Refresher Courses

Refresher Courses are pre-Congress sessions offering delegates the opportunity to learn up-to-date information and renew knowledge on an array of topics deemed critical to the field of pain study and treatment. These Refresher Courses occurred during the 17th World Congress on Pain.

Morning Refresher Courses: 8:30-12:00

RC1 Emerging Techniques in Basic Science and Translation (8:30-10:00)

Topics to include:

  • Genetic Approaches
  • Sequencing
  • Viral Based Strategies
  • Epigenetics

RC2 Pediatric Pain

Topics to include:

  • Advanced Pain Treatment of Children following Trauma
  • Importance of Rehabilitation and Exercise in the Management of Trauma and Surgical Patients
  • Pain and recovery of children after major surgery: Predictors and evidence-based psychological and integrative (“non-pharmacological”) interventions.

RC3 Geriatric Pain

Topics to include:

  • Age Differences in Nociception
  • Adverse Drug Reactions in the Elderly: Prevention and Treatment
  • Therapeutic Options

RC4 Complementary and Integrative Approaches for Pain Management

Topics to include:

  • Basic Mechanisms of Complementary Therapies
  • Translation into Clinical Practice
  • Integrative Therapies: Which Ones for Which Patient?

RC5 Headache, Migraine, and Orofacial Pain

Topics to include:

  • Management of Craniofacial Pain: Insights from Network Analyses
  • Overview on Tension-Type Headaches and Migraines
  • Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

RC6 Basic Mechanisms and Neurobiology of Acute and Chronic Pain

Topics to include:

  • Peripheral Mechanisms
  • Spinal Cord Organization and Mechanisms
  • Brain Mechanisms

RC7 From Acute to Chronic Post-Operative Pain

Topics to include:

  • Chronic Post Surgical Pain Overview: Risk Factors and Mechanisms
  • Common CPSP Syndromes: Prevention and Treatment
  • Transitional Pain Service: A New Program to Prevent Chronification of Pain

RC8 Psychological Treatments for Chronic Pain: Improving Access, Resource Use, and Efficiency

Topics to include:

  • Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies: What’s Old but Good, What’s New and Potentially Better?
  • Psychological Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Pain, including Internet-Based Interventions
  • CBT Principles and Skills that can be Applied by Non-Mental Health Professionals and that are Feasible in Low-Resource Settings

RC9 Neuromodulation Therapies: Bench to Bedside

Topics to include:

  • Neuromodulation Mechanisms
  • Noninvasive Neuromodulation Techniques
  • Spinal Cord and DRG Stimulation: What is the Evidence

RC10 Pain Management after Surgery

Topics to include:

  • Basic Science Mechanisms of Acute Pain
  • Therapeutic Options to Treat Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Keys to a Successful Perioperative Pain Consult Service

RC11 Central Pain Disorders ( 10:30-12:00)

Topics to include:

  • Basic Mechanisms
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Spasticity
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Pain

Afternoon Refresher Courses: 13:00-16:30

RC12 Pain in the Joints

Topics to include:

  • Epidemiology and Evaluation of Joint Pain
  • Basic Morphological Mechanisms of OA Pain
  • Joint Pain Treatment Update

RC13 Back and Musculoskeletal Pain

Topics to include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Neck and Low Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Low Back and Neck pain: Diagnosis and Treatment Options

R14 Fibromyalgia and Myofascial pain

Topics to include:

  • Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Pain: From TMD to Widespread Pain
  • Peripheral Treatments for Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyaliga

RC15 Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain: Risk Mitigation

Topics to include:

  • Global Scenario of Opioid Induced Disorder, Risks and Benefits of Prescription Opioids for Chronic Pain, Patient Selection for Opioid Therapy
  • How Can We Prevent these Disorders and Discuss the Practice of Safe Opioid Use
  • Chronic Opioid Therapy Discontinuation: Who, Why, and How

RC16 Physical Activity and Exercise for Pain

Topics to include:

  • Update of the Mechanisms by which Physical Activity and Exercise May Affect Pain
  • Preventative and Treatment Effects of Physical Activity and Exercise: Animal Studies
  • Prevention and Treatment Effects of Physical Activity and Exercise: Human Studies and Invasive Therapies

RC17 Cancer Pain

Topics to include:

  • Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Assessment
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cancer Survivors
  • Invasive Therapies to Treat Cancer Pain

RC18 Clinical Pharmacology of Drugs Used to Manage Pain

Topics to include:

  • Topical Agents for Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Non-Opioids: Current and Emerging Therapies
  • Intrathecal Agents

RC19 Visceral Pain

Topics to include:

  • Mechanisms of Chronic Abdominal Pain
  • Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: Mechanisms and Management
  • Nonpharmacological Treatments for Chronic Abdominal pain

RC20 Emerging Techniques in the Diagnosis of Neuropathic Pain

Topics to include:

  • Microneurography
  • Novel Electrophysiological Biomarkers
  • Skin Biopsy and Confocal Microscopy
  • QST

RC21 Sex, Gender, and Pain (13:00-14:30)

Topics to include:

  • Lessons Learned from Laboratory Studies
  • Gender Differences in Children
  • Mechanisms: Biological and Psychosocial
  • Clinical Implications

RC22 Invasive Therapies (15:00-16:30)

Topics to include:

  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Injections for Joint Pain
  • Radiofrequency Lesioning
  • Regenerative Techniques