Why is My Pain Getting Worse? Central Sensitization Diagnosis and Management

September 13, 2017 4:00PM

Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) a ffects around 1 in 5 Canadians and is the leading cause of disability globally. Opioid medications, surgery and many other 'traditional' medical interventions are ineffective and possibly harmful when used to treat CNCP. Inadequately treated acute pain can lead to an amplification of the pain system known as central sensitization. In addition to increased pain, central sensitization can affect most organ systems and can cause many non-pain symptoms such as fatigue, depression, irritable bowel and many more. Recognizing and treating central sensitization can lead to less unnecessary tests and referrals and improvement in patient's symptoms.

Learning objectives:

  • You will learn how to recognize central sensitization.
  • You will understand how some traditional medical interventions can worsen central sensitization.
  • You will learn how to manage central sensitization using medical and non-medical interventions.
  • You will understand why inter-disiclinary pain clinics are the gold standard for treatment of this condition.


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