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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Basic Principles of Pharmacology and Drugs to Alleviate Pain

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Basic Principles of Pharmacology and Drugs to Alleviate Pain     $74.88

This lecture is part of the following course:
Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Therapists


This 2-part course in pharmacology is designed to provide physical therapists a basic understanding of the actions of drugs and potential issues that may be encountered by individuals who may be using prescribed and over-the-counter medications.

The first lecture explains how the relationship between drugs and physical therapy is a complex two-way street. Drugs are capable of modifying the body's response to exercise and physical interventions, and exercise and physical interventions can modify both the therapeutic and side effects of drugs. The lecture then takes physical therapists through an overview of pain pathways, and discusses how medications such as anesthetics, opioids, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen affect the patient's body while trying to relieve pain. Finally, the lecture ends with a discussion of our current understanding of the etiology of migraine headaches, and the treatment options currently available. Case reports are presented throughout. Florida Physical Therapy Association

Note: The audio for this course was recorded at the FPTA Annual Meeting.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 2.50


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. List at least five of the drugs commonly used by individuals they encounter in the clinical setting.
  2. Define the following terms and concepts:
    1. Pharmacokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination) and how drug action may be altered by exercise/physical interventions
    2. Pharmacodynamics (how drugs exert their actions)
    3. Pharmacogenomics (why individuals may differ in response to drug treatment)
  3. Explain the actions and adverse effects of drugs used for pain relief (anesthetics, opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents)
  4. Explain how migraine headaches occur, and how drugs can be used to prevent or treat this condition.
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