Registration Info

This is a 1-day meeting and will provide 6 CE/CME credits.

Conference Registration Fee

Practicing Healthcare Professionals: $129

Non-Clinicians / Medical Office Support Staff / Industry Participants

In order to maintain the clinical nature of the conference, nonclinicians—including, but not limited to, office managers, billing specialists, receptionists, and administrative staff; guests, spouses, friends, and/or family members—may not attend PAINWeekEnd.


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Hilton Raleigh North Hills
3415 Wake Forest Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609

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Faculty and courses are subject to change. Please refer to the online agenda below for the most recent course descriptions.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019


    Coffee will be served.

  • Year of the Locusts: The CDC Guidelines Impact on Practitioners and Patients

    The CDC guidelines have caused controversy and spurred heated discussion. Produced with a paucity of evidence based medicine, they were never evaluated and iterated in the manner of more appropriate guidelines. In this course, we will examine the guidelines and their effect on practitioners—primary care physicians, pain specialists, etc—and chronic pain noncancer patients as well as some chronic cancer patients. Many functioning patients have had their opioid dosages diminished, either in concert with their physician or forcibly, without any say in the matter. This, along with a marked reduction in the amount of legal opioid medications that can be produced, has led to significant unintended consequences: practitioners are leaving the field; some refuse to even prescribe any opioids, mostly due to fear of overregulation; once functional patients are being abandoned by the medical field; patients are searching for something to return them to functionality, which can lead to overdose and death, particularly from heroin and illicit fentanyl. Indeed, the opioid crisis has now become the heroin and fentanyl crisis. During this presentation, solutions, and the changes necessary to bring them about, will be discussed.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-061-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00

    Breakfast will be served.

    Sponsored by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.


  • Neck and Upper Extremity Pain Syndromes

    There are many potential underlying causes for neck and upper extremity pain. All too often, only the most common conditions, such as a disk herniation centrally or carpal tunnel syndrome, are explored. The purpose of this course is to review other common problems such as radiculitis, and not so common such as rib arthropathy pain syndromes that can affect the neck and upper extremities. Attention will be given to clinical pearls for recognizing when patients present with such problems, as well as treatments that may prove helpful for both differentially diagnosing and treating various neck and upper extremity pain syndromes, especially many of those that are often missed or overlooked and easily treatable to resolution when they are identified.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-068-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • 3's Company: COX-2 Inhibitors, Medicinal Marijuana, and Opioid Prescribing

    There is much controversy around many aspects of pain treatment, and compelling arguments have focused on both sides of the fence regarding appropriate opioid use and prescribing, legalization of marijuana, and the safety of cox-2 inhibitors. In all  3 cases, there are issues associated with strong positions, although the evidence, when put into practice, is less black and white. For each topic, we will evaluate current literature and debate the clinical, legal, and ethical controversies surrounding recent developments in pain management. Attendees will get a better understanding as presenters debate evidence based application of the cdc guidelines in various clinical settings, evaluate clinical and ethical concerns regarding marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, and take a critical look at the literature and its application when using cox-2 inhibitors for treating pain.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-050-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00



    Lunch will be served.

    Sponsored by SCILEX.

  • Precise Prescribing: Applying the Science of Pain to Treatment Decisions

    Appropriate prescribing for acute and chronic pain in the midst of the opioid epidemic requires a strong knowledge of pain pathways and underlying mechanisms to optimize treatment decision-making. This symposium will integrate 3D modeling to bring pain and addiction mechanisms to life in order to promote a better understanding of evolving pain management strategies. Faculty will provide best practice strategies for the clinical assessment and management of acute and chronic pain aligned to supporting evidence and recommendations to guide safe and effective pharmacological and nonpharmacologic treatment choices.

    Presented by CME Outfitters and USF Health. Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

    Click here to download the slides for this presentation.

    • UAN: 0376-0000-19-015-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: Coming soon.

    Refreshments will be served.

    Sponsored by kaléo.

  • Migraine and More

    During this course, we will go over the clinical symptomatology of migraine in a number of its various forms, as well as the pathophysiology of migraine. Also examined will be the acute as well as prophylactic treatment of migraine using evidence based criteria.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-066-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.20
  • Back Pain: It's All About the Diagnosis

    The prevalence of back pain continues in spite of the many treatments available, without any single treatment being a panacea. In routine clinical practice there has been a tendency of clinical examinations to become more cursory, largely influenced by increasing demands of time and arguably an overreliance upon technology. It has been suggested that the failure to adequately differentially diagnose the cause of back pain can account for clinical failures in treatment. The purpose of this discussion is to assist clinicians in the development of a more specific problem focused examination to enhance the differential diagnosis of specific pain generators, and therefore lead to more patient specific treatment. Attention will be given to considering all aspects of the examination, including physical assessment as well as imaging studies, and the ability to rationalize when pathologies seen on imaging studies may or may not be clinically significant. The importance of considering how failed treatments influence the differential diagnosis will also be discussed.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-067-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00


To accompany and enrich your experience at the PAINWeekEnd conference, be sure to attend one or more of the sponsored programs, which are scheduled during breakfast, lunch, and afternoon "Brain Food" time slots in the schedule. There is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to attend these program sessions!