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Chronic pain is increasing globally with 10-20% of the population reporting chronic or recurrent pain. However, chronic pain is often very difficult to treat. Given the rise in diagnostic imaging and rapidly evolving treatment options, it is worth considering why the number of individuals reporting chronic pain is increasing. In this course, we discuss pain science and offer practical strategies to use when teaching patients about pain, as well as advice to help them devise effective exercise programmes. With chronic pain on the increase, it is time to re-think pain education.
This course aims to provide you with an understanding of pain science and to offer strategies to enhance your management of patients who have chronic or recurrent pain.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Applied Pain Science and Challenging Biomedical Thinking
- Teaching Postural Efficiency and Stabilisation
- Tissue Healing and Remodelling
- Understanding the Relationship between Pain and Injury
- Sensitisation of the Nervous System and Graded Exposure
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 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 4.6 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:
- discuss the impact of beliefs and expectations on recovery from chronic pain conditions
- identify the two key predictors of disability in relation to chronic pain mentioned in this course
- choose appropriate methods of explaining pain to a patient that challenges the way s/he perceives his/her injury
- justify the use of pain education in clinical practice as an intervention for chronic pain
- design an appropriate exercise intervention to aid in the treatment of chronic pain
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT001/2021/133 (5 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 7.29 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.
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
This course is valuable to Physiotherapists working with patients presenting with chronic pain and MSK conditions. I found the content useful and well explained with a good selection of videos that help you to understand each section. I have learned some useful strategies to use with patients and have a good understanding of the mechanisms of pain, biopsychosocial models and the importance of encouraging movement and postural stability. The presenter Kristine Lew explains the concepts of pain and education really well that people will be able to apply to their practice.
Quick and efficient recap of pain education!