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Meeting Highlights from American Academy of Pain Medicine 32nd Annual Meeting

Meeting Information

February 18-21, 2016
Palm Springs, CA

This year's meeting emphasized the critical role that primary care physicians play in pain prevention and treatment of chronic pain, including education for PCPs on new scientific innovations and evolving regulatory requirements for the pain field. Innovations in interventional techniques were also a highlight of the meeting.

From this Meeting:

President Elect Daniel B. Carr, MD, discusses AAPM’s research and outreach, and how to improve opioid prescribing practices.
Sphenopalatine ganglion block is a non-invasive method to relieve the disabling postdural puncture headache in obstetric patients.
Women appear to have more cervical disc disease than men, but men and women have equal prevalence of lumbar discogenic disease.
Learn more about how a minimally-invasive cooled bipolar radiofrequency technique, intradiscal biacuplasty, can help patients with degenerative lumbar back pain achieve long-term pain relief.
This study has found that cooled radiofrequency ablation (C-RFA) may be a helpful pain treatment for carefully selected patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
Research is beginning to shed light on how cholesterol levels and vascular disease correlates with spinal complications, including degenerative disc disease.
Patients undergoing minimally invasive pain procedure may not need to stop their NSAIDs or aspirin before the procedures. Study finds minimal complications and bleeding risks.
Spinal cord stimulation may carry a risk of spinal cord compression in vulnerable patients, especially the elderly who may have asymptomatic thoracic stenosis.
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