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The most common clinical presentation most physiotherapists see is musculoskeletal conditions and the pain related to that. When treating a patient it is important to consider the medication they are taking for the condition and other conditions. A wide range of medications are used to manage pain resulting from inflammation in response to tissue damage, nociceptive- and neuropathic pain. It is important to understand the limitations of the pharmacological management of pain and the importance of combining pharmacological approaches with non-pharmacological and self-management strategies. The therapist should be able to recognise side-effects from medication and know when to refer the patient back to the prescribing doctor. This course will review different pharmacological pain management drugs including their actions and side-effects.
This course aims to expand your knowledge on the different pharmacological pain management options, their actions and side-effects as well as provide advice on treating patients and considering their medication use or needs.
The course content is split into the following sections:
- Watch a video interview with Joanne Morris
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.2 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- identify 2 legal or ethical dilemmas with regards to physiotherapy and pharmacology
- select 4 reasons why a physiotherapist should have an understanding of pharmacology
- list 4 actions and side-effects of non-opioid, opioid, and adjuvant pain medications
- choose 3 uses of topical and local anaesthetics in the management of pain
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT001/2021/066 (3 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 1.42 CCUs.
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Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
It's a wonderful short, precise and comprehensive course that every physiotherapy practitioners should do, especially to educate patients about the appropriate outcome of both exercise and pharmacotherapy.
A fantastic insight into pain medication. If you want to be positioned well as a Physiotherapist in a multidisciplinary world, knowing the effects and appropriateness of drugs allows honest conversations with patients and colleagues. A great presentation not just for yourself as a clinician, but definitely a good step forward for Physiotherapy.