Continuing professional education: videos online

It’s been a while since I put up some links to good free online video material, so today’s the day!

University of Maryland has a range of medical videos on manytopics.  There is a heavy bias towards medical and surgical options, and little on ‘allied health’.  The information on spine disorders and ‘oh my aching back’ is focused on surgical and peripheral disorders, and little attention is paid to the limited relationship between ‘ruptured discs’ and pain.  No matter, there are some nice podcasts on ‘forgiveness’, ‘medical crisis counselling’, and ‘depression’, and the series under ‘preventive medicine’ has a nice one on ‘walking for wellness’. (more…)

If you’re new to pain management: v

Neuroanatomy is full of names and details that can be quite difficult to learn. I found this site which has a great, albeit simplified, list of labelled images that you need to drag and drop names on as a way of learning them. Another site is Sylvius which has free images with voice-over – and you can purchase an ipod version to carry around with you. Would be a good option if you were needing to study on-the-fly!

It’s not so easy to find good, up-to-date material on functional neuroanatomy of pain that includes the brain. There are a couple of reasonable resources on peripheral mechanisms (see yesterday’s post), but as for those reviewing the role of the brain, well that’s not quite so easy to find. In fact, I’m still searching for something visual, interactive, and recent. The search goes on! So expect another post later today.
What I’m hoping to find is something that pulls together the most recent information on the neuromatrix, along with some good illustrations – at the moment it’s feeling a bit elusive!

Anatomy and physiology refresher – or patient information

If you have forgotten (or never really knew) all your muscle origins, insertions, innervations and actions – here is a fantastic animated site that can bring it all back in glorious colour and animations!!
Get Body Smart has interactive tutorials, animations, quizzes, and lots of fun for anyone who is interested in really know what each muscle does.

Recommended for peripheral and extremities rather than neck/spine (those haven’t been developed yet), it really is a fun way to show a patient how and why they are using different muscles, or why you’ve got them doing some exercises. A bit of understanding is a good thing – and it’s amazing how little people know about their own bodies.

The site has loads of information not just about muscles, but also about the Respiratory System, Muscle Tissue Physiology, the Nervous System etc.
It’s not an incredibly detailed or elaborate review, so it’s just great for people who want an overview, refresher or as I said, for patient education.
I also liked their links here that include both freely accessible sites, and those that require login.

Let me know what you think!

Shouldering on…

When did you last review your shoulder anatomy?

While looking for some information for a presentation I’m doing shortly on shoulder pain, I stumbled across this site – a real wealth of illustrated information on shoulder anatomy, pathology and therapy. It even includes a GREAT description of occupational therapy in shoulder rehabilitation! Now that’s unusual. Most of the time you will read about surgery, physiotherapy, exercises and ‘conservative management’ of the shoulder – but if you’ve ever tried to help someone with shoulder pain return to work, you’ll know that it’s incredibly difficult to find ways to do most activities involving the hand without moving the shoulder. And that’s just the kind of problem that occupational therapists seek to remedy.

Anyway, the site also includes copies of three whole textbooks – and a wealth of illustrations of the shoulder that are just great for patient education (and therapist revision!!). And there are regular news updates on shoulder problems that should keep you informed and interested.

Go on, take a look! You’ll enjoy it.

Brain Maps!

Do you know your neuro-anatomy?


This site shows me just how lucky we are with the internet as a resource for seeing things that we couldn’t have dreamed about just five or so years ago. Head to Brain Maps for a look at detailed cross-sections and other images of the brains of homo-sapiens, rattus norvegicus, felis catus and more!!

And just when you thought that was enough, this site has even more resources for you to polish up your neurological knowledge.

Why would you want to learn all this? Well in the field of pain, we are essentially dealing with neuroanatomy in some form or another – and heaven knows I am no reductionist, but there is so much that our nervous system does that we don’t yet know about that I think if we’re working with people experiencing pain, then we really have to continually update our knowledge in order to integrate the findings from both gross anatomy and physiology and neuroanatomy and physiology. Oh, and don’t forget about psychology – and if you’ve a moment, and want to see what you can remember about methods? Go here and take this brief test. If you’re going to work in health, you’d better know about scientific method!