MAHEC has designed this course to bolster your current skills in treating acute and chronic pain. Many patients leave their doctor’s office believing that there are no solutions for acute or chronic pain beyond prescription drugs and surgery. Despite the surprising lack of medical evidence to support the use of opioid medications to treat individuals with arthritis, lower back pain, nerve pain, and migraines, physicians continue to prescribe opioid medications as the primary treatment for pain.
When patients are prescribed opioids they bear the risk of developing unpleasant side effects including sedation, chronic constipation, addiction, and overdose leading to accidental death.
There are many overlooked and underutilized pain management techniques that offer immediate relief or provide longer-lasting results, that can be performed in a primary care setting. Osteopathic medicine treatments, trigger point injections, nerve blocks, sphenopalatine ganglion block, physical/occupational therapy and psychotherapy are just a few procedures providers could develop in their practice to ease their patients’ pain.
This skill based workshop will provide physicians with hands on training to confidently perform these procedures in their practice by skilled specialists. Utilizing these procedures can:
1. Provide immediate and long lasting pain relief to patients
2. Reduce the amount of opioid prescriptions that may increase side effects, addiction, overdose and death
3. Increase physician skills and patient satisfaction
4. Increase patient volume and billable revenue from office procedures
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