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Online: Drugs Used to Treat Pain and Inflammation, part 1: Opioids
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Presenter: Charles D. Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA


$19.00 Member | $31.00 Nonmember (fee subject to change)
CEU: 0.1 CEU (1 contact hour/CCU) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Course Level: Intermediate
Publication Date: February 2009


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

This course – Part 1 of a 2-part series on analgesics – covers topics related to the use of opioid analgesics. Analgesic drug therapy and certain rehabilitation interventions share a common goal: pain relief. Consequently, analgesics are among the drugs most frequently taken by patients who are treated in a rehabilitation setting. Opioid drugs represent the most effective pharmacologic means of helping patients deal with acute and chronic pain. This course provides the learner with practical information about opioid analgesics and considerations during rehabilitation. In addition, this course discusses the side effects of these drugs and the impact of these side effects during the rehabilitation session.

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After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the most commonly administered opioid analgesics and appreciate their classification as controlled substances.

  2. Explain the mechanism of action of opioid analgesics.

  3. Describe the pharmacokinetics of opioid analgesics and understand the advantages and disadvantages of the options available for clinical administration of these drugs.

  4. Recognize the anticipated side effects of opioid analgesics that might be observed or affect physical rehabilitation or intervention planning.

  5. Recognize the symptoms of withdrawal from opioid analgesics that might be observed during rehabilitation and the interventions that might be appropriate to relieve some of those symptoms.

  6. Describe a classification system to distinguish among opioid analgesics and their mechanisms of action.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Charles D. Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Ciccone currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1975, and his PhD in Physiology from Rutgers University in 1983. Ciccone is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as an Editorial Board Member and Editor -- Reviews for Physical Therapy for the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. Ciccone also serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Group of PT Magazine. Ciccone has had extensive experience integrating pharmacology with physical rehabilitation. He has published articles on various aspects of the physiologic response to drug therapy, and he is the author of the book Pharmacology in Rehabilitation published by F.A Davis. He has also given numerous presentations on the impact of drug therapy on rehabilitation, and he is currently involved in research to determine the clinical implications of prescription and over-the-counter drug use in patients receiving physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.1 CEU (1 contact hour/CCU) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380). You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.1 Unit
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S0379
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 1 Category B Hour
  • Pennsylvania: Approved 1 DA
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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System Requirements
Online Course: This course consists of an online, interactive text-based presentation and a posttest. Resources, when available, are provided as downloadable PDFs within the course. Computer System Requirements.

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Keywords: Orthopedics, Sports

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