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