Leonard Kamen, DO
Dr. Kamen is Clinical Director of MossRehab Outpatient Center in Philadelphia, PA. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University and provides resident education at Thomas Jefferson University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of PM&R and the American Osteopathic Board of PM&R and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Pain Medicine from the ABPMR. Dr. Kamen’s clinical practice is focused on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular pain management.
Thirty percent of US adults relate their life experience as being in a state of chronic pain either physical, psychological or metaphysical, with a heightened state of perceived threat. No matter the source, pain remains a subjective endpoint of a host of sensory, electro-chemical impulses, physical and emotional, pathologically perceived aspects of the human environment. Central sensitization of pain refers to an amplification of neural signaling within the central nervous system eliciting pain hypersensitivity.
Central sensitization (CS) is a key conceptual framework for pain clinicians to build an essential foundation of knowledge of how sensory communication can misfire and lead to chronic pain encompassing a host of central sensitization syndromes (CSS) that will be discussed in this lecture. Central sensitization syndromes encompass chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic mechanical low back pain, chronic whiplash associated disorders, temporomandibular joint disorders, myofascial pain syndrome, pelvic pain disorders and complex regional pain disorders that are not easily quantified otherwise. This lecture will assist clinicians in identifying, classifying and developing a rational treatment approach to these challenging pain syndromes.
- Pain clinicians will better understand the constructs and origins of central sensitization symptoms and syndromes
- The spectrum of central sensitization syndromes, mitigating factors and common features of CSS will be discussed in order to better recognize these conditions.
- Illustration of the multiple biological, social and psychological pathways that contribute to CSS will be presented
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6:30-7:00 pm Registration & Light Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm Meeting
Drexel College of Medicine
Geary Auditorium B – New College Building, 1st Floor
SE Corner of 15th & Vine Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Parking is available in the Gateway parking lot
across the street and costs $5.00 after 5:00pm