Presented by: Dr Demetry Assimakopoulos
Approximately 20% of the Canadian population suffers from chronic pain. Unfortunately, chronic pain is a significant healthcare burden, utilizing billions of healthcare dollars yearly. Above all, it is intuitively known that managing chronic pain in clinical practice is draining on any practitioner. Various stakeholders are calling this scenario a “healthcare crisis.” Now, allied healthcare professionals are being called upon to help manage chronic pain differently, in an effort to ease the burden on both the healthcare system, practitioners, and patients themselves. Chronic Pain Management is a two-day seminar, which aims to improve clinicians’ clinical skills in the diagnosis and long-term management of chronic pain. Clinicians will be empowered with necessary tools to adequately assess and develop treatment plans for chronic pain patients, that can be immediately be applied in clinical practice.
• Use standard pain assessments in relation to clinical case studies
• Perform a thorough biopsychosocial chronic pain history, which includes, but is not limited to:
• Chronology and temporal change of pain
• Pain ratings and quality
• Psychosocial history, and how its impact on prognosis
• Adequately perform a physical examination on a chronic pain patient that enables diagnosis of a chronic pain condition
• Demonstrate, execute and understand the importance of a comprehensive sensory examination on a chronic pain patient
• Recall, understand, and distinguish between various common chronic pain conditions, based on the history and physical examination (case based)
• Describe, illustrate, execute and compose a chronic pain management biopsychosocial treatment plan, based on individual patient needs
• To identify different clinical targets for management of chronic pain
• Use clinical case studies to delineate and differentiate treatment approaches
• Acknowledge the role other health care providers play in a supporting you and your chronic pain patients
• Understand how and when to utilize multiple chronic pain assessment tools in the clinic
Demetry Assimakopoulos, Sp. Hons. BA, DC, Dip. Acu., CSEP-CEP, Diplomate CAPM
Dr. Demetry Assimakopoulos graduated from CMCC in 2012. Since 2014, Demetry has been the Clinical Coordinator at the University Health Network (UHN) Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program- Rehabilitation Pain Service (CIPP-RPS). This specialized inter-disciplinary program works to manage very complex chronic pain cases, with input from various healthcare professionals to determine the best possible clinical pathways for individual patients. Demetry was the first chiropractor to join the UHN CIPP-RPS Program as an advanced practice leader, and has helped to educate his peers about the role of manual therapy and rehabilitation in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain patients.
Demetry also recently joined the incredible inter-disciplinary staff at the Pain and Wellness Centre in Maple Ontario, which offers a spectrum of treatments for chronic pain, ranging from medications to exercise therapy, manual therapy, naturopathy, healthy eating, lifestyle counseling, psychological counselling, mindfulness and meditation, and interventional therapies.
Demetry is a registered diplomate and credentialed member of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management (CAPM) and is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CEP).
He has also been a frequent contributor to RRS Education since 2010.