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Pharmacology 214 – No Pain, No Gain: An Introduction to Skeletal Muscle Pain Management

Course Description

Course Description:  Healthcare workers are vital in ensuring safe and effective pain management for their patients. Pain is one of the most common reasons for patients seeking care. Musculoskeletal pain is a challenging condition for both patients and healthcare professionals. Musculoskeletal pain is prevalent and can develop into chronic pain syndromes that can be challenging to manage. Patient education, preventative strategies, and non-pharmacological pain control are preferable approaches to therapy, but a wide variety of pharmacological agents are available to meet patients’ needs. This lecture will dive deeper into recognizing the musculoskeletal pain condition and the clinical guideline approach to care.

Course Highlights:

  • Improve learners’ ability to recognize musculoskeletal pain condition and identify the clinical guideline treatment options.
  • Discuss safety precautions and how to recognize potential medication misuse.

 

Course length: 2 contact hours / .2 CEU’s

Course Outline

Hour #1

Introduction to Skeletal Muscle Pain

  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Terminology
  • What is Musculoskeletal pain?
  • Anatomy of Pain
  • Acute vs Chronic Musculoskeletal pain
  • Diagnosing Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Measuring Pain

Clinical Guideline Treatment Options

  • Common Medications for Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Acute vs Chronic Therapy
  • Non- pharmacological Approach

Hour #2

  • Pharmacological Approach
  • Related Conditions and Treatment Options
  • Approach to Special Populations
  • Key Clinical Studies

Best Prescribing Practices

  • Prescribing and Deprescribing Pain Medications
  • Prescribing Laws and Limitations
  • How to Protect Patients from Medication Misuse

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