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Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

Adriaan Louw Instructor Bio:

Adriaan earned his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and PhD in physiotherapy from the Stellenbosch University 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 postgraduate spinal manual therapy and pain science classes throughout the US and internationally for 25 years and has presented at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science, and medical conferences. He has authored and coauthored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters related to spinal disorders and pain science.

Adriaan is the director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group, an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. He is senior faculty, pain science director, and vice president of faculty experience for Evidence in Motion. He is a certified spinal manual therapist through ISPI. Adriaan recently completed his PhD, which centers on therapeutic neuroscience education and spinal disorders.

Adriaan Louw's Continuing Education Courses

The Neuroscience of Sprains, Strains, Pain and Sports Performance

The Neuroscience of Sprains, Strains, Pain and Sports Performance

Pain, sprains and strains are synonymous with athletes, but how do they impact the ultimate goal in athletics: Sports Performance? This course will shed light on the newest neuroscience view of sports performance, and the role of pain.…

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The Low Back is Having Brain Surgery

The Low Back is Having Brain Surgery

Spinal surgery in the US is ever-increasing. Outcome data indicates nearly 40% of patients have persistent pain and disability following lumbar surgery. Postoperative rehabilitation following lumbar surgery has shown little efficacy…

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Teaching People About Pain

Teaching People About Pain

An updated version of this course has been created. Please find the new courses here:
The Pain Epidemic and Biopsychosocial…
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Warning Signs and the Perception of Pain

Warning Signs and the Perception of Pain

Pain is a normal part of human existence: Everyone experiences it, but not everyone experiences it in the same way. Cultural differences, upbringing and gender can play a role in how pain is perceived by patients. Clinicians need to…

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Social and Cultural Constructs of Pain

Social and Cultural Constructs of Pain

Pain is a normal part of human existence: Everyone experiences it, but not everyone experiences it in the same way. An individual's social support system and cultural differences shape their pain experience and can have a significant…

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Pain Peculiarities in Everyday Life

Pain Peculiarities in Everyday Life

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…

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A Clinical Application of Easing Pain via Neuroplasticity

A Clinical Application of Easing Pain via Neuroplasticity

Neuroscience and brain imaging advances have shown that decreased movement of body parts leads to functional and structural changes in the brain. These neuronal representations of body parts are dynamically maintained, and changes in…

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The "How-To" of Teaching Patients about Pain (Recorded Webinar)

The "How-To" of Teaching Patients about Pain (Recorded Webinar)

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses. In recent years there…

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The Biopsychosocial Approach in Athletes Experiencing Pain

The Biopsychosocial Approach in Athletes Experiencing Pain

Video Runtime: 77 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

Pain is common in athletes, and biomedical models tying injury to pain are often used to teach athletes about pain. These models are very limited, and there… Read Morearrow_right

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The Brain, Athletes, and Sports Performance

The Brain, Athletes, and Sports Performance

Video Runtime: 51 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

Advances in pain science have showcased the importance of the brain. Functionally, the brain undergoes changes during a pain experience whereby areas of the… Read Morearrow_right

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Orthopedic Surgery, Pain, and Disability

Orthopedic Surgery, Pain, and Disability

Video Runtime: 70 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Orthopedic surgery is very common, and current data shows it's ever increasing. Unfortunately, it is now well established that approximately one in four patients… Read Morearrow_right

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Preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education for Lumbar Surgery

Preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education for Lumbar Surgery

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.… Read Morearrow_right

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Preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education for Knees and Shoulders

Preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education for Knees and Shoulders

Video Runtime: 45 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Orthopedic surgery rates are increasing. Approximately one in four patients experiences persistent pain and disability after surgery, and postoperative rehabilitation… Read Morearrow_right

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The Pain Epidemic and Biopsychosocial Model

The Pain Epidemic and Biopsychosocial Model

Video Runtime: 54 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 37 Minutes

Pain is at epidemic proportions. One reason for this is the way we view pain. Traditional biomedical models fuel many misbeliefs regarding pain, and a more well-rounded… Read Morearrow_right

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The Neuroscience of Pain

The Neuroscience of Pain

Video Runtime: 68 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

In the last 20 to 30 years, there has been a significant increase in the biological and physiological understanding of a human pain experience. It is now well… Read Morearrow_right

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Introduction to Pain Neuroscience Education

Introduction to Pain Neuroscience Education

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… Read Morearrow_right

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Application of Pain Neuroscience Education

Application of Pain Neuroscience Education

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… Read Morearrow_right

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PNE+: Nonpharmacological Approach to Treating Pain

PNE+: Nonpharmacological Approach to Treating Pain

Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Education as a stand-alone treatment is limited in changing human behavior. Pain neuroscience education is no different. When pain neuroscience education is… Read Morearrow_right

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