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Module 4: Understanding the Challenges of OA Pain Therapies

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Treatment of OA pain remains a challenge for many healthcare providers and is unique to each patient. Understanding the challenges of OA pain therapies is imperative to effective treatment. This module explores the pain pathways and analgesic targets in OA as well as the significance of the Biopsychosocial Model of Pain and how all contributing factors dynamically interact with one another to generate the experience of pain. Finally, this module discusses non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments used for OA pain and the developing treatment options that may lead to a better quality of life for patients experiencing OA pain.

When this module is completed, you will receive the “Module 4: Understanding the Challenges of OA Pain Therapies” digital badge!

However, to receive one CME credit, you must complete all five modules.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, learners should be able to:

  • Understand the neuroanatomy of the pain pathways and analgesic targets in OA
  • Have a complete understanding of the Biopsychosocial Model of Pain
  • Know the mechanisms of pain in OA
  • Understand the available non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments for OA pain

Module Four Syllabus:

  • Global Impact on Society
  • Neuroanatomy of the Pain Pathway and Analgesic Targets in OA
  • Biopsychosocial Model of Pain
  • Mechanisms of Pain in OA
  • Non-Pharmacological Treatments for OA Pain
  • Pharmacological Treatments
  • Research Focusing on Modification of Pain Pathways
  • OA: Pain and Patient Perspective
  • Initiatives for Future
  • Summary
  • Assessment Questions

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