Intrathecal drug delivery is a well-established intervention for chronic pain and severe spasticity with over 3 decades of clinical use. While there is proven efficacy with this treatment approach, there are critical decision points in the management of patients who are considering this intervention as well as patients who are already implanted. This course will describe approaches for patient selection, trialing, implantation, post-implantation management, troubleshooting, and therapy optimization. Additionally, this program will provide hands-on learning stations to review some of the technical aspects of this therapy. Multiple medical specialists would find this course beneficial including neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. This course will also be of interest to many allied health professionals such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, pharmacy, case management, and bioengineering.
- Understand the indications and contraindications for intrathecal therapy
- Describe management strategies for intrathecal therapy optimization and troubleshooting
- Demonstrate technical skills that are commonly employed in the management of patients with intrathecal drug delivery systems