Pain Management: Neurobiology of Pain - 1 Hour

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 Dr. Tom Watson

Pain is transmitted to the brain by way of nociception processes, neurochemical transmitters, and peripheral nerve pathways. As pain enters the spinal cord, there are descending pathways that facilitate pain to the brain and descending pathways that inhibit pain. There are neurotransmitters located in the spinal cord and in the brain that may facilitate or inhibit pain.


The participant will learn:

  • 3 steps in the transmission of pain information from the periphery to the spinal cord.
  • 3 steps of pain facilitation in the spinal cord and brain.
  • 3 steps of pain inhibition in the spinal cord and brain.
  • 3 mechanisms of external inhibition of pain.
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