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The 2019 Pain Society of Alberta conference will be incorporating a wide variety of workshops on Friday along with breakout sessions on Saturday morning and afternoon that will be delivered by our well known and experienced speakers. To assist you with your selection, we have listed the a summary of each presentation below:

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register for one workshop and a morning and afternoon breakout session that would enrich your clinical practice. For additional information containing learning objectives and outcomes, please click here.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 18: 1330 - 1630hrs

WORKSHOPS:

1. Headache

2. Medical Cannabis - can this be here?

3. Interventional/NeuroMod

4. ACT


SATURDAY OCTOBER 19: 1045 - 1155hrs

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1. Transitional Pain: Exploring New Frontiers in Pain Medicine
Dr. Hance Clarke, Dr. Jenni Joo, Dr. Jarad Stephan, Dr. Rob Tanguay and Dr. Nivez Rasic as Moderator

Chronic post-surgical pain is a challenging issue for patients and their health care providers. The Transitional Pain Service provides a multidisciplinary approach to pain management in the perioperative period and provides specialized resources for the patients who are a higher risk. This team engages preoperatively with the patient to create a safe and supported environment and assist with transitioning them as seamlessly as possible. During this session you will be able to compare models of clinical practice and outcomes, and the important role of the Transitional Pain Service.

2. Pain and PTSD: Seeing the Forest and not the Trees
Dr. Michael Butterfield MSc MD FRCPC (Psychiatry and Pain Medicine)

This talk will focus on the complex interaction between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. We will briefly review the neurobiology and clinic features of PTSD which will underscore the significant overlap between these illnesses. We will discuss the prevalence of PTSD and other traumas in individuals with chronic pain and how that may inform different care models in pain clinics. A focus will also be on how to screen and identify patients for symptoms of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. Finally, we will discuss different forms of evidence-based treatment for PTSD and how there may be considerable overlap between these treatments and those for chronic pain.

3. Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST): Practical Applications 2019
Dr. Pam Squire MD CCFP

The pain exam (QST) and the brain exam (fMRI) offer competing opportunities to identify pain biomarkers. QST can be used to identify specific pain mechanisms that have been linked to specific treatment recommendations. QST results may also provide prognostic information in a manner completely different from Pain Catastrophizing. Research is evolving but some practical approaches to patients that challenge us with sensory gain or poor conditioned pain modulation (CPM) will be discussed.

4. Resilience on the Caring Journey: Exploring the Role of Self Compassion.
Dr. Sienna Caspar PhD CTRS

In this presentation, the concepts of resilience and self-compassion will both be introduced. Through an exploration of both the current research on these topics and an engaging self-examination, participants will discover how the two are intricately intertwined and begin to learn to embrace their perfect imperfections with kindness.

5. Does it feel like now there is more room in there for you?
Diane Jacobs PT

Points this presentation will review:
Biopsychosocial model: the shift from being an “operator” to being an “interactor”
Nervous system from skin cell to sense of self, and back out to body: its care and feeding
Spinal cord and brain: at odds with each other?
Non-specific effects, descending modulation, tunnel/entrapment syndromes
Neurodynamics (movement of nerves and attached vessels), natural and applied
Dermoneuromodulating: helping to relieve sensory distress by moving cutaneous fascicles of peripheral nerves.

6. Therapeutic alliance and building rapport in day-to-day practices when time is precious. Comfort Talk® and practical pearls for various pain conditions.
Dr. Elvira Lang MD PhD

The session is based on skills that have been validated in large-scale clinical trials and are applicable by regular medical staff in fast-paced medical/dental environments. Emphasis will be on the rapid building of rapport, word choice and options for reframing of negative emotions the patient may present. Rapport will be presented not only as tool that helps the patients but also allows the practitioners to engage in more meaningful conversations that come to the point quicker and support their own resilience. The presentation includes practical role-play by the attendees.


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SATURDAY OCTOBER 19: 1530 - 1635hrs

1. Pain and Co-morbid Depression: Assessment and Treatment Implications
Dr. Michael Sullivan PhD

Symptoms of depression are likely to be experienced by 25% to 40% of individuals with persistent pain conditions. Increasingly disability insurers are seeing physical injury claims develop into mental health claims. The co-occurrence of pain and depression contributes to delayed recovery and interferes with the effectiveness of pharmacological and rehabilitative interventions for pain. This presentation will address how risk for depression might be assessed following the development of a pain condition. Approaches to prevention and treatment of individuals with co-morbid pain and depression will be briefly described.

2. Moving Toward Recovery from Pain
Bonnie Klassen BSc(OT) MSc

Occupational therapists use meaningful activity to help individuals with pain move towards recovery from pain. This session will be an introduction to a free online resource for individuals with pain, their caregivers, and healthcare providers, developed by the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists. It will outline tools and resources for pain assessment, setting goals and action plans, understanding pain, and self-management. Additional resources promoting understanding of the complex experience of pain will also be provided.

3. The Role of the Endogenous Opioid System in Pain, Reward and Social Bonding
Dr. Sara Meunier MD BSc (Hons) PGY5 Psychiatry

In this talk we will explore the phylogenetic significance of the endogenous opioid system and review scientific literature demonstrating the crucial role of this system in pain, reward and social bonding. We will review relevant literature and discuss the role of the endogenous opioid system in the treatment of chronic pain as well as discussing possible impacts of chronic exogenous opioid therapy. Using an evolutionary understanding together with current scientific literature we will discuss ways to recruit the endogenous opioid system in the non-pharmacological management of pain with a focus on behavioural therapy interventions.

4. Therapeutic alliance and building rapport in day-to-day practices when time is precious. Comfort Talk® and practical pearls for various pain conditions.
Dr. Elvira Lang MD PhD

The session is based on skills that have been validated in large-scale clinical trials and are applicable by regular medical staff in fast-paced medical/dental environments. Emphasis will be on the rapid building of rapport, word choice and options for reframing of negative emotions the patient may present. Rapport will be presented not only as tool that helps the patients but also allows the practitioners to engage in more meaningful conversations that come to the point quicker and support their own resilience. The presentation includes practical role-play by the attendees.

5. Are your patients getting the point? - Interventional options in the management of low back pain.
Dr. Robert Burnham MSc MD FRCPC

Imaging guided injections can play important diagnostic and therapeutic roles in the management of low back pain and the diagnostic role is to identify the pain generator. The therapeutic role is to modulate pain to enhance positive lifestyle changes and rehabilitation. Apart from acute radiculopathy, injection interventions should be considered if the back pain is refractory to conventional evidence based treatments.

6. TOPIC XXXX
Dr. Susan Tupper

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