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PODY3016 Pain: Theory and Management for Podiatrists

Module Overview

This module will focus on issues of acute and chronic pain from conventional and complementary/alternative perspectives. This may include identifying and critically analysing aspects of anatomy, physiology, psychology, communication theory, or pharmacology that underpin current practice and the development of an integrated approach to understanding the pain experience. Theories and methods of pain assessment will be discussed. There will be an 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 sense.

Aims and Objectives

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.


The module will cover different aspects of pain theory and 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 complementary or alternative pain management and present this to the group.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A range of teaching and learning methods will be used including face to face teaching sessions.

Blended Learning24
Independent Study163.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Horn and Munafò (2009). Pain – Theory, Research and Intervention. 

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


Assessment Strategy

Both summative components must be passed.




MethodPercentage contribution
Poster 50%
Questions  (15 minutes) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (1000 words) 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

You will be required to print a poster for presentation at the final summative assessment task.

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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