The online tutorial series with a case reinforces practical
application of tools and competencies acquired during the
live activity. Each tool is a combination of essentials in
clinical practice, links to relevant scientific publications, and
printable handout material for reference. Clinical Case
following the online tutorials gives the learners an opportunity
to earn extra CE credit upon completion.
- Differentiating Types of Pain
- Assessment of Pain
- Know Your Drugs: Non-Opioids
- Know Your Drugs: Opioids
- Minimizing Adverse Effects
- Clinical Case
Differentiating Types of Pain
When evaluating a patient with chronic pain, it is essential
to recognize the type of pain the patient is experiencing. This
will be critical in developing an effective pain management plan
that is individualized to treat the specific type of pain.
It is important to remember that pain types and contributing
factors are not mutually exclusive. Patients frequently do have
more than one type of pain, as well as overlapping
General Pain Types
Nociceptive Pain: Typically a response to a noxious
stimulus (e.g., injury, disease, inflammation). Pain
arising from visceral organs can be further classified
as visceral pain, whereas somatic pain arises from tissue
such as the skin, muscle, joint capsules, and bone.
Neuropathic Pain: Caused by aberrant signal processing in
the peripheral or central nervous system and typically reflects
nervous system injury or impairment. Causes can include
trauma, inflammation, metabolic disease (e.g., diabetes),
infections, tumors, toxins, and primary neurological disease.
Characteristics of Different Pain Types