Our members enjoy quality pain management education through our annual regional and district meetings.
SPS works through our districts and at a regional level to advocate for pain management policy to enhance your patient care.
Our members receive our quarterly newsletter plus additional posts through our blog to stay informed on the practice of management.
Medication overuse headache (MOH) is very frequently diagnosed; however, the MOH diagnosis is often overused. Patients are labeled as having MOH when what they actually suffer from are refractory headaches, without medication overuse (MO). Current diagnostic criteria for MOH only require abortive medication use on 10 or 15 days of each month (depending upon the medication). No evidence is needed showing that the abortive actually causes an increase in headache.Read More
Migraine is a very common and disabling illness. Picking an agent that is best for each individual patient requires considering the patient’s history, lifestyle, comorbid conditions, and individual preferences. A recurring headache that is of moderate or severe intensity, and is triggered by migraine-precipitating factors, usually is considered to be migraine. Precipitating factors can include stress, certain foods, weather changes, smoke, hunger, fatigue, hormones, and so on.Read More
One of the biggest challenges with using a solitary approach such as pharmacotherapy, including opioid therapy, for the patients with pain, is that chronic pain is best treated through a multimodal approach. Pain affects the whole person. Patients and practitioners need to learn techniques to adapt to and manage the pain, not just take it away temporarily. There is a push to teach active self management strategies, such as sleep restoration, pacing, conquering worry and anxiety, and how to minimize depression in the face of pain.Read More