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STAAR 2017 AARV Lecture Series

Using Shock Wave and Other Modalities for Adjunct Pain Management
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Day/Time:        Saturday, April 29, 8:30am - 9:30am        
Speaker:       Cara Blake, DVM, DAVCS-SA, CCRT

Description: This lecture will include a review of pain pathways.  The mechanism of action of modalities such as extracorporeal shockwave treatment, low-level laser therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and transcutaneous nerve stimulation will be reviewed.  Incorporating these modalities in the treatment of acute and chronic pain management will be discussed. 

Novel Therapeutics in Pain Management
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Day/Time(s):    Saturday, April 29, 9:35am – 10:35am OR 2:15pm – 3:15pm        
Speaker:       Cara Blake, DVM, DAVCS-SA, CCRT

Description: This lecture will include a brief review of the pharmacologic medications historically utilized for multimodal pain management.  Novel therapeutics that have been recently introduced such as Galliprant, Simbadol, Recuyra, and Ranevetmab will be discussed. 

When to Choose Surgery as a Tool for Managing Pain in Patients with Musculoskeletal Disease
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Day/Time(s):       Saturday, April 29, 10:40am – 11:40am OR 4:25pm – 5:25pm
Speaker:           Felix Duerr, Dr. Med. Vet., MS, DACVS, DACVSMR, CCRT

Description: Addressing pain and discomfort in patients with musculoskeletal disease can be very challenging. Frequently, a plethora of treatment options are available and at times may include surgical treatment options. When considering any treatment option, but particularly invasive treatment options such as surgery, the benefits and potential adverse events of this intervention have to be balanced carefully. This lecture will outline the pros and cons of surgical intervention for common musculoskeletal injuries including juvenile and adult coxofemoral disease, cruciate disease, elbow dysplasia and selected muscle and tendon injuries. These examples will demonstrate to the participant how to use evidence-based medicine in advising clients how to select the right treatment for their pet.  

Pain in Geriatric Patients: Safely and Effectively Manage Pain in Older Dogs
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Day/Time(s):      Saturday, April 29, 11:45am – 12:45pm OR 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Speaker:          Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM

Description: Basic review of pain pathways as related to geriatric dogs.

Review of pain pharmaceuticals-which should you choose, at what dose and frequency.

Review of adjunctive nutraceuticals, acupuncture and rehabilitation for assisting in pain management of geriatric dogs.

Localization of Pain
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Day/Time:        Saturday, April 29, 3:20pm – 4:20pm
Speaker:       Rick Wall, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CMTPT 

Description: The veterinary practitioner must be able to identify and localize pain and dysfunction in order to prepare a proper therapeutic plan.  This process requires the development of observational skills and palpation/manipulation skills.  Examination techniques will be discussed for some of the more common conditions, many of which present without a structural lesion that is identified via imaging modalities.  This makes the use of our eyes and hands so important in the localization of pain and dysfunction!

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