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Introduction to 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: 66 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Teaching patients the underlying neuroscience of their pain experience is referred to as pain neuroscience education. Growing evidence supports its use for people experiencing pain. As it gains evidence, there is also a need to understand aspects associated with clinical implementation. 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 be updated on the latest evidence for pain neuroscience education for persistent pain. Additionally, clinicians will see how pain neuroscience education is being trialed in various acute and subacute conditions. Finally, various strategies are shown on how to implement pain neuroscience education in clinical practice.

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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. Pain Neuroscience Education for Persistent Pain

This chapter will provide an overview of the evolution of and evidence for pain neuroscience education for the treatment of persistent pain. Clinicians will be introduced to the concept of focusing on function versus hyperfixating on pain.

2. Pain Neuroscience Education for Acute and Subacute Pain

This chapter will provide an overview of programs for pain neuroscience education for acute and subacute pain across a variety of settings. Clinicians will hear real-world examples of how pain neuroscience education may be implemented in a variety of settings to optimize outcomes for patients experiencing acute and subacute pain.

3. Clinical Implementation of Pain Neuroscience Education

This chapter will provide details on multiple clinical aspects of providing pain neuroscience education. These will include impacts on documentation and billing, and options for group education and building a pain team as well as answering practical questions such as how to walk clients through behavioral changes and who needs pain education.

4. Clinician Perspective: PNE in the Clinic

This chapter will provide practical clinical applications for pain neuroscience education. Students will learn how to describe the value of PNE to fellow clinicians, other medical providers, and payers.

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