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Preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education for Lumbar Surgery

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 non-financial 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: 68 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

Lumbar surgery is very prevalent and ever increasing. It is currently reported that one in four patients still experiences pain and disability after lumbar surgery. This course will showcase how a pain neuroscience program was developed, tested, and validated for patients undergoing lumbar surgery. Immediate post-education results showed favorable changes to fear avoidance, pain catastrophizing, and beliefs and expectations regarding surgery. Long-term results showed a positive influence on surgical experience and healthcare utilization after surgery. This course will also showcase a live patient session showing the delivery of the preoperative pain neuroscience education program. This course is suited for clinicians working with pre- and postoperative lumbar surgery patients.

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. Tests, Trials, and Results: Preoperative PNE Program for Lumbar Surgery, Part 1

A series of studies tested the preoperative pain neuroscience education program for lumbar surgery. Immediate post-education results showed that clinicians can be trained in this; the program is less provocative than current programs, yields immediate positive changes prior to surgery, and calms the central nervous system prior to surgery.

2. Tests, Trials, and Results: Preoperative PNE Program for Lumbar Surgery, Part 2

A series of studies tested the preoperative pain neuroscience education program for lumbar surgery. Large-scale, multicenter, and long-term results showed that the preoperative program results in better patient experiences and behaviors and healthcare savings.

3. Patient Demonstration: Preoperative PNE for Lumbar Surgery, Part 1

A live patient session demonstrates the delivery of pain neuroscience education prior to lumbar surgery. The use of metaphors, examples, and images demonstrates the sensitive alarm system in the perioperative period.

4. Patient Demonstration: Preoperative PNE for Lumbar Surgery, Part 2

A live patient session demonstrates the delivery of pain neuroscience education prior to lumbar surgery. The use of metaphors, examples, and images demonstrates the nerve sensors and strategies to calm down an extra-sensitive alarm system in the perioperative period.

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