1st Efic Topical Symposium on Acute and Chronic Joint Pain
The scientific program is designed to meet the aims of EFIC, which are 'to advance the understanding of mechanisms, assessment, prevention and the treatment of pain; it will consist of plenary sessions, workshops, seminars, free paper sessions and poster presentations.
We will be holding the meeting in conjunction with other global and European groups to broaden the appeal of the meeting and to extend our message.
The Symposium will be an important milestone for clinical scientists and practicing health care workers from all disciplines. Together, we will further the management and treatment of patients with joint pain.
I really look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Dubrovnik and to a very successful meeting (Chris Wells, President EFIC)
Future Arthritis Burden. With the ageing of the European Population, the prevalence of arthritis is expected to increase yearly. By the year 2030, an estimated one hundred and twenty million (25perrcent of the projected total adult population) adults aged 18 years and older will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Two-thirds of those with arthritis will be women. Also by 2030, an estimated 60 million adults (37perrcent of adults with arthritis) will report arthritis-attributable activity limitatiions. These estimates may be conservative, as they do not account for the current trends in obesity, which may contribute to future cases of osteoarthritis.
Topics covered in the Symposium will include animal models of joint pain, inflammatory hyperalgesia, epidemiology and assessment of joint pain, back pain and the new NICE guidelines, acute joint pain and its management including pre and postoperative pain treatment, and all aspects of treatment of chronic joint pain now and in the future.