Evidence-Based Spine Interventions Seminar - Palm Springs, CA
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This seminar offers up to 12.0 CME.

1/27/2017 to 1/29/2017
When: January 27-29, 2017
Where: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), California 
United States

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January 27-29, 2017

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Palm Springs,



The Seminar features:

  • 1½ day agenda (full day Saturday and half day Sunday) offering up to 12.0 CME credits
  • Networking reception on Saturday, January 28 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • NEW this year! Join your colleagues for the Inaugural SIS Golf Tournament


Top to Bottom Learning
From cervicogenic headaches to the sacroiliac joint and all points in between, you’ll earn up to 12.0 CME credits furthering your knowledge of spine interventions.

Topics Include:

  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Thoracic Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Controversies
  • Neurostimulation
  • The Sacroiliac Joint
  • Normal and Abnormal Flow Patterns
  • New Technologies
  • Health Policy/Coding
  • Ask the Experts




Shihab Ahmed, MD, MPH; Richard Derby, MD; Scott Horn, DO; D.J. Kennedy, MD; John MacVicar, MB ChB; Timothy Maus, MD; Zachary McCormick, MD; Joshua Rittenberg, MD; Matthew Smuck, MD; Jeffrey Summers, MD; Yakov Vorobeychik, MD, PhD.


Friday, January 27

12:00-5:30 p.m.


Inaugural SIS Golf Tournament


Saturday, January 28

7:00 a.m.


Registration and Continental Breakfast


  Poster Presentations with Authors 



Welcome Remarks




Cervicogenic Headache

    We start at the top! Learn why pain of upper cervical spine origin is perceived in the head. The anatomy, techniques, and the evidence for pain interventions in the upper cervical spine are reviewed, with particular emphasis on the C1-2 and C2-3 levels.






Mechanisms of Cervicogenic Headache 


  C1-2 Lateral Articulation



TON block and RF







Cervical Radiculopathy

    Examine the clinical and radiographic analysis of cervical radicular pain and the evidence for the application of cervical epidural steroid injections. The session concludes with a research presentation describing the results of a study comparing cervical epidural steroids with and without the use of a catheter.



Overview: Anatomy, Prevalence, and Clinical Evaluation






Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection Review



Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection Catheter vs. No Catheter Trial









Networking Break






Diagnosis and Interventional Treatment of Chronic Thoracic Posterior Element Pain

    This plenary session focuses on the anatomical features of thoracic spine, application of thoracic medial branch blocks, and thoracic medial branch neurotomy in clinical practice.












Lumbar Radiculopathy

    Review the current evidence on the treatment of lumbar radiculopathy, from non-invasive treatments, to the nuances of epidural injection planning and predictors of epidural injection success.



Evidence of Non-Interventional Treatments for Low Back Pain



Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections– Predictors of Success



Planning Lumbar TFESI-based on Imaging Anatomy

12:10 p.m.








Lunch on Your Own






Lumbar Spine Controversies

    Learn the common controversies in the management of spine pain including: the role of conservative therapy, the ideal number and role of diagnostic blocks needed prior to a therapeutic procedure, peri-procedure anticoagulation management, and injections with concurrent infections.



Ours vs. Theirs



Single vs. Dual Block to Select for MB RFN



Stopping Anticoagulants for Spine Procedures



Role for Discography



Injections and Concurrent Infections: An Examination of the Evidence









Networking Break






An Overview of Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy for Interventional Pain Physicians

    Get an overview of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy for interventional pain physicians. You will review most recent publications on SCS therapy to treat spine related refractory pain with an emphasis on newer innovations, and evidence of efficacy. You will also receive an introduction into the history of electro-analgesia and learn our current understanding on how SCS reduces pain based on both clinical and pre-clinical data. The presentation also includes patient selection, trial methods, permanent implantation, and potential complications and how to minimize them.



History of Electro-Analgesia



Mechanisms of Action



Patient Selection



Trial Method and Evaluation of the Trial


  Permanent Implant: Conventional vs. Newer Technologies


  Complications and How to Minimize Them









Show Me The Money! - Updates in Health Policy and Coding for 2017



Are you up to speed on the changes currently in store for 2017? Have you mastered your alphabet soup: MACRA, MIPS, QPP, APM? If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, then you need to participate in this session. It will be critical to stay informed as the next chapter of the U.S. health care system takes shape and determines how spine intervention coverage and reimbursement will impact your bottom line.



