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PAINWeek Conference

September 3 - September 7

Session Title

How Healing Works: And What it Means for Chronic Pain Management

Session Description

An estimated 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, with costs estimated at more than $500 billion annually. With the development of new minimally invasive procedures, Americans spent an estimated $45 billion on surgery for chronic low back pain and $41 billion for arthroplasty for chronic knee pain in 2014. More and more people are turning to surgeries to help treat their chronic pain; but a recent study published in the journal Pain Medicine found that evidence does not support the use of invasive procedures as compared with sham procedures for patients with chronic back or knee pain. With a lack of evidence supporting surgical intervention, and an ongoing opioid epidemic that makes patients more cautious in taking opioids and physicians less likely to prescribe them, what are the other options?

We know that most of health – possibly up to 80% – comes from factors outside of what we usually do in the clinic or hospital. The primary determinants of health involve social, environmental, lifestyle and complementary medicine factors that can have a large impact on pain management but that few clinicians are taught to address. In this talk, Dr. Jonas will describe a simple, systematic approach called a HOPE (Healing Oriented Practices and Environments) visit, that helps patients tap into their inherent healing capacity. Drawing on the most rigorous scientific evidence available, he will show that by adding some simple questions and tools to an office practice, you can quickly move toward more patient-centered, integrative healthcare to help your patients manage their chronic pain.


Session Day and Time: TBD


September 3
September 7