Pain is a universal experience and often the reason for referrals to physical therapy. This course presents current concepts regarding pain mechanisms, generators, interpretations and responses. Current models that explain pain perception and processing will be reviewed. Treatment recommendations and application will be discussed in more detail related to chronic musculoskeletal pain.
After this course, participants will be able to:
• Identify the frequency and impact of musculoskeletal pain complaints.
• Discuss pathways of pain transmission from the periphery to the central nervous system.
• Define the term “central sensitization”.
• Discuss potential sources of variability for pain perception.
• Identify recommended methods to assess pain perception in clinical settings.
• Describe factors that are predictive of poor outcomes for musculoskeletal pain conditions.
• Discuss models for the development of chronic pain conditions that have been recently highlighted in the literature.
• Describe different conceptual management options for pain rehabilitation
The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Occupational Therapist (OT), and Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTA) practitioners, Speech Language Pathologists (SLP), and Social Workers.