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This session will present the treatment techniques utilized in an interdisciplinary pain program, and how they change the volume and connections of the brain when evaluated by fMRI. There are many self-report clinical outcome measures currently used for trying to establish benefit/response from interdisciplinary pain management, but the use of fMRI shows a more objective picture of the changes that can occur with its use. The session will introduce and key components of interdisciplinary care and how these are currently evaluated; the changes in perception for patients that occur regarding pain, mood, emotion and disability; and medications changes and effects that may alter these issues and the fMRI results. The speakers will summarize how the practicing clinician can use this information to help educate a patient in chronic pain to seek treatment in this type of program, and perhaps use visual handouts/tools to help people comprehend what must change for them to feel/function better.

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