Pharmacology in Pain Management
This course will review different pharmacological pain management drugs including their actions and side-effects. A topic expert will provide advice on the considering a patient’s pharmacological uses or needs during therapy. The course will not teach practical skills or lead to any clinical qualification or prescription rights.
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.
- Watch a video interview with Joanne Morris
- Read a related physiopedia page
- Pass a quiz
Course aimsThis 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.
Hours of learning
Completing this course will involve approximately 1.2 hours of learning activities, that can be completed on a participant’s own schedule.
Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own 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.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and Physioplus points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! 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.
Types of activitiesReading a Physiopedia page. Watching a video. Attempting a quiz. Participating in an international discussion forum.
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
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate you will need to:
- follow the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture
- log as completed all the required learning activities
- actively participate in the course forum discussions
- pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
- complete a course evaluation form