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“Teaching Patients About Pain” & “Everything Hurts” with Dr. Adriaan Louw

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Glenside, PA 19038

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“Teaching Patients About Pain”
Pain is complex and new paradigms of pain, i.e., neuromatrix, nerve sensitivity, endocrine and immune responses to pain and neuroplasticity has opened various exciting non-pharmacological options in the treatment of pain. One such approach is altering what patients think and believe about their pain. It is well established that patients often have faulty beliefs regarding pain, which in turn may increase fear, catastrophization, pain and disability. The paradox is that patients are interested in pain; especially how pain works. Growing evidence supports that teaching patients more about the neurophysiology and biology of pain allows for decreased pain, increased movement and function, various decreased psychometric measurements and higher compliance with therapy. This lecture, based on the latest neuroscience view of pain, aims to help healthcare providers update their knowledge of pain. Furthermore, the lecture will expose healthcare providers to a newly designed pain neuroscience education language used in various research projects and clinical practice with the aim to help patients achieve success. This session is a must for all healthcare providers dealing with people in pain.

“Everything Hurts”
What exactly is fibromyalgia? How about chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease or Non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Are these “pain conditions” different, or could they all share a common thread? As chronic pain rates increase, it seems it gets more complex, with “new” diagnoses being introduced all the time. New developments in pain neuroscience may hold the answers, including implications for examination