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Principles of Pain Management: Neurobiology and The Multimodal Model

presented by Sarah Murray, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

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Financial— Sarah Murray receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 26 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

This course will describe the underlying neurobiology and pathophysiology of the pain experience. In addition, the course will explain the complex nature of pain, and the common comorbidities of pain will be described. This course will go beyond the basics of pain management and explain the multimodal approach principles to optimize the control of pain. This course is most applicable to nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, and home health settings.

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Sarah Murray, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

Dr. Sarah J. Murray started her career as an Army combat medic in 1993, then went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1998. Since that time, she has earned an MSN in adult health nursing from the University of Texas at San Antonio in the clinical nurse…

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1. Neurobiology of Pain

The first chapter will review the definition of pain, the neurobiology of pain, and the pathophysiology of the pain experience. It will cover a review of the peripheral and central nervous system modulation of pain. This course will delve deeper into nociception and pain sensations, inflammatory mediators, pain pathways, and hyperalgesia. This chapter will also differentiate the types of pain mechanisms (visceral, somatic, and neuropathic) and acute versus chronic pain definitions.

2. Multimodal Pain Management

This chapter will explain the concepts of multimodal pain management and review the neurophysiology that supports this approach. This chapter will explain the rationale for using different types of medications based on the neurophysiological principles for different types of pain. In addition, the chapter will discuss an interdisciplinary approach to multimodal pain management.

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