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PODY3014 Pain: Theory and Management for Podiatrists

Module Overview

This module will provide an introduction to key aspects of pain theory and pain management.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

At the end of this module on pain the student will: • develop further knowledge and insight into the area of pain management • understand the importance of appreciating the physical and psychosocial dimensions of pain • understand the importance of multi-disciplinary team working for pain management intervention • be more confident in being able to work with people experiencing pain • understand the role that complementary therapies could play for people with chronic pain

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • You will demonstrate the ability to evaluate the evidence base that underpins key techniques and philosophies of pain management.
  • You will be able to describe outcome measures for pain, critically evaluating their practical application in pain management.
  • You will be able to demonstrate a holistic synthesis of knowledge gained through your learning activities and demonstrate an evaluation of how this will inform your future practice.


This module will focus on issues of acute and chronic pain from conventional and complementary perspectives. This may include identifying and critically analysing aspects of anatomy, physiology, psychology, communication theory, or pharmacology that underpin current practice. Sessions will allow the opportunity to explore some of the different intervention strategies. The overall aim of the module is to facilitate the participants’ understanding of this important area. It will allow them to explore their own views, beliefs and experiences of pain and also discuss current themes so that they may have a better understanding of clients / patients who experience pain in its broadest concept. The module will cover different aspects of pain management such as: • Multidimensional nature of pain and aspects of the physiological and psychological basis of pain • Pain assessment and measurement • The management of pain – the effective therapeutic relationship, behavioural management and the place of some selected interventions • Clinical conditions – an introduction to some selected clinical conditions (e.g. such as musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, cancer, pelvic pain) As part of the module students may be expected to research an area of interest in pain management and present this to the group.

Special Features

Where the module includes special features such as a field trips or study abroad, it should be made clear how students with special needs will be enabled to benefit from this or an equivalent experience (for example, ensuring women-only accommodation is available and that special dietary requirements can be met, or providing equivalent learning opportunities without requiring overnight stays). As part of the module students will be expected to research an area of interest in pain management and present this to the group. This research may be conducted in groups. The needs of those students with special needs will be accommodated on an individual basis.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods may include: • Lectures • Practical demonstrations and/or practical work • Student presentations • Discussions • Case studies (theoretical or with patient)

Follow-up work40
Wider reading or practice123
Total study time187

Resources & Reading list

Thompson and Brooks (Ed) (2016). Integrative Pain Management. 

Horn and Munafo (2009). Pain - Theory, Research and Intervention. 

Sulka, Wolters, Kluwer (2016). Mechanisms and Management of Pain for the Physical Therapist. 

Melzack (1977). The Puzzle of PAIN. 


Assessment Strategy

Presentation (10 minutes = 40% of the marks) and viva (15 minutes = 60% of the marks) on a chosen aspect of pain and pain management by podiatry




MethodPercentage contribution
Poster and questions  (15 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Students may be required to fund production of a poster for their summative presentation. This can be done at minimal cost by restricting posters to a series of printed A3 sheets. There will be no requirement for professionally printed/laminated posters.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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