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

130 1 Hour
Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) affects 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.

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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 Outcomes

How to recognize central sensitization
To understand how some traditional medical interventions can worsen central sensitization
How to manage central sensitization using medical and non-medical interventions
To understand why inter-disciplinary pain clinics are the gold standard for treatment of this condition

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