Dr. Christo Presents at PAINWeek 2021


PAINWeek Conference 2021

The National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners

September 7-11, 2021 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

PAINWeek remains the US pain conference with the most expansive curriculum and is the favorite destination for frontline practitioners to enhance their competence in pain management.

Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

If you see patients with pain from the neck/shoulder, radiating down the arm and into the fingers, they may have neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, or NTOS. Occipital headaches, arm weakness, and chest wall pain often co-exist. This syndrome targets women and can occur after motor vehicle accidents. This is a complex spectrum disorder that provokes controversy. In fact, it may be the most controversial diagnosis in medicine. Yet, the evidence demonstrates that if left untreated, quality of life is impaired as much as having chronic heart failure. We will talk about common symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, and current treatment options including Botox® therapy.

The Potential Role of the Type 3 Adenosine Receptor Modulators (A3RMs) in the Management of Pain

Adenosine is a ubiquitous signaling molecule that has several physiological roles. Subtypes are associated with analgesia and have anti-inflammatory properties. We will discuss the unique role of the adenosine type 3 receptor in animal models of pain and emerging evidence of analgesia in human studies.

Updates on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) often causes serious impairments in activities of daily living and the ability to function. It can lead to a tremendous burden to patients and their families. There continues to be clinical confusion and misunderstanding about the syndrome due to its dramatic nature, limited knowledge of its mechanisms, and frequent lack of response to interventions. Research into CRPS has grown although our understanding remains incomplete. We will summarize our knowledge about CRPS, including epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, natural course, treatment, and prevention.

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