Back and Neck Pain: Diagnosis and Contemporary Treatment Options

Tuesday 19th March 2019
Empire Grill 66 McKillop St, Geelong VIC 3220
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

GP Symposium Series 2019

Neck Pain, Brachialgia and Cervical Spine Surgery in 2019

Professor Richard Bittar, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

Cervical spine pathology increases with age, and can cause debilitating neck pain, arm pain and headaches. Keyhole surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and artificial disc replacement are employed increasingly. What is their role? Do they work? Which patients may be suitable? Sinister causes of neck pain, concentrating on their early recognition and investigation, will be discussed. The post-operative management of patients after discharge will also be explored.

Learning outcome

1. Identify the presentation of cervical spine pathology, its investigation, and the range of treatment options
2. Assess the role of artificial disc replacement (arthroplasty) as an alternative to fusion

Back Pain and Sciatica- Contemporary Management

Dr Mo Awad, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

Back pain and sciatica are best treated in an integrated, team-based fashion. This seminar brings together the latest evidence and treatment options in 2019. Recognition of common and sinister causes of back pain, understanding the role of diagnostic blocks and surgery, appreciation of the latest surgical advances (including robotic spinal surgery and patient-specific implants), and identification of important post-operative complications after discharge are the key elements of this interactive presentation.

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise the common, rare and sinister causes of back pain and sciatica, clinically and with MRI
2. Assess the role of diagnostic blocks and advanced spinal surgical techniques

Interventional back pain management- Avoiding the Scalpel or Enhancing the Scalpel?

Dr Symon McCallum, Anaesthetist & Pain Specialist

Interventional pain management options for back pain have exploded in recent years, in terms of both diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. The role of epidural injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency denervations, pulsed RF lesions, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, and spinal cord stimulation are among the many modalities covered in this presentation.

Learning outcomes

Assess the principles, indications and efficacy of nerve blocks, radiofrequency denervations, and pulsed RF lesions

1. Identify the treatment options for failed back surgery syndrome
2. Recognise the role of neuromodulation, including spinal cord, occipital nerve and dorsal root ganglion stimulation

This activity has been submitted for accreditation of 4 category 2 points, as part of the racgp qi & cpd in the 2017-2019 triennium. Activity number pending.


Empire Grill
66 McKillop St,
Geelong VIC 3220


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