by Ed Coghlan
The annual meeting of the prestigious Southern Pain Society has an interesting and provocative title this year:
Pain Management–Are We Doing Anything Right?
Geralyn Datz, PhD has served as President of the Society.
“The goal of the meeting is to reflect on the current state of pain treatment and to remind ourselves that we need to take a biopsychosocial approach to chronic pain and include all specialties,” she said.
The conference, which starts in New Orleans on Friday (September 30) and runs through Sunday, will focus on a number of topics important to pain management right now.
What about that title?
“It is actually a tongue in cheek reference to the fact that pain medicine has been under such scrutiny lately and we are not where we need to be in terms of the evidence base for treatment for patients with chronic pain,” she said.
Dr. Datz emphasized the importance of making sure that each pain patient is receiving treatment that is tailored specifically. She acknowledged that the dilemma that pain is the number one public health problem and opioids–which have been used to address chronic pain– cause a number of deaths, as something that must be addressed.
“The answers lie in tailoring treatment to the individuals with pain and optimizing non-medication treatments as much as possible. Our agenda this year focuses on the varied approaches to treating patients with pain, and frankly discusses the pros and cons of each type of treatment.”
The keynoter is Dr. David Hanscom of the Comprehensive Spine Program at Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle.
Dr. Hanscom will speak on Treating Chronic Pain: A Whole Person Perspective.
The CDC Opioid Guideline will receive a lot of attention, as you might guess. Dr. Sanford Silverman will discuss it on Saturday.
A number of other issues, including medical marijuana, dealing with patients and even the pain that NFL players endure will be discussed.
By examining the latest controversies in pain management that affect providers, The 2016 Southern Pain Conference hopes to give practical, exportable solutions that can be immediately implemented in daily pain practice.