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    The current understanding of the various biomedical modalities to treat musculoskeletal pain, including acute and chronic pain, nociceptive / inflammatory, neuropathic, and nociplastic mechanisms.

    The aim of this paper is for students to gain a thorough working knowledge of the structure, function, pharmacology and evidence-based use of local anaesthetics; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents; primary and secondary analgesics; the pharmacological management of chronic regional and neuropathic pain; neuromodulation; and interventional pain diagnostics and therapy.

    About this paper

    Paper title Biomedical Pain Management
    Subject Pain and Pain Management
    EFTS 0.1250
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,551.63
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PAIN 711 or MSME 708
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPhty, MPhty

    Suitable for appropriately qualified health professionals.


    Administrator Client Services
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
    University of Otago, Christchurch
    PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Tel +64 21 279 1423 

    Teaching staff

    Paper Convenor: Dr Lizi Edmonds

    Paper Structure

    PAIN714 consists of eight modules, taught sequentially, using both online resources and online teaching sessions.

    Topics and modules covered in this paper include:

    • An introduction to biomedical pain management, including a consideration of outcomes
    • Treatment of acute musculoskeletal pain and primary analgesics
    • Opioid analgesics in acute and chronic pain
    • Neuropathic and central sensitisation pain and its management with secondary analgesia
    • The use of interventional pain diagnosis and treatments
    • Neuromodulation and pain management
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    Material is delivered electronically and is distance taught. There are eight fortnightly online teaching sessions delivered via Zoom Videoconferencing.

    There is no required text. Some readings are provided and others can be accessed via online library resources.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
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    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will have developed knowledge of
    • The structure, function, pharmacology and evidence-based use of primary and secondary analgesics, opioid analgesics, and local anaesthetic preparations
    • The pharmacological management of neuropathic pain and pain associated with central sensitisation
    • The integration of pharmacological management with non-pharmacological and interdisciplinary pain management
    • The use of neuromodulatory approaches for managing pain
    • Interventional pain diagnosis and therapy


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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