Pain: Physiology and Neuroscience
This activity will provide participants with an understanding of the fundamental principles required to relate drug mechanisms of action to the pathophysiological pathways responsible for the elicitation of a pain response. Participants will learn about the components of pathophysiological pathways, including cognitive mechanisms, nociceptive responses, wind-up, and central sensitization. As well, focus will be placed on the identification and description of points of therapeutic intervention in the brain and cerebral cortex, along ascending (afferent) and descending (efferent) pathways, and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems.
- Review the basic structure and function of the nervous system.
- Relate physiological and biochemical features of signal transmission and transduction of nerve impulses.
- Describe the anatomy and physiology of the pathways involved in nociceptive and neurogenic pain.
- Explain the mechanisms of peripheral and central sensitization and how they relate to acute and chronic pain.
- Describe the contributing factors to pathophysiological pathways including cognitive mechanisms, nociceptive responses, wind-up, and central sensitization.
- Identify pharmacological targets for the treatment of pain.
|SHANNON BELLEVUE, BSc, MSc|
Medical Editor Team Lead
KEN SPEIDEL, BS Pharm, PharmD, RPh, FIACP, FACA
This learning activity has received financial support from MEDISCA Inc. in the form of an educational grant.
This program is not currently accredited for Pharmacists.
American Physicians: Physicians, on their own accord, may assess this activity for its educational value and learning experience in order to determine if this activity is appropriate for claiming AMA PRA Category 2 Credits™ under the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) and credit system.
Canadian Physicians: Physicians of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) may be able to claim Mainpro-M2 credits for self-directed or non-CFPC-accredited learning activities (i.e., programs that are not Mainpro-M1 or Mainpro-C accredited).
For members of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)
Members of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC) may assess if the home study (9-hour activity) falls within the scope of practice and relates to the clinical competencies of the profession. If deemed appropriate, participants may apply for continuing education hours. For more information, please see the College’s website.
International participants should verify with their respective governing board for accreditation equivalency.
There are no refunds, returns, or transfers upon purchase of the home study.