The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief

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  • 2017
  • 1 Season

Barbara K. Bruce, a pain management specialist at the Mayo Clinic, presents The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief, a course available from The Great Courses Signature Collection. In this educational series, viewers learn about the sources of pain, the effects of chronic pain on the body and mind, and pain treatments and management strategies.

The importance of recognizing pain as a physical and emotional experience is emphasized in the first several lectures. Pain signals are sent through the nervous system to the brain, but pain perception can be influenced by psychological and emotional factors. The course explains how pain relief can involve a combination of physical treatments and mental health therapies.

Next, viewers are given an overview of different types of pain, including nociceptive pain (arising from damage to tissue or organs), neuropathic pain (caused by damage to nerves), and psychogenic pain (originating in the mind). Conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines are discussed in detail, along with common symptoms and the latest research on potential causes.

The course addresses the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including opioids, for pain management. Bruce provides guidance on how to use medications safely and effectively, with an emphasis on the importance of following dosing instructions and communicating openly with healthcare providers.

Non-medication treatments for pain are also explored. These include physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and other complementary and alternative therapies. The course provides a balanced view of these treatments, weighing the potential benefits against any known risks or limitations.

Finally, viewers are given practical advice on managing pain in everyday life. This includes tips on exercise, sleep, nutrition, and stress reduction, as well as strategies for coping with pain flare-ups and avoiding situations that can worsen pain. Family and caregivers are encouraged to take an active role in supporting loved ones with chronic pain.

Throughout the course, Bruce emphasizes the importance of taking a multi-disciplinary approach to pain management. Rather than relying solely on medications or a single therapy, she encourages viewers to consider an array of treatments that address the complex, multidimensional aspects of pain. Pain relief is not always possible, but by working with healthcare providers and making lifestyle changes, individuals with chronic pain can improve their quality of life and find ways to minimize its impact.

Overall, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief is an informative and comprehensive course that is accessible to both medical professionals and laypeople. Bruce's clear and engaging presentation style makes the material easy to understand, even for those without a background in pain management. Those who suffer from chronic pain or work with those who do will find valuable information and practical guidance in this course.

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on March 3, 2017.

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Active Sessions: Exercise and Relaxation
12. Active Sessions: Exercise and Relaxation
March 3, 2017
Begin two aspects of your pain management plan right now. Let experts gently guide you through physical exercise and meditation practices that will start you on your journey. Learn how to calm your busy mind and improve your chances of directing it where you want it to go - toward relaxation and comfort.
Creating a Pain Management Plan
11. Creating a Pain Management Plan
March 3, 2017
Use everything you've learned in the first 10 lectures of this course to create your own effective pain management plan - one that meets your personal goals and identifies the lifestyle interventions that are most appropriate for you in the areas of exercise, stress reduction, social support, improved sleep, and emotional health.
Building a Pain Management Team
10. Building a Pain Management Team
March 3, 2017
Do you wish you had one person to lead your health care team? One person to coordinate, explain, and integrate information from your other doctors - to explain all your options and develop the best possible pain-management plan for you? You do. Learn why your primary care physician is almost always best for the job.
The Vicious Cycle of Pain and Mood
9. The Vicious Cycle of Pain and Mood
March 3, 2017
Symptoms of chronic pain are rarely stable, leading to good days and bad days - and unpredictable changes in mood. It's impossible to completely disentangle chronic pain from mood, especially since the emotions and pain that you feel travel along the same nerve pathways through your body. But help is available for mood disorders, and you can learn how to minimize their impact on your life.
How to Sleep When You Have Pain
8. How to Sleep When You Have Pain
March 3, 2017
People with chronic pain are more likely to have sleep problems that impact their daily lives and are three times more likely to be diagnosed with a sleep disorder. Recent research reveals many complex relationships between pain and sleep - and the best ways to get the sleep needed to lessen stress and pain.
Social Support for Pain Management
7. Social Support for Pain Management
March 3, 2017
Medical research consistently shows that people with rich social support networks are healthier in almost every way. But you might be surprised to learn what type of social support doctors have found most helpful for those with chronic pain, and who benefits. Learn how to initiate, develop, and nurture these significant relationships.
Manage Your Stress to Manage Your Pain
6. Manage Your Stress to Manage Your Pain
March 3, 2017
No matter its cause, stress signals your body to release cortisol - its primary fight-or-flight hormone - which increases your perception of pain, causes more stress, and even doubles the symptoms of pain that you experience. Learn how to break this cycle by identifying and reducing the real stressors in your life and adopting new behaviors that reduce stress and pain.
How Exercise Helps with Chronic Pain
5. How Exercise Helps with Chronic Pain
March 3, 2017
Study after study has shown that exercise releases endorphins, improves blood flow to the brain, reduces fatigue, improves sleep quality, and even helps build emotional resilience. But what's the most significant issue in developing an appropriate exercise program for a person with chronic pain? Moderation. Moderation. And more moderation. Learn why.
Medication for Chronic Pain: Why and Why Not
4. Medication for Chronic Pain: Why and Why Not
March 3, 2017
What are the short-term benefits and the long-term risks of using anti-inflammatories, analgesics, opioids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and other pharmacological treatments for chronic pain? Learn when drugs can be helpful and when it's time to address the bigger goal of successfully managing chronic pain - and managing life - without them.
Common Causes of Chronic Pain
3. Common Causes of Chronic Pain
March 3, 2017
Many conditions can lead to chronic pain, but one more recently discovered cause is central sensitization. This syndrome is caused by dysregulation of the spinal cord, the brain's thalamus, hypothalamus, and amygdala, and alterations in how pain is experienced. Central sensitization is thought to be the underlying cause of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more.
What Is Pain?
2. What Is Pain?
March 3, 2017
The latest neurological research reveals that the brain's physical, emotional, and cognition centers all play significant roles in our perception of pain. The fascinating neurology of pain reveals why the most effective pain-control programs address the body, the mind, and the body-mind interaction.
Why Pain Matters
1. Why Pain Matters
March 3, 2017
One out of every three people suffers from chronic pain - pain that either never goes away or returns again and again. Although pain is a universal experience, there are ways you can manage pain effectively - and live an enjoyable and fulfilling life. Learn from case studies of people who have dealt with chronic pain and how their experiences may help you. #Better Living
Where to Watch The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief
The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief is available for streaming on the The Great Courses Signature Collection website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief on demand at Amazon and Kanopy.
  • Premiere Date
    March 3, 2017