Continuing Education 

Guidelines to Pain Management

Pain Management Guidelines is the first course in a series of three taught by Dr. Scott Munsterman. In this one-hour class, he will discuss and define pain as outlined in the National Pain Strategy published by the National Institute of Health. Dr. Munsterman will examine historical perspectives on pain as well as intervention and chronicity of pain. He will also discuss types of pain, risk factors, and NMS outcome assessments for pain.



Module 1 Outline
  • Guidelines to care
    • National pain strategy
    • Core competencies for understanding biopsychosocial model of pain
    • High impact chronic pain
    • What is pain?
    • Are opioids effective?
  • QUIZ



Module 2 Outline
  • Is chronic pain a disease, condition, or neither?
    • Illness behavior
    • Factors that percept chronic pain
    • Role of emotion and pain
    • Using evidence to develop guidelines for patients with pain
  • QUIZ



Module 3 Outline
  • Chiropractic therapy is included in guidelines
  • Provider education for treating patients
  • Subacute pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Acute or chronic pain
  • QUIZ



Module 4 Outline
  • What makes pain chronic?
    • Descending modulation
    • Emotion, memory, reward affect pain
    • Osteoarthritis and pain
    • Health equity discussion
    • What interferes with pain management assessment?
  • QUIZ



Module 5 Outline
  • Provider Factors: Bias, Empathy
  • System Factors
  • Pain Assessment and measure
  • Neurological Assessment
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • Physical Evaluation and Pain
  • QUIZ




Scott Munsterman, D.C.

CE Hours



Each module contains a video presentation and a short quiz.  You must view the video prior to taking the quiz.
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