Pain affects a large proportion of people living with brain injury. This pain can involve many areas of the body, but most often involves the head. These headaches don't discriminate between concussion and catastrophic brain injuries, and are a source of tremendous disability in this population. The course will first highlight special considerations in the TBI population which make assessment, workup and treatment of all types of pain challenging and unique. We will then concisely present guidelines for post traumatic headache management, including: pharmacological, injectable, non-pharmacological, and psychological approaches. Treatment guidelines will be laid out in a way that the learner may easily incorporate this information into their own practice. Headaches may also be secondary to visual or vestibular changes, medication withdrawal, or medication overuse, and unique management strategies will be highlighted here. The session will be taught by three faculty who are board certified in Brain Injury Medicine, and a fourth who is board certified in Pain Management. The treatment paradigms taught will be on the cutting edge of evidence based standards.
- Understand the special considerations in the TBI population which make assessment, workup and treatment of all types of pain challenging and unique.
- Learn pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies for post traumatic headaches.
- Understand the common barriers to effective pain management in the brain-injured population, and ways to eliminate them.