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The Future of Pain Management: A Sneak Preview

December 19, 2018
In the next issue of PPM, pain experts will share their vision for what’s ahead in pain practice. Here are a few highlights.

“Training programs will evolve to reflect practice reality—they will be integrative, multidisciplinary, and technophilic. Although pain management teams will continue to be physician-led, they will cease to be physician-centric, focusing on exploiting the good ideas of all team members equally.”
-W. Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh, President, Academy of Integrative Pain Medicine

“There appears to be substantial dissatisfaction with the current state of pain management in this country among patient with chronic non-cancer pain. Psychology will need to help address some of the sources of this dissatisfaction.”
-David Cosio, PhD, ABPP

“With a team-based approach, there would be many more ‘touch points’ for patient interaction with members of the inter-disciplinary team.”
-Paula Marchetta, MD, President, American College of Rheumatology

What is the future of pain management? (Source: 123RF)

“We are on the threshold of major improvements with new methods for stress reduction, optimal electrotherapy for narcotic addiction and scalar reduction of physiologic stress.”
-C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

 “When a pain patient leaves the office, his personal data will be uploaded to his wearable device and he will be given mandatory biofeedback exercises to perform 4 times per day. He will take with him an instruction sheet on how to manage breakthrough episodes of pain, which will include high potency sublingual mints, acoustic stimulation, infrared visual treatments, and alternative rapid breathing techniques.”
-Jeff Gudin, MD

Want to add your thoughts to the roundtable? Email ppmeditorial@verticalhealth.com. Look for the full article here in early February.

Last updated on: January 3, 2019
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