TAPOctober 2015 Treating and Preventing Chronic Pain Conference Report

Didn’t get a chance to come to Arlington or watch the live stream of the TAP Conference?  Together health professionals and patients learned cutting edge science, novel treatments, and skills during the innovative 2015 TAP Conference.  On-demand streaming recordings for the 2015 TAP Conference are available for $15 and can be purchased at paintap.org

A successful merging of health professionals and patients to learn together!  The inaugural Treating & Preventing Chronic Pain Conference in Arlington, Virginia, on October 8-10, 2015, presented by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association in partnership with the International Myopain Society was an educational event and a respectful exchange of questions and answers between the two groups.  An outstanding array of speakers on fibromyalgia and chronic pain gave cutting-edge scientific updates along with helpful new resources and treatment modalities.  At the same time, this CME event educated clinicians and researchers about a variety of treatment options and approaches that will ultimately help them provide better service to patients with these conditions.

At the opening reception on Thursday evening (October 8), presenters and patients co-mingled with members of the Chronic Pain Round Table Forum held earlier that afternoon.  During the Round Table, 28 stakeholders from industry, government agencies (FDA, NIAMS, NCCIH and PCORI), researchers and clinicians along with patients shared information concerning research funding, new research possibilities, better access to care for patients and a variety of other issues that transcended each of the groups.  We hope this venue of stakeholders will meet on an annual basis to discuss updates and positive movements toward rectifying some of the issues discussed at the forum.

More than 300 people attended the TAP conference, including approximately 200 via live video streaming in 25 countries including the USA, Canada, UK, Israel, Denmark, Japan, Saudi, Ukraine, Mexico, Czech Republic, New Zealand, France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Finland, Thailand, Moldova, Slovakia, Iraq, Italy, Germany, Argentina and Qatar.  Speakers answered participants’ questions, as they exchanged chats and Tweets with friends and other online audience members.  The keynote address on Friday morning given by world renowned fibromyalgia and chronic pain expert and researcher, Dr. Daniel Clauw of the University of Michigan discussed centralized pain and its role in chronic pain conditions.  Well-known pain specialist Dr. Lynn Webster reported on the NFMCPA Hydrocodone Rescheduling: The First 100 Days survey and the benefits of marijuana in the treatment of pain.

woman at podium 380x300Presentations on fibromyalgia and chronic pain covered  sleep; cervical spine conditions; myofascial pain; exercise; integrative medicine techniques including mindfulness and CBT; self-management including yoga and mindful movement; occupational therapy techniques; and myofascial pain self-management.  A question-and-answer period followed each presentation segment.  Friday night guest speaker, Dr. Lynn Webster, gave a moving presentation about his new book The Painful Truth, followed by a viewing of his documentary movie trailer of the same name.  Dr. Webster initiated an international chronic pain campaign to educate the public, medical communities and others about the impact chronic pain has on the lives of people affected by its unrelenting assault.

Saturday speakers included scientific research by Dr. Frank Rice on small fiber neuropathy in fibromyalgia, and neurologist Dr. Mike Sorrell discussed Myofascial Medicine.  German doctor and researcher Dr. Wolfgang Bauermeister demonstrated novel imaging of trigger points, which he feels is the major cause of musculoskeletal pain.  Dr. James Fricton, president of the International Myopain Society, educated about preventing chronic pain in the future and in the present for people who are already affected.

Saturday workshops included Dr. Andrew Holman, a Seattle area rheumatologist, discussing his study looking at fibromyalgia and PC3 positional cervical cord compression diagnostic MRI information.  A physical therapy approach to PC3 treatment was taught by Sue Horton, PT.  Dr. Cory Kingston, a chiropractor, discussed a technique that helps strengthen the neck and works to correct lordosis, the curvature of the neck.  Dr. Bauermeister demonstrated how to identify trigger points with ultrasound elastography and the benefits of different approaches to treatment.  Additional workshops ran concurrently:  Dr. Kim Jones delved into exercise and Dr. Kathleen Holton discussed nutrition to reduce chronic pain.  Dr. William Collinge introduced his NIH-funded  AwareHealth System, and online Personal Health Informatics program to reduce FM and chronic pain symptoms.

Speaker Barbara Kornblau, JD, OT focused on Reasonable Accommodation – based on ADA Regulations. Mary Biancalana’s workshop covered myofascial pain self-management.  Rachel Perrin, a professional make-up artist, taught beauty care and “liking who you see in the mirror.”  Author Elizabeth Christy spoke about her book, Why Does Mommy Hurt? and the challenges faced by young parents with chronic pain. Dr. Jim Fricton ran a workshop on his on-line Preventing Chronic Pain Campaign and explained to audience members how to access and use this information.

Throughout the two days of presentations and workshops, resources and information were provided  that could be incorporated into each person’s symptom management program.  Watch the Advocate Voice Newsletter for information on future  TAP Chronic Pain Conferences.  On-demand streaming recordings for the 2015 TAP Conference are available for $15 and can be purchased at paintap.org

Click here to review the entire TAP Chronic Pain program schedule. 

Click here for the TAP Chronic Pain speaker bios.

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