8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Friday, January 24

Plenary Session I -- What We Have Learned About Placebo: Implications for Clinical Practice and the Interpretation of Evidence About Analgesics

The placebo effect is a known aspect in the practice of medicine. In the clinical setting, it has been relegated to statistical confounds. In this session, we will discuss ways to identify and predict the placebo effect as well as brain connectivity that leads to placebo.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD

Nathaniel P. Katz, MD MS

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Saturday, January 25

American Academy of Pain Medicine: Multidisciplinary Pain Care to Optimize Neuromodulation Outcomes

Most patients who have spinal cord stimulators (SCS) implanted for chronic pain have long standing and complex pain concerns. In addition to the index pain being targeted for SCS, often there are psychological co-morbidities, physical deconditioning, ongoing opioid pain medication use, and secondary pain problems. In order to truly optimize the desired outcomes for these patients, each of these areas need to be addressed. This session will focus on the latest medical, behavioral, and regenerative medicine approaches to help optimize neuromodulation outcomes.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Tim J. Lamer, MD

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Matching Pain and Pathology with Device and Technique

Neuromodulation has evolved beyond existing as a ''one-size-fits-all'' therapy. Innovation is now aimed at creating indication-specific therapies that play to the strengths of each breakthrough. This session will attempt to elucidate which therapies are better suited for certain indications based on the current evidence available.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD

Jordan Tate, MD MPH

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Spine Intervention Society: Radiofrequency Ablation-Assessing the Current Evidence

This session will outline the most evidence-based approach for diagnosing and treating posterior element pain in an interventional spine practice. During this session, we will discuss patient selection and why it is critical to achieving ideal patient outcomes. The importance of performing a critical, evidence-based review and critique of the literature will be reviewed. We will end with a discussion of new technology for ablation for vertebrogenic pain.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Aaron K. Calodney, MD

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