Adjourn for the day

5:00-6:00    Networking Reception



Sunday, January 29


7:30 a.m.


Continental Breakfast




New Technologies

    Hear from leading experts about new technologies that are poised to change interventional spine care, including: new injectable therapies, novel imaging techniques, and wearable technologies.



Gene Therapy - DRG, intra-articular, MRgFUS



Wearable Devices and Functional Outcomes









Normal and Abnormal Contrast Flow Patterns

    In this session you will see normal and abnormal flow patterns with specific examples of subdural, intrathecal, and vascular patterns. You will also delve into the role of contrast and digital subtraction technology.



Gadolinium FactFinder



DSA Pro/Con



Vascular Flow



Subdural vs. Intrathecal








  Networking Break





The Sacroiliac Joint

    The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is a controversial topic, with evolving technologies and diagnostic challenges. You'll learn the anatomy and biomechanics of the SIJ, see clinical features and physical exam findings, and assess the evidence for injection and radiofrequency treatment for sacroiliac pain.



Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Imaging



Diagnosis and Prevalence of Sacroiliac Joint Mediated Pain



Intra-articular Injections


  Radiofrequency Neurotomy








Ask the Experts



This session is your opportunity to discuss current topics in spine, as well as trends in health policy with an expert panel of nationally recognized leaders in interventional spine care from a variety of medical specialties.


12:45 p.m.


Seminar Adjourns


Tee to Green Networking

Join your colleagues on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club for the inaugural SIS Golf Tournament. Play on a Ted Robinson-designed course in a scramble format tournament, where both novices and experienced players can have fun on the course all afternoon. Be one of the first to support the Society in this exciting new fundraising effort, set amid palm tree-lined fairways surrounded by the Coachella Valley’s magnificent San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountain vistas.

Green fees and lunch are included in the $195 fee, with proceeds benefiting SIS. Club rentals are available at a discounted rate of $39. Register now.


Registration and CME Info
Physician Members: $575

Fellows/Residents/Military Members:  $225

Allied Health Professionals: $275

Non Members: $875

After December 29, 2016 add $100 to all registration rates.

The Society values our volunteers by offering a discounted registration rate for the Seminar. Please contact the office to register: registration@spinalinjection.org or 630.203.2252.
12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM


Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures;
  • Describe how strict diagnostic criteria and anatomically validated technique can improve outcomes;
  • Review spine interventional procedures from the cervical to the sacral regions to identify predictors of success and common controversies;
  • Cite the evidentiary basis for the use of diagnostic blocks and provocation testing in the identification of spine pain generators;
  • Discuss examples of normal and abnormal flow patters;
  • Assess new technologies and how they are poised to change interventional spine care.

Plan Your Travel

We are proud to offer accommodations at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. All rooms have French doors that open to private patios or balconies with breathtaking views of the luscious grounds and mountain surroundings. Located steps away from The River at Rancho Mirage, the premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in Palm Springs Valley, the location offers plenty to do during your stay.


Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

41000 Bob Hope Dr.

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Group Rate: $199 single/double

Book your room in the group block and you will receive the discounted resort fee of $10 per night, a savings of $22 per night.

Reservations Department:  800.843.6664

Mention “Spine Intervention Society” to receive the discounted rate. Rate expires on Friday, January 6, 2017 and is subject to availability.

Hotel reservations can be made online by clicking HERE.




The open-air Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is 13 miles from the resort. The estimated taxi fare is $35.

More flight options are available through LA-Ontario International Airport (ONT) a 86 mile or 75-minute drive, or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a 109 mile or two-hour drive to the resort.

Ground Transportation

Please arrange your own ground transportation to and from the resort.



Overnight parking is available at the hotel and included in the discounted resort fee.


(The General Session begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28. The Inaugural SIS Golf Tournament will begin around noontime on Friday, January 27 followed by the Welcome Reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

Participant to Presenter Opportunities
Whether you’re just starting to make a name for yourself in spine intervention, or are looking to make the connections necessary to more fully explore the implications of your research, the Evidence-Based Spine Interventions Seminar is the place for you.

The call for abstracts for potential poster presentation was open through October 24, 2016. See how presenting abstracts at SIS meetings has helped shape your colleagues’ careers, and submit your abstract for the Annual Meeting at spineintervention.org/abstracts.


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