Chronic Pain - The Basics (RH1610)

Author(s): US Dept of Health & Human Services

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, COPS-KT, CRRN, Delaware BON, GA-SBWC, RNs, VRA-Canada

Credit Hours: 6

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview


  • 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

Course Objectives

  1. Define Acute and Chronic Pain.

  2. Understand the ways in which pain is diagnosed and treated.

  3. Explain the effect of gender and age on chronic pain.

  4. Understand the spinal basics: Vertebrae, Discs, and Spinal Cord.

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