Case Study 2:
Somatosensory Function, Pain, Headache, and Temperature Regulation
Ramandeep is an active 23-year-old. She works
as a part-time nurse during the day and is studying for a postgraduate
certificate in the evening. Ramandeep started to wear a bite plate at night
after she began to experience jaw pain and headaches. Sometimes the pain
radiated to her ear, and she would apply a hot water bottle to it to ease the
discomfort. It was not until her husband mentioned to her that he heard her
grinding her teeth at night while she was sleeping. She knew then that her
headaches might be from temporomandibular joint syndrome, and she went to her
dentist to confirm her thoughts. In addition to the bite plate, the dentist
also recommended she should continue with the application of heat, use NSAIDs
when needed, and incorporate regular relaxation exercises throughout her
What effect does heat have on
nociceptors so that it makes a good nonpharmacologic treatment for pain?
Heat and cold treatment are
both hypothesized to have an effect on the release of endogenous opioids.
What are these chemicals, and why are they hypothesized to be beneficial
in the body?
Using your knowledge of
physiology, how do NSAID analgesics function in the management of pain?
Case Study Assignment Requirements
Make sure all of the topics in
the case study have been addressed.
Cite at least 5 references in
your case study paper; this may include peer-reviewed journal articles,
textbooks, or evidence-based practice websites to support the content.
All reference sources must be
within 5 years.
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Wikipedia or UpToDate as a reference.
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four full pages of analytic content, double-spaced (the cover and
reference pages do not count in the page count, but must be included with
the assignment), and follow APA 7th edition format.
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One of the assigned Unit 7 case study 2 topics
for assignment paper:
Displays complete understanding of all critical
concepts by answering all case study questions thoroughly, utilizing
Supports opinions and ideas with evidence-based
practice details and examples where appropriate.
Grading criteria 2. Collegiate-level
● Includes no more than three
grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors that do not interfere with the readability.
● Meets the assignment paper length
requirement of at least four full content pages, excluding the cover page and
● Supports all opinions and ideas with
relevant and credible reference sources of information.
● Provides 5 or more peer-reviewed or
evidence-based practice scholarly references sources.
● All reference sources are within the
past five years.
Grading criteria 3. Citations and Formatting
● The overall order of information is
clear and contributes to the meaning of the assignment.
● There may be 1-2 sentences, or one
paragraph that is out of order, or other minor organization issues.
● Strong attempt at APA formatting and
correctly citing all reference sources. One or two formatting, in-text, or
reference citation errors may occur.
● Quotation marks and citations make
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