian Correlates to Pain Management

      Cancer patients often present with associated symptoms including chronic pain, sleep disorders, fatigue, and mood alterations that are leading causes of distress. Circadian rhythm disruption and inflammation are mechanisms central to this common symptom cluster. Multidisciplinary efforts to develop interventions that reverse the cycle of poor quality sleep, chronic pain, fatigue and inflammation are required. […]

    15. Neuromodulation

      This session will explore best practices and faculty experience with spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery.

    16. Keynote: From Contracts to Consent: The Evolution of Opioid Ethics

      This presentation will examine the history of contracts/agreements in pain management especially for opioid therapy for chronic non-cancer pain. An analysis of the nature of contracts/agreements in law and ethics will illustrate how these contracts/agreements compromise the practitioner-patient relationship. The Veterans Affairs paradigm shift away from contracts/agreements toward informed consent will be presented as a […]

    17. Break/Exhibits

    18. VA Pain Care Transformation

      This session will describe the unique pain concerns of military Veterans, particularly those with multiple co-occurring conditions related to combat deployment. A VA-wide pain care transformation initiative based upon the six essential elements of evidence based, biopsychosocially oriented pain care will be outlined. The emphasis of this transformational initiative on self-care/self management, non-pharmacological/non-interventional approaches and […]

    19. Hormones and Pain Care

      This course will cover testing interpretation and the necessity of hormone homeostasis for healing inflammation control and analgesic effectiveness.

    20. The ABC’s of ACT: Utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain Syndrome

      The basic concepts of ACT will be introduced along with a review of the recent literature that supports its effectiveness for treating Individuals with chronic pain syndromes.

    21. Pain Game

      This interactive session will review the meeting session content presented in a trivia-style game format.

    22. Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall

    1. Meditation in Motion

      The practice will include pranayama (yogic breathing) to stimulate the relaxation response. Gentle movement with a variety of body positions and a mindfulness meditation will also be included.

    2. Supported Breakfast

    3. Keynote: Migraine and Obesity: Epidemiological Lessons and New Directions

      This presentation will review the epidemiological data supporting that migraine is comorbid with obesity.

    4. Coffee Break, Exhibits and Hall Drawings

    5. The Role of Acupuncture in Integrative Pain Management

      This session will be a discussion of the research and evidence for the use of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the treatment of various pain conditions.

    6. A Comprehensive Overview of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

      Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which currently affects millions of people, is poorly understood by the medical community. It is estimated that the average patient afflicted with this disorder sees 4.3 physicians before a correct diagnosis is made. This lecture will describe the signs and symptoms of CRPS, its relationship to other chronic pain diseases, […]

    7. Essentials of Point-of-Care Urine Drug Testing in Pain Medicine

      This presentation will focus on the essentials of point-of-care urine drug testing, with an emphasis on the pain management context.

    8. Happy Gut, Happy Life

      Digestion relates to a group of organs working together to convert food and other substances into energy and nutrients that are the fuel for a healthy mind and body.

    9. An In-depth Look at CRPS: From Diagnosis to Treatment as Illustrated by Case Histories

      CRPS is truly a complex disorder with many subtle findings in addition to those commonly seen. This session will discuss the constitutional findings and present case histories to facilitate the discussion. This talk will also feature diagnostic testing and treatments, especially ketamine infusions. Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants will be better able […]

    10. Back Pain: Things that Matter-Focus on Smoking and Obesity

      Lecture will cover factors that affect low back pain that are outside the commonly thought of risks.

    11. Supported Lunch

    12. Coffee Break, Exhibits and Hall Drawings

    13. Understanding the DEA Requirements for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

      This session will focus on the benefits of EPCS, understanding the requirements of the DEA ruling and how organizations can implement a project plan.

    14. Have We Forgotten the Power of Enzymes in Pain Management?

      Learn how to utilize them in your practice from Athletes to Critically Ill Patients and how to select the appropriate enzyme for particular medical conditions.

    15. The Panacea of Exercise

      This session will introduce the audience to a comprehensive approach to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease with exercise science.

    16. Exhibit Hall Drawing – Last Chance!

    17. Keynote: Can Pharmacogenetic Testing Improve the Treatment of Pain?

      This keynote presentation will discuss the roles of pharmacogenetic testing in the treatment of pain.

    18. Topical Applications of Compounded Medicines

      Pain is a complex concept with equally complex treatment options. Oral pain agents are generally well understood while topical applications are a lagging option despite the benefits and a reduced side effect profile. We will discuss different kinds of pain for which topical applications can be the treatment of choice, while bypassing the GI system, […]

    19. Lumbar Region Pain: Common Sources, Prevalence, Evaluation, and Interventional Treatments

      This lecture will cover some common sources of lumbar region pain.

    20. Yoga and Mindfulness for the Management of Pain: An Exploration of the Art and Science of Healing

      The scientific evidence for the health benefits of mindfulness and yoga will be reviewed. The application of yoga as a cost-effective approach to increasing core stability and flexibility will also be addressed.

    21. Plenary: Pain and Disparities: Research Challenges, Potential Mechanisms, and Emerging Interventions

      This symposium will discuss: 1) methods for engaging marginalized groups in pain research, 2) theoretical models and determinants that contribute to differences in pain experience, 3) sociodemographic, behavioral, and physiological covariates of pain in diverse groups, and 4) emerging interventions to reduce disparities.

    1. Meditation in Motion

      The practice will include pranayama (yogic breathing) to stimulate the relaxation response. Gentle movement with a variety of body positions and a mindfulness meditation will also be included.

    2. Supported Breakfast

    3. Introduction into Advanced Headache Management

      This presentation will prepare the provider to: recognize the reassuring pattern of primary headaches, and develop a comprehensive evidence-based plan that meets the patients’ needs.

    4. Non-Narcotic Pain Control: Peri-auricular PENFS (Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Field Stimulation): Military and Civilian Applications for Acute and Chronic Pain

      Theory, anatomy, conditions for application, and demonstration of application will be discussed and presented.

    5. 10 Treatment Techniques That You Can Do in Your Office to Reduce Low Back and SI Joint Pain

      This session will explore different manual therapy approaches to quickly reduce low back and SI joint pain.

    6. Break

    7. Beyond Advanced Headache Management: What to Do When Nothing is Working

      This presentation will prepare the provider to: recognize the perpetuating factors for primary headaches, distinguish which headaches require additional investigation, and develop a comprehensive plan that meets the patients’ needs.

    8. Battlefield Acupuncture

      Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) will be defined regarding its purpose. A short history of the development and fMRI data will be presented.

    9. Autonomic Nervous System Self-Regulation with Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for an Integrative Pain Management Approach

      The workshop will introduce HRV biofeedback as a safe, objective, low resource treatment. The basic science of cardiopsychology will be reviewed.