Pain Management in Chiropractic Practice

Tuition: $99

Hours: 6


Course Description

Over 100 million Americans are living with chronic pain. It's the most common reason that patients seek out a clinician. Although pain is very common, the practice of pain management and pain research are relatively new fields. Pain is frequently called the fifth vital sign. This six hour distance based course is designed to assist you in identifying different types of pain and how they are handled by the body.  At the end of this course the clinician should have an understanding of pain and opioid addiction, and be able to offer the patient options to assist in their recovery or treatment.


The content of this course is provided through online reading material in which the learner’s participation (time) is actively tracked and logged. A minimum of six hours is required. There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class. The learner must receive a score of 75% of the total possible points and log at least six hours to receive credit for the course. Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.

No textbooks required. Computer and Internet service required for completion of this course. Funding sources and potential conflicts of interest statement: No funds were received, underwritten or subsidized by any vendors of any goods including supplies or services for this course.


The clinician should be able to explain:

  • The different pain theories
  • the anatomy and physiology of pain
  • The different types of pain
  • The assessment of pain
  • Common causes of pain by body region
  • The diagnosis of different pain conditions
  • Chiropractic pain management methodology and other treatment options
  • Best practices in pain management

With proper evaluation and management of varying pain symptoms, the clinician needs a thorough understanding of the assessment of pain and the available treatment options to better direct patients into appropriate care plans.



Subject Hours
Pain theories 1
Anatomy and physiology of pain 1
Types of pain and common causes 1
Diagnosis of pain syndromes 1
Chiropractic pain management and other treatment options 1
Pain management best practices 1




This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.