Memory Loss, Nerve Conduction Studies & Interventional Pain Management
- : Berwick VIC 3806
Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment:
Pathology, Risk Reduction and Multidisciplinary Treatment Strategies
Professor Richard Bittar, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon
As our population ages, dementia will become a major health issue for individuals, families and society. Mild cognitive impairment, in some cases a precursor to dementia, can also have significant implications. Despite the absence of a cure for dementia, there are a number of strategies that can be employed to slow its progression and reduce its impact. Similarly, strategies to deal with mild cognitive impairment, as well as the identification and elimination of reversible causes of memory impairment, enable medical practitioners to improve the quality of life of patients with these problems.
1. Appreciate the pathology of dementia and mild cognitive impairment
2. Identify risk factors for the development of cognitive impairment and how these can be modified
3. Recognise the role of multidisciplinary treatment approaches to individuals with mild cognitive impairment and dementia
Interventional pain management- Avoiding the Scalpel
Dr Gavin Weekes, Pain Specialist
Interventional pain management options for back, neck and neuropathic pain have exploded in recent years, in terms of both diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. The role of epidural injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency denervations, pulsed RF lesions, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, and spinal cord stimulation are among the many modalities covered in this presentation.
1. Appreciate the principles, indications and efficacy of nerve blocks, radiofrequency denervations, and pulsed RF lesions
2. Identify the treatment options for failed back surgery syndrome
3. Recognise the role of neuromodulation, including spinal cord, occipital nerve and dorsal root ganglion stimulation.
Nerve Conduction Studies: Indications and Interpretation
Dr Ali Kian Mehr, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist
Nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG) are widely used neurophysiological investigations for the diagnosis of a range of conditions, including peripheral entrapment neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, and spinal pathology. The physiological principles, indications and interpretation of these tests will be explained, including their value and limitations.
1. Identify the indications for nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG).