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5th Annual Targeted Pain Treatment® Conference (2023)- Awareness, Access, Application

The 5th Annual Targeted Pain Treatment® Conference held on March 31, 2023, at the Hilton Knoxville Airport, was a resounding success, drawing in a diverse group of participants from various medical fields. The conference's theme, "Awareness, Access, Application," proved to be timely and relevant, as it highlighted the crucial need for reevaluating pain management approaches in light of the ongoing opioid crisis. The speakers' presentations were exceptionally well-received, with attendees commending the emphasis on a multi-faceted approach to pain management and the exploration of non-controlled treatment options. One of the key takeaways was the advocacy for prioritizing functional outcomes over pain scores, recognizing that true pain relief goes beyond merely reducing discomfort. Save the date for next year's conference on March 22, 2024, at the Hilton Knoxville Airport.

5th Annual TPT Conference Photos


Targeted Pain Treatment® is a federally registered trademark owned by Dr. Stephanie Vanterpool.  Dr. Vanterpool developed and is responsible for the content contained in the TPT Toolkit.

What is Targeted Pain Treatment (TPT)?

Targeted pain treatment is the process of accurately diagnosing the underlying cause of pain, and the targeting the treatment to the cause of pain. The goal is to effectively treat pain and improve function, while also reducing unnecessary opioid medication use.

Why does TPT matter?

Targeted Pain Treatment differs from other approaches to pain management by seeking to treat the true cause of pain, rather than focusing on lowering a patient's pain score.

TPT Toolkit

Purpose of the TPT Toolkit is to provide tools and information needed to help clinicians implement targeted pain treatment in their practices. These include decision aids, references, and other useful resources as developed and collated. The TPT Toolkit contains downloadable tools, templates and decision aids to help you practice Targeted Pain Treatment and infographics.

To access the TPT Toolkit, please click here: TPT Toolkit Download (Your email address is required)

Important Links

Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines (3rd Edition)

Vanterpool SG. Targeted pain treatment - Reduce opioids, reclaim relief. Journal of the Tennessee Medical Association. 2018 Mar;110(4):9-10.

SVMIC Podcast "Pain Points"

Pain Management Best Practices Inter-agency Task Force Report
HHS Report

University Center for Pain Management

Resources for Patients

TPT Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: Targeted Pain Treatment® is a federally registered trademark owned by Dr. Stephanie Vanterpool.  Dr. Vanterpool developed and is responsible for the content contained in the TPT Toolkit.

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