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Application of Pain Neuroscience Education

presented by Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

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Financial: Adriaan Louw publishes books on pain and receive an honorarium for the sales. He co-owns and teaches for a seminar company offering continuing education for healthcare providers. Adriaan is a technical consultant for a pain science virtual reality company from which he receives royalties. He also receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course. Nonfinancial: Adriaan Louw has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 70 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Evidence, consisting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, for pain neuroscience education is growing. In contrast, little is known of the how-to clinical application of pain neuroscience education. How do these pain metaphors look? How do they sound? This is an introductory course for athletic trainers, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, and other licensed medical providers in inpatient, outpatient, home health, and school settings. Clinicians will see firsthand how pain neuroscience education is applied to a patient with persistent pain. Various symptoms will be explained via metaphors, examples, and images.

Meet Your Instructor

Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

Adriaan earned his undergraduate, master's degree and PhD in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 25 years at numerous national and…

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1. Before Pain Neuroscience Education

This chapter will cover various preparatory strategies to be implemented prior to pain neuroscience education (PNE). It will also include information on reasoning to implement PNE and determination of which patients will maximally benefit from PNE.

2. Clinician Perspective: Pain Neuroscience Education

This chapter will overview how to clinically prepare the patient for PNE as well as answer common concerns about PNE. It will also lay out expected effects post implementation of PNE.

3. The Sensitive Alarm System

This chapter discusses four easy-to-recall metaphors that can be used during pain neuroscience education to help patients understand the physiology of pain as well as lay the groundwork to answer the question “How can you help me?”

4. Pain Neuroscience Education: Clinical Demonstration, Part 1

This chapter shows a demonstration of the implementation of pain neuroscience education with an actual patient in a clinical setting.

5. Pain Neuroscience Education: Clinical Demonstration, Part 2

In part 2, we will continue a demonstration of the implementation of pain neuroscience education with an actual patient in a clinical setting.

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