Neuropathic Pain/Pressure Headaches Steven B. Graff–Radford, D.D.S. and Robert G. Kaniecki, M.D. Explain the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy of trigeminal neuralgia. Describe surgical interventions for trigeminal neuralgia. Review processes involved in the development of neuropathic pain after nerve injury. Treat post-lumbar puncture headaches. Relieve headaches due to intracranial hypertension by correcting intracranial pressure.
Management of Neuropathic Pain Gregory L. Holmquist, Pharm.D. Differentiate neuropathic pain from other pain types. Explain opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Review risks, benefits, and efficacy of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and antidepressants in treatment of neuropathic pain. Select an effective anticonvulsant for neuropathic pain. Discuss the role of topical agents and cannabinoids.
Pain and Aging Perry G. Fine, M.D. Address the consequences of persistent pain in older patients. Identify and document a patient’s unique “pain signature.” Recognize the physical changes of aging that affect pharmacotherapy. Differentiate among tolerance, dependence, addiction, and pseudoaddiction in patients on pharmacotherapy. Adapt a patient’s pain management therapy to meet his or her changing medical, social, and/or psychologic circumstances.
Headache Jan Lewis Brandes, M.D., M.S. and James W. Banks III, M.D. Summarize the effects of changing levels of estradiol on migraine headaches. Determine whether patients’ migraine headaches are influenced by hormonal changes and whether hormonal therapy is appropriate. Recognize the prevalence of self-medication with over-the- counter medications (OTCs) among patients with headaches and advise patients on the best use of these agents. Evaluate the strength of the clinical data that support the efficacy of OTCs. Identify the potential interactions of concern between triptans and other commonly used medications as well as drugs used for migraine prophylaxis.
Managing Pediatric Pain Steven M. Selbst, M.D. Discuss the reasons for inadequate pain control. Utilize age-dependent pain scales to assess pain. Prescribe the appropriate analgesics for mild to moderate pain and moderate to severe pain. Implement the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for moderate sedation. Elaborate on the advantages and disadvantages of different local anesthetics and sedative agents.
Highlights from Update in Headache 2011 Lisa G. Winston, M.D. and Michael S. Policar, M.D., M.P.H. Identify possible causes of thunderclap headache. Diagnose various conditions associated with cerebral arterial vasoconstriction, encephalopathy, and cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Diagnose migraine with and without aura and identify patients with migrainous vertigo. Prescribe appropriate therapy for prophylaxis and acute attacks of migraine with vertigo. Recognize the symptoms of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and treat with diet, exercise, and medications.
Pain in the Pediatric Patient Rosalie F. Tassone, M.D., M.P.H. and Stephen Robert Hays, M.D. Identify pediatric patients at highest risk of developing chronic postoperative pain. Use a multimodal approach to manage postoperative pain. Cite evidence supporting the use of conventional analgesic agents in children. Consider the use of co-analgesics such as gabapentin and pregabalin. Evaluate evidence on the safety and efficacy of nonopioid analgesics for management of perioperative pain in children.
Highlights from the 25th Annual Practical Physician's Approach to the Difficult Headache Patient Roger K. Cady, M.D. and Steven B. Graff–Radford, D.D.S. Diagnose posttraumatic headache (PTHA). Recognize the features, patterns, and phenotypes of PTHA in different patients and prescribe optimal treatment on the basis of these findings. Differentiate between trigeminal neuralgia and psychogenic, neurovascular, and neuropathic facial pain. Choose treatment options, including microvascular decompression, balloon gangliolysis, and gamma knife radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia. Perform blocking of the stellate or sphenopalatine ganglion to diagnose and treat trigeminal deafferentation.
Orthopedics for the Internist Duncan Q. McBride, M.D. and Bradford O. Parsons, M.D. Perform a thorough evaluation of a patient who presents with a complaint of low back pain (LBP). Differentiate between patients who are candidates for lumbar spine surgery and those whose LBP can be managed conservatively. Prescribe appropriate and effective pharmacotherapy for the patient diagnosed with radiculopathy and/or a herniated lumbar disk. Diagnose the cause of a patient’s shoulder pain. Treat shoulder impingement and adhesive capsulitis with appropriate therapy and medication.
Psychosocial Approaches to Pain Management Daniel M. Doleys, Ph.D. Discuss chronic pain along with the factors and behaviors associated with it. Describe the role of cognitive processes as they relate to interventions for and coping with chronic pain. Discuss the relationship between depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Consider the role of addiction in the management of chronic pain. Recognize the benefits and limitations of various treatment options for chronic pain.
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