Pain Pathways Made Simple


To successfully manage pain clinically, it is essential to begin with an understanding of the underlying mechanisms responsible for its generation. A skillful approach based on better knowledge concerning anatomical structures, pathways, and events that result in pain is more likely to lead to effective clinical management of pain. This discussion will include an overview of the entire pain pathway explained in simple terms to help foster improved outcomes through patient education and to offer insight as to the pharmacologic and nonpharmacological targets considered when treating pain.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between nociceptive and neuropathic pain
  • Describe the process of pain transmission
  • Identify the specific pain pathways that can be acted upon by pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacologic treatments

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AANP
  • 1.00 ACCME (All Other)
  • 1.00 ACCME (MD/DO Only)
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
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David M. Glick, DC, DAIPM, CPE, FASPE

CEO & Medical Director
Lewes, Delaware

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AANP
  • 1.00 ACCME (All Other)
  • 1.00 ACCME (MD/DO Only)
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
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