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.

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