Activity Description

General practitioners and other primary healthcare professionals are the first line of defense against the growing global pain endemic; approximately 1 in 10 of their consultations involve patients with some type of pain, and progressively chronic pain. A collaborative approach to acute and chronic pain is vital to improve the lives of patients, many of whose pain is often neglected and leads to increased morbidity and decreased quality of life. Many front-line healthcare professionals focus on the disease progression, which may have brought the patient to seek a consultation, while pain is considered of secondary importance. Given the considerable demands on primary care clinicians and other front-line healthcare professional across disciplines, it is essential to understand which conditions present most commonly in these settings. 

A specialist-designed and -led educational program for front-line practitioners across disciplines may result in a 25% improvement in acute and chronic pain management based on best available evidence.  Our symposium will focus on treating acute pain, including flair up and recurring pain, of significance across the globe.

This CE activity is intended for physicians and nurses who treat acute pain.

After completing this CE activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Review the pathophysiology of acute pain, with area of focus in OA, LBP and migraine
  • Apply acute pain management techniques to assessment and treatment including managing recurring flair-up pain
  • Evaluate the use of OTC oral and topical analgesics and other pharmacological combinations to help relieve acute pain

Joint Accreditation with Commendation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Medical Learning Institute, Inc. and International Association for the Study of Pain.  Medical Learning Institute, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician Continuing Medical Education
Medical Learning Institute, Inc. (MLI) designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Successful completion of this nursing continuing professional development activity will be awarded 1.5 contact hours and 1.0 contact hours in the area of pharmacology.

Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Statement
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit(s) for learning and change.

  • Welcome, introductions, rationale
  • Osteoarthritis: pathophysiology, acute pain assessment and management; treating recurring and flair up pain; role of OTC analgesics
  • Lower back pain; pathophysiology, acute pain assessment and management; treating recurring and flair up pain; role of OTC analgesics
  • Migraine; pathophysiology, acute pain assessment and management; treating recurring and flair up pain; role of OTC analgesics
  • Additional nonpharmacologic acute pain interventions and multidisciplinary approaches
  • Role of oral and topical OTC analgesics during the covid crisis to help relieve acute pain: case study on assessment and treatment (maybe musculoskeletal pain and exacerbation of existing pain with long covid?)
  • Q&A
  • Recap of key points

Lars Arendt-Nielsen,, PhD.
Professor, Head of Research, Aalborg University
Aalborg University Hospital
Aalborg, Denmark



Hance Clarke, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Staff Anesthesiologist
Director Pain Services
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management
Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto
President-elect Canadian Pain Society


Praveen Ganty, MD
Clinical Associate Specialist
Department of Anesthesia & Pain Management
Toronto General Hospital
Staff, Rehab Pain Services Clinic,
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Toronto, ON Canada

Medical Learning Institute, Inc., is committed to providing high quality continuing education to healthcare professionals, as individuals and teams, with a protected space to learn, teach, and engage in scientific discourse free from influence from ineligible companies that may have an incentive to insert commercial bias into education.  To that end, MLI requires faculty, presenters, planners, staff, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this CE activity to disclose all financial relationships they have had in the past 24 months with ineligible companies as defined by the ACCME, as related to the content of this CE activity, regardless of the amount or their view of the relevance to the education. All identified COI will be thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to MLI policy. These disclosures will be provided to learners prior to the start of the CE activity.

This Symposium organized by Medical Learning Institute, Inc. and International Association for the Study of Pain is held in conjunction with the IASP 2022 World Congress on Pain.


Metro Toronto Convention Center South Building
Room 801
222 Bremner Blvd
Toronto, Canada
September 22, 2022 | Thursday
12:15 PM – 13:45 PM
Support Statement

This CE activity is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Haleon.

Educational Partner Statement

This activity is developed with our educational partner, International Association for the Study of Pain.


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