Contact Hours3 Hours
Chronic pain affects 50 million people in the US, and 20% worldwide. For years, opiate medications were prescribed to manage pain, with disastrous results for some, including addiction and even death, and relief for others. Considering the deleterious side-effects of opiates, Health and Human Services created the Pain Management Best Practices Inter Agency Task Force for Pain. It promoted a multimodal, multidisciplinary approach combining traditional and integrative medicine to manage pain and encourage research into best practices for pain remediation. Clinicians must become aware of the multifaceted therapies that are recommended by the Task Force to create a patient-centered approach to pain management. This course provides a review of Task Force findings and guidelines to enable clinicians to make informed clinical decisions on how to best manage pain without excessive addictive medications. Current pain theories and mechanisms of central sensitization and gate control theory are reviewed. Outcome measures to document changes in pain and function are described. Complementary and allopathic approaches including biopsychosocial models of pain management, physical, massage and occupational therapy, and alternative medicine approaches such as biofeedback, relaxation, mindfulness, and spiritual methods of pain alleviation are introduced. Clinicians will have a greater selection of tools to help people successfully alleviate pain and improve function and quality of life naturally upon completion of this course.
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Define and describe pain types
- List three pain mechanisms
- Discuss the biopsychosocial model as it relates to pain management
- List three outcome measures to document pain status
- Explain the Pain Management Best Practices advocated by the US Inter Agency Task Force for
- Discuss nonpharmacological approaches to pain management
Approved in my State?
as Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
as Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
as Certified Athletic Trainers
as CSCS / CPT
as Massage Therapy
Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to complete a 10 question post-test with a minimum passing score of 70%.