Who says I am not in pain? The importance of considering pain in behaviour cases

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When considering behavioural change in patients suffering from pain perhaps the most obvious manifestations are those which are directly associated with handling or interaction when an animal is in acute pain. However, the potential for chronic pain to influence behaviour also needs to be considered. Even in situations of acute pain it is important to realise that the behavioural responses may not to be limited
to overt and concurrent repulsion. Delayed and more diverse behavioural changes, including avoidance, inhibition and appeasement, should also be considered. It needs to be remembered that in cases where individuals develop behavioural coping strategies, in order to deal with the pain, it is possible for these responses to become ritualised and even compulsive in nature. This presentation will consider the role of accurate history taking and good clinical examination in all cases where pain is potentially involved. In addition it will discuss the role of behavioural markers in the challenging context of diagnosing chronic pain and highlight the fact that the absence or apparent insignificance of traditional signs, such as lameness, sensitivity to palpation or skeletal change on X-ray images, cannot be taken as a reason to exclude the possibility of chronic pain being a contributory factor in a behavioural presentation.

All face-to-face evening CPD sessions
will be held in Chester.
All sessions are priced at £45,
£22.50 for BASS & DEIP members.
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07 Nov 2018 Chester

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