Workshop: Managing Chronic Pain in Older Adults

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
CE Hours: 3.5
Facilitator: Dr. Carlo Ammendolia

This workshop will focus on managing chronic pain and chronic pain syndromes in older adults. The prevalence, challenges and approaches to managing multiple co-morbidities, poly pharmacy and declining physical and cognitive function will be covered. Chiropractors will leave this workshop with practical and proven strategies that can be implemented immediately, to help improve the overall health of older patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Learn the prevalence, burden and common etiologies of chronic pain syndromes in older adults.
  2. Understand how co-morbidities, polypharmacy and psychosocial barriers impact recovery in chronic pain.
  3. Learn a comprehensive approach for managing chronic pain and maximizing function in older adults regardless of pain location.
  4. Demonstrate how this approach can significantly improve outcomes in degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis.
  5. Demonstrate that chiropractors have the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully manage chronic pain in older adults.



8:30 am – 10:00 am    Introduction to etiologies of chronic pain syndromes in older adults and barriers to recovery.

10:00 am – 10:30 am    Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm    Learn approach for managing chronic pain and improving function, including its impact on lumbar spinal stenosis.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm    A review of the skill and knowledge chiropractors have for managing chronic pain in older adults.

About the Facilitator

Carlo Ammendolia, DC

Dr. Carlo Ammendolia is the Director of the Spine Clinic and the Spinal Stenosis Program at the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He received his MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research and his PhD in Clinical Evaluative Sciences from the University of Toronto. Dr. Ammendolia is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ammendolia has been in clinical practice for over 36 years and now combines clinical practice, research and teaching in the areas of non-operative treatment of mechanical, degenerative and inflammatory spinal disorders with a special interest in degenerative spinal stenosis.

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