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"It burns!" -- Assessment and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain


"It burns!" -- Assessment and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Stacie Levine, MD, David Beckmann, MD
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This self-directed learning exercise explores the assessment and management of neuropathic pain.  Through a case presentation and related readings, the student will identify appropriate strategies for assessing and treating common sources of neuropathic pain.  Knowledge questions are included to assess learner understanding.  A brief follow up discussion to go over answers to multiple choice questions is recommended. A workbook is provided. Some external materials are required; see the instructions below.

Educational objectives: 

After completion of this module the student should be able to:

  1. Recognize common presentations and symptoms of neuropathic pain
  2. Understand basic pathophysiologic mechanisms of neuropathic pain
  3. Identify chronic medical diagnoses associated with neuropathic pain
  4. Discuss the most effective therapies available for this type of pain
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

In order to complete this module, you will also need to access the following:

  • Article Jackson KC. Pharmacotherapy for neuropathic pain. Pain Practice 2006;6(1):27-33.
  • Web module “Pathophysiology of Nociceptive and Neuropathic Pain” from the American Medical Association.
  • The answer key for this product will be provided to faculty members only. To request the answer key, send an email to titled "Request for Answer Key to Product #20723". Include your full name, your institution, your intended use of the product and any additional information relevant to the request. Also include your supervisor's full name, email address and phone number so that we may confirm your status as a faculty member.

This product is part of a series of 3 independent learning modules on pain for medical students.  Companion products:  Treating pain in persons with a history of addictions (#20723), and Addressing myths and managing side effects of opioid (#20724).  The workbook for this series can also be accessed at


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30 minutes
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Suggested Citation:
Dr. David Beckmann and Stacie Levine. "It burns!" -- Assessment and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: