Understanding Pain

Understanding Pain

An online course for physical therapists / physiotherapists
I have been working in the field of chronic pain for a few years now and have made a lot of changes to how I practice and am seeing the effects of that. This course helped me to see a whole lot of other things I can work on improving and put in place which I am excited to work with over these next months. It was a very stimulating and inspiring course, with a nice multi-national exposure to it through various talks, articles and lectures. Definitely worth doing.
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Pain is a complex and extensive topic that applies to all physiotherapy and physical therapy practice.  As physiotherapists and physical therapists we meet people who are in pain everyday, helping these people is what we do! Pain is an enormous topic that we are unable to cover in one course but as a very important part of our knowledge base this learn topic will provide an overview of current understanding of pain mechanisms and practice based on the latest evidence available.  We'll be exploring what pain is, looking at chronic pain and the psychology of pain, investigating how we assess pain and also exploring current trends in pain management and rehabilitation.  It is by no means an exhaustive exploration of pain and we advise you to use it as a starting point for your understanding of pain.


  • Section one: Pain mechanisms
  • Section two: Chronic pain and psychology of pain.
  • Section three: Pain assessment and outcome measures.
  • Section four: Treatment approaches in pain rehabilitation.

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.

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