Pain Physiology and the Pain Experience

About the Course
A good understanding of the physiology of pain is basic to effective pain management. This video course is designed to deepen the clinician’s understanding of how pain is processed by the body, from peripheral nociception to central perception, and experienced by each person in order to be more effective in managing patients’ pain. The concept of pain physiology is expanded through the presentation of the Neuromatrix Model of pain, which encompasses the latest evidence about how pain is felt and why it is so variable among individuals. Additionally, the course includes a brief look at how this updated information affects standards of care for healthcare professionals.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Name several types of nociceptors.
  • Name and identify the two main types of pain fibers.
  • Recognize the nociceptive process.
  • Identify how the endocrine system reacts to pain.
  • List the main elements of the Neuromatrix Model of Pain.
  • List several tools for assessing pain.
  • Recognize the basic elements of standards of care for healthcare professional in managing pain.
  • Identify evidence-based PT interventions to reduce pain.
About the Author 
Lorie Schleck, PT, graduated from the University of Minnesota and has over 29 years of physical therapy experience. She has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings including sports medicine/orthopedics and transitional care/skilled nursing facilities in long-term and acute care. Most recently, she has focused on providing physical therapy to home care patients and, as a certified OASIS specialist, has worked in Home Care Quality and Compliance auditing charts for OASIS and providing staff training in best practices for OASIS accuracy. Ms. Schleck has taught numerous continuing education courses in physical and occupational therapy, primarily focused on orthopedics and geriatrics. She enjoys synthesizing new evidence and is passionate about evidence-based practice.

This on-demand video course.