Chronic Pelvic Pain—PAINWeek 2018 Equips Clinicians to Diagnose and Treat

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International Pelvic Pain Society to Present All-New Program of Instruction at the PAINWeek National Conference on Wednesday, September 5

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We will emphasize diagnostic and treatment strategies that the primary care clinician can engage, and also when it’s appropriate to refer to a gynecologic surgeon or other specialist.

The International Pelvic Pain Society returns to PAINWeek 2018 as a participating organization with an all-new program of education on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain conditions. Although endometriosis is the most common condition identified among women with dysmenorrhea and chronic pelvic pain, its evaluation and management presents many challenges to practicing clinicians. A Spy in the House of Love: Unraveling the Mysteries of Misplaced Cells and Cyclical Pain in Endometriosis, to be led by Sawsan As-Sanie, MD, MPH, will review the clinical evaluation, appropriate multidisciplinary diagnostic workup, and innovations in medical and surgical treatment options available. Dr. As-Sanie commented “We will emphasize diagnostic and treatment strategies that the primary care clinician can engage, and also when it’s appropriate to refer to a gynecologic surgeon or other specialist.”

Colleen Fitzgerald, MD, MS, returns to PAINWeek to present Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain: Sciatica My Ass! an examination of anatomic, biomechanical, and hormonal influences in the etiology of pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy and the postpartum period. In Fear & Loathing in the Bedroom: A Savage Journey Into Sexual Pain, Meryl J. Alappattu, PT, DPT, PhD, will discuss the key components of a musculoskeletal pelvic examination for sexual pain, how to screen for sexual pain, and how to engage other providers to provide the multidisciplinary care warranted for managing this condition. The full-day program, to be offered on Wednesday September 5 will conclude with The Razor’s Edge: Evaluating Pelvic Pain Caused By Peripheral Nerve Injury. Course leader Mario Castellanos, MD, will discuss pain presentations that arise from pelvic peripheral neuralgias, and the range of treatment options available. Attendees will learn to recognize peripheral neuropathic pelvic pain, identify the affected peripheral nerve based on the distribution of the pain, and develop strategies for conservative and surgical management.

PAINWeek 2018 will feature a diverse curriculum in the following course concentrations: advanced practice practitioners, behavioral, integrative, and interventional pain management, chronic pain syndromes, medical/legal issues, neurology, pain and chemical dependency, physical therapy, palliative care, and pharmacotherapy. There will also be full-day programs presented by the American Pain Society, the American Society of Pain Educators, and the American Headache Society.

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About PAINWeek:
PAINWeek, the largest US pain conference for frontline clinicians with an interest in pain management, will convene for its 12th annual meeting on September 4-8 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The conference presents 120+ hours of continuing medical education courses and master classes, special interest sessions, and satellite events. PAINWeek is provided by Global Education Group.

About Global Education Group:
Global Education Group focuses on producing partnership-based CME for healthcare practitioners. The Global team works with a select group of medical education companies, associations, academic institutions and healthcare facilities to develop and accredit live healthcare conferences and workshops as well as online activities. With each partnership or joint providership, Global brings accreditation expertise, project management excellence and grant funding intelligence. Based in Littleton, Colo., Global has accreditation with commendation from the ACCME. Global also holds accreditations to offer continuing education for nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians, dentists and psychologists. Global is a division of Ultimate Medical Academy.

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