Introduction

4 Contact Hours

Description: Pain is the most common symptom prompting patients to seek medical attention and is a predominant symptom leading patients to receive rehabilitation. Many patients with musculoskeletal and neurological impairments report pain, and most consider pain to be their primary goal of treatment. This course provides a comprehensive overview of pain including types of pain, mechanisms of pain, pain control, how to measure and document pain, and pain management approaches. This introductory to intermediate course is appropriate for occupational and physical therapists and assistants.

Instructors:

Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.

Course Text (required): Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice, 3rd ed. (2009) edited by Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, OCS - Copyright 2009 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours: 4


The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from "Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice, 3rd ed. (2009)" edited by Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, OCS - Copyright 2009 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives: 

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Define three types of pain;
  2. Describe the physiological mechanisms of the pain receptors and the related peripheral and central pathways;
  3. Discuss how the sympathetic nervous system influences pain, and the role of the neurotransmitter and its involvement in the transmission of neuropathic and inflammatory pain;
  4. Discuss pain modulation and control;
  5. Describe tools to measure pain;
  6. Understand pain management strategies including pharmacology, physical agent modalities, and the use of a multidisciplinary approach.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Pain 101: An Overview for Therapists

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3. Coursework - Pain 101: An Overview for Therapists

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4. Course Final and Survey - Pain 101: An Overview for Therapists

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion