Pain Peculiarities in Everyday Life

presented by Adriaan Louw

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Pain is a normal part of human existence: everyone experiences it, but not everyone experiences it in the same way. An individual’s age, job situation, personality, and socioeconomic status shape their pain experience and can have a significant impact their prognosis and treatment. This course will explore the bio-psycho-social aspects of pain, with particular attention given to kids and pain, work and pain, personality and pain, and socioeconomic status and pain. The course will also answer the question of “So what?,” offering clinical applications for each of these factors. Getting a handle on pain peculiarities will equip therapists to point their treatment plans in a direction that fosters meaningful change in the lives of their patients.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT

    Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT

    Adriaan, co-founder and CEO of ISPI, earned both an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree in research and spinal surgery rehabilitation from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a guest lecturer/adjunct faculty at Rockhurst University, St. Ambrose University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition, he maintains a clinical practice and is co-owner of The Ortho Spine and Pain Clinic in Story City, Iowa. Adriaan has been teaching postgraduate, spinal manual therapy and pain science classes throughout the US and internationally for 15 years. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist through ISPI. In addition, Adriaan has presented at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences and has authored and co-authored articles, books and book chapters related to spinal disorders and pain science. Recently, Adriaan completed his Ph.D., which centers on therapeutic neuroscience education and spinal disorders.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Kids and Pain

    1. Kids and Pain

    The experiences children have from a very early age can influence the degree to which pain impacts their lives in the future. Participation in contact sports, circumcision, and NICU needle pricks in babies have all been shown to impact pain later in life. Therapists need to be aware of the impact of such events in order to maximize the impact of their interactions with kids in pain and the parents that care for them.

  2. Work and Pain

    2. Work and Pain

    Patients in pain often are removed from their work, and once removed, return is not guaranteed. Several factors predict chronic pain and disability among workers. This chapter explores the strong and moderate predictors of chronicity and challenges therapists to apply TNE preemptively in industry to minimize the impact of pain-related absenteeism and disability in the workplace.

  3. Personality and Pain

    3. Personality and Pain

    What makes some people resilient in the face of pain, while others seem to fold in on themselves, allowing pain to govern every aspect of life? Personality characteristics have been shown to have strong correlations to pain experiences. This chapter explores depression, neuroticism, anxiety, coping strategies, and catastrophization. Opportunities for screening and education are introduced as possible mediators to the personality traits that predispose individuals to chronicity.

  4. Socioeconomic Factors and Pain

    4. Socioeconomic Factors and Pain

    Socioeconomic disadvantage (SED) increases the risk of pain. Coping strategies, ethnicity, occupational factors, and other factors influence individual pain experiences. This chapter explores those factors, as well as suggesting options for clinicians to work within those constraints or to remove barriers where possible.