American Academy of Pain Medicine Presents “Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain” at PAINWeek 2013

In a new educational partnership, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, a leading pain specialty society, brings their expertise in multidisciplinary pain medicine practice to PAINWeek 2013.

Montclair, NJ (PRWEB) August 08, 2013

PAINWeek, the National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners, today announced that the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) will present its popular course, “Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain: What Every Primary Care and Pain Specialist Needs to Know” as a new educational track at the PAINWeek 2013 conference. Featuring faculty from both PAINWeek and AAPM, the educational track will be offered on Saturday, September 7, and will include sessions on the brain, neuropathic pain, cancer and palliative pain, and cervical and lumbar spine pain.

“The Brain in Pain” session by Michael H. Moskowitz, MD, MPH, will introduce participants to how the brain responds to acute and chronic pain and how it influences changes based upon that input in the body. Through understanding the influences of the neuroimmune system upon neuroplastic adaptation, new treatment targets and approaches will be examined. Dr. Moskowitz will describe the neuroplastic processes that occur in people with persistent pain and examine the link of brain and body in perpetuating and resolving pain. The presentation will also explore the phasic nature of persistent pain and the use of neuroplastic treatment as the core approach to resolve persistent inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Several approaches to directly incorporate such treatment into clinical practice will be discussed.

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, CPE, will follow with a presentation on “Understanding and Treating Neuropathic Pain.” Dr. Mackey will address the diagnostic and management challenges facing primary care providers, as an estimated 60 to 80 of every 1000 patients that they see present with symptoms of chronic neuropathic pain.

In the afternoon, Larry C. Driver, MD, will lead a course on “Cancer Pain and Palliative Care.” Attendees will develop their knowledge base about the constellation of pain and symptom issues that plague cancer patients and compromise their quality of life. Using principles of the specialties of pain medicine and palliative care, Dr. Driver will detail how to apply personalized treatment strategies to better manage patients’ pain and symptom burdens throughout the cancer experience – from diagnosis through the extent of survivorship.

Steven P. Stanos, DO, will conclude the track with his lecture “Cervical and Lumbar Spine Pain: Assessment and Physical Exam.” Dr. Stanos will discuss how to apply principles of cervical and lumbar physical exam to improved differential diagnosis for pain and will provide practical tips for improving assessment of neuropathic pain as it applies to spine related conditions. Attendees will also understand concepts of the kinetic chain and how it applies to identifying physical impairments and areas of treatment focus.

Debra Weiner, Director of Program Development for PAINWeek remarked, “We are excited to bring this new course track from AAPM to our audience of frontline practitioners at PAINWeek 2013. We share the outlook that pain management is a multidisciplinary endeavor and look forward to sharing the practical insights from their well-regarded ‘Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain’ program with our attendees."

Lynn R. Webster, MD, President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine said, “The Academy has been in the forefront of providing programs to educate physicians on best practices in helping people with pain, and we are pleased to partner with PAINWeek as an expression of our commitment to optimizing the health of patients in pain and eliminating pain as a major public health problem.”

About PAINWeek

PAINWeek is the largest US pain conference for frontline practitioners with an interest in pain management. Convening for its 7th year on September 4-7, 2013, in Las Vegas, PAINWeek expects to welcome over 1800 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals for a comprehensive program of course offerings, satellite events, and exhibits. Over 100 hours of continuing medical education activities will be presented. To learn more about the conference, opportunities for participation, and to register for PAINWeek 2013, visit


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