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First pain management summit on way

Al Ain, September 19, 2009

Tawam Hospital, in affiliation with John Hopkins Medicine, is organising the first pain management conference as an initiative to improve pain care in the region and surrounding countries.

Organised by the multidisciplinary comprehensive pain management committee at Tawam Hospital, the first International Pain Management Conference will take place from October 27 to 29 at the Al Ain InterContinental Hotel.

The conference will comprise of two days of educational sessions together with the exhibit and hands-on workshops on new interventional and medical techniques for the management of pain.

There will be a comprehensive programme presenting the very latest developments in all areas and disciplines in the field of pain medicine.

“This conference presents a global forum at which all those involved in pain management can learn from renowned scientists, researchers, academics and professionals to discuss treatment options and overcome the challenge of pain problems and promote healthcare providers to stop the suffering and say NO to pain,” said Riad Abdelkarim, scientific committee chairman, CMO-A Tawam Hospital.

Pain management is a vital part of any therapeutic process and involves several practices and methods that range from holistic, pharmacological, topical or a combination of therapies for specific types of pain.

Effective pain management includes interventional procedures, medication management, physical therapy or chiropractic therapy, psychological counselling and support, acupuncture and other alternative therapies; as well as referral to other medical specialists.

Ultimately pain management determines the exact source of the pain and the most effective treatment. To arrive at this point, doctors and therapists have to consider the history of the pain, its intensity, duration, aggravating and relieving conditions, and parts of the body involved in causing the pain.

For a part of the body to cause pain, it must have a nerve supply, be susceptible to injury, and the activation or movement of that body part should cause pain.

“This is a unique opportunity for us to advance in pain management by promoting the exchange of current scientific knowledge and new strategies in order to overcome the difficult challenges and provide excellent care for those suffering from pain,” said Dr Rasha S Jabri, division head of the pain medicine section at the anesthesiology department at Tawam Hospital and the chairman of the comprehensive pain management programme at Tawam Hospital.

“Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other care providers will have the opportunity to hear and meet the distinguished keynote speakers in pain medicine and share their experiences from all over the world,” she added.

The key objective of the conference is discussing the importance of comprehensive multidisciplinary approaches to pain. It will also review pharmacologic options and interventional techniques in pain treatment, as well as new technologies in the field.

It will also examine complementary and physical therapy modalities in treating pain. The conference will provide a platform to develop strategies in treating acute, chronic and malignant pain.

“We are determined to make a difference and give our patients the peace of mind, knowing that we will enlist our best talent to fight against pain,” Dr Jabri concluded. – TradeArabia News Service




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