Explains the current state of pain management in the United States. Describes the multidisciplinary approach to pain management. Summarizes the 23 different pain management modalities currently available. Describes steps to create a comprehensive pain management plan. Lists the five key coping skills for helping chronic pain patients. Discusses treatment options for chronic dental and facial pain. Describes how the information in this course can be utilized to improve patient care and patient outcomes. Describes the implications for dentistry, mental health, and other health professions.
Describes some of the effects of chronic pain on the brain. Lists the major chronic pain disorders and their treatments. Explains the differences between migraine and tension headaches. Identifies the major sources of back pain and their effective treatments. Describes the differences between trigger points and tender points. Lists methods and techniques of lowering the risk of chronic pain disorders. Discusses the concept of multidisciplinary pain management. Describes the applications of non-pharmacologic pain treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and meditation.
Identifies the issues in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia as well as controversies regarding the clinical presentations of this condition. Assesses the differential diagnosis of fibromyalgia, including differentiation from myofascial pain syndromes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowel syndrome, and other conditions. Identifies treatment regimens and management options for fibromyalgia, including “integrative” treatments (exercise and herbal and over-the-counter remedies). Explains to patients the role of sleep disorders in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia and in the clinical management of this condition.
Recognizes the significance of the immune system in combating infection and disease. Distinguishes between innate and adaptive immune responses. Identifies the humoral and cellular components of the non-specific immune response. Differentiates between acute and chronic inflammation. Identifies the mechanisms of combating infection/disease. Outlines the components of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
Identifies the differences between functional gastrointestinal disorders and inflammatory bowel diseases. Explains the pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and identifies appropriate treatment strategies. Discusses the pathophysiology of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative collitis and identify appropriate treatment strategies. Identifies psychosocial issues in chronic gastrointestinal disorders. Discusses new research on the causes of gastrointestinal disorders, such as peptic ulcer disease.
Describes the anatomical structure of the knee. Identifies the different types of knee injuries and their manifestations. Differentiates between major and minor injuries and the causes of knee pain. Explains strategies for preventing knee pain. Discusses the medical and surgical options now available to treat knee pain/injury.
Describes how leg and foot pathologies can impair functional ability. Describes the role of different disciplines in the diagnosis
and treatment of leg and foot pathologies. Outlines evidence-based interventions for each condition. Identifies risk factors for each leg/foot condition. Identifies how this course will impact his/her current practice and interaction with patients, clients, and families.
Defines low back pain. Describes the prevalence of this condition within the U.S. Identifies the different causes of low back pain. Describes some of the treatment approaches employed. Discuss ways to prevent low back pain.