Chronic Pain - The Basics (RH1610)
Author(s): US Dept of Health & Human Services
Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CLCP, CNLCP, COPS-KT, Delaware BON, Florida BON, RNs
Credit Hours: 6
In this course, we will discuss chronic pain and the ways it is diagnosed and treated.
- Define Acute and Chronic Pain.
- Understand the ways in which pain is diagnosed and treated.
- Explain the effect of gender and age on chronic pain.
- Understand the spinal basics: Vertebrae, Discs, and Spinal Cord.
- Introduction: The Universal Disorder
- A Brief History of Pain
- Pain: The Gift that Nobody Wants
- A Pain Primer: What Do We Know About Pain?
- The Faces of Pain: Neuropathic, Acute, and Chronic
- Treatment options for neuropathic pain
- When acute pain becomes chronic pain
- Chronic pain development
- Chronic Pain as a Disease
- The experience of chronic pain
- Modern theories of chronic pain
- Overview of chronic pain
- The specificity theory of pain
- Problems with the specificity theory and chronic pain
- Modern Ideas: The Gate Control Theory of chronic pain
- Central nervous system (the spinal cord and the brain)
- The peripheral nervous system
- The Spinal Cord and Pain
- The Brain
- Opening and closing the pain gates
- The Gate Control Theory in Action
- The A to Z of Pain
- What conditions are associated with low back pain?
- How is low back pain diagnosed?
- How is back pain treated?
- Can back pain be prevented?
- Is there any treatment?
- What is the prognosis?
- How is Pain Diagnosed?
- How is Pain Treated?
- Chili Peppers, Capsaicin, and Pain
- Narcotics (see Opioids, below)
- What is the Role of Age and Gender in Pain?
- Pain in Aging and Pediatric Populations: Special Needs and Concerns
- What is the Future of Pain Research?
- Hope for the Future