PAINWeek Course Preview: Diagnosis and Treatment of Superimposed Chronic Lower Extremity Nerve Entrapment in Patients With Metabolic Disease

Give us a brief overview of your course at PAINWeek 2015.

This course begins with an explanation of the physiology of metabolic nerve entrapment, with particular focus on type II diabetes. Attendees will then learn how to clinically diagnose peripheral nerve entrapment and achieve an understanding of what can be gained from peripheral nerve decompression surgery. There will also be a review of the current peer reviewed literature in how this type of surgery can restore sensation and reduce pain in the patient with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Who should plan to attend?

Anyone who deals with patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy.

What will course participants learn that they can take back to their practices?

Today, many patients with peripheral neuropathy are trapped in the “dogma” that distal polysymmetrical peripheral neuropathy is at best treated with palliative agents such as pregabalin or gabapentin. In this course, participants will learn that there is true hope and a solution for many patients to have restoration of sensation, reduction of pain, and a greatly lowered rate of reulceration if they have had previous diabetic foot ulcers.

What is the “essential pearl” that PAINWeek participants will miss, if they miss your course?

How to select those patients that could benefit from this type of surgery, and how to diagnose lower extremity peripheral nerve entrapment.

As you review the Schedule at a Glance and design your course agenda for PAINWeek 2015, plan to make Dr. Barrett’s program a part of your PAINWeek experience! We look forward to your participation at PAINWeek—the  National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners!


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