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Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

Adriaan Louw Instructor Bio:
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.

Adriaan Louw's Continuing Education Courses

Teaching People About Pain

Teaching People About Pain

Pain is complex and new paradigms of pain, i.e., neuromatrix, nerve sensitivity, endocrine and immune responses to pain and neuroplasticity has pushed physical therapy to the foreground in the treatment of pain. Physical therapy is uniquely… Read Morearrow_right

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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 in… Read Morearrow_right

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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.… Read Morearrow_right

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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 understand… Read Morearrow_right

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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… Read Morearrow_right

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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 significant… Read Morearrow_right

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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 shape… Read Morearrow_right

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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… Read Morearrow_right

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