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ASRA 2012 | Pain Medicine & Regional Anesthesia Meeting

Educational Sessions and Workshops 

General Meeting Program

The ASRA 11th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting registration includes three and a half days full of comprehensive learning opportunties covering key elements in the practice of pain medicine.

The general meeting registration fee includes:

  • Full day refresher course
  • Plenary and parallel sessions
  • Panel discussions and Q&A
  • Poster presentations and moderated sessions
  • Awards and Members’ Lunch
  • Exhibit hall access
  • Networking opportunities (breakfast, breaks, reception)

In addition to this strong course offering, learners can tailor their educational experience and select content based on their individual educational needs, by registering for any of the following:

Tailor Your Curriculum with Additional Educational sessions

Please note that additional fees apply and that there is limited registration for the below sessions.

Please see the  Registration Section for full details.

Exam/Demonstration Workshops

These 2-hour Exam/Demonstration Workshops begin with a short introductory lecture by expert faculty followed by a detailed demonstration of key exam, imaging evaluation,  and/or interventional techniques.

These workshops are small group sessions incorporating live model demonstrations when appropriate, offering participants the opportunity to closely observe and interact with faculty.

These sessions are not intensively hands-on for attendee practice, however learners will benefit from the clinically focused demonstrations by expert clinicians in a highly interactive environment.


  • Neurological and Musculoskeletal Exam for Pain Practitioners


  • Evaluation of Spinal MRI
  • Neurological and Musculoskeletal Exam for Pain Practitioners
  • Pitfalls in Interventional Pain Procedures: Where Not to Put a Needle


  • Interventional Techniques for the Treatment of Myofascial Pain

Hands-On Workshops (Cadaver and/or Model)

These 2-hour Hands-On Workshops provide the opportunity to actually practice skills required to perform interventional techniques for pain management. After an introductory lecture, attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on practice using live models and/or cadavers, supported by expert faculty. Practical elements such as proper machine usage will also be illustrated.

These sessions are designed for participants who have some familiarity with targeted pain management therapies and either want to broaden or improve their clinical skills.


  • Techniques for Disc Entry and Biacluloplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
  • Lumbar MBB and Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Cervical ESI and Selective Root Block
  • Cervical MBB and Radiofrequency Ablation


  • Ultrasound Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks: Illioinguinal, Intercostal, Lateral Femoral Cutaneous, Saphenous
  • Head and Neck Blocks
  • Stellate Ganglion and Lumbar, Sympathetic Block
  • Ultrasound Guided Large Joint Injection
  • Botulinum Toxin Injection for Headache


  • Ultrasound Guided Injection Small Joints
  • Celiac Plexus and Splanchnic Nerve Block
  • Injection of Large Joints: Fluoroscopic and Anatomic Guided
  • SI Joint, S1 Root Injection, and Piriformic Injection: Fluoroscopic and Ultrasound Guided
  • Superior Hypogastric Plexus and Ganglion Impar Block
  • Ultrasound Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks

Special Session Workshops (Full and Half Day)

These intensive Special Session Workshops are of longer duration and begin with comprehensive lectures on a focused topic presented by a panel of expert faculty. After the introductory lectures, learners have substantial opportunity for hands-on practice using live models and/or cadavers. Attendees are supported by expert clinicians who share their knowledge and experience in this interactive small group learning environment.

These sessions are clinically focused, with practical elements such as machine adjustments to optimize images being covered, as well as ample time for questions and answers.


  • Ultrasound in Pain Medicine (full day)


  •  Radiofrequency Ablation Techniques in Pain Medicine (half day)


  • Advanced Techniques in Spinal Cord Stimulation (half day)

Lunchtime Problem-Based Learning Discussions (Lunch included, see Online Program for full listing)

The lunchtime learning opportunities are case based, small group, problem-solving discussions at tables of 10 with an expert faculty facilitator.

Learners choose from a broad range of topics, ranging from specific treatment options to ethics, treatment of special populations, coding, billing, etc. All topics will focus on real life clinical issues and practical solutions and strategies.

Breakfast Interactive Sessions (Breakfast included)

Get the day started by attending a Breakfast Interactive Session on Friday and Saturday. Learn from expert facutly during an introductory lecture, followed by interactive learning with case studies, group discussions, Q&A, etc. 

  • Advanced Ultrasound Application in Pain Medicine: Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • CRPS: Current Best Practice and Future Diagnostics and Therapeutics