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Pharmacology in Pain Management

Online Course: Pharmacology in Pain Management

Introducing basic concepts on what a physio needs to know about pharmacology and pain

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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:

  1. Watch a video interview with Joanne Morris
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

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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.

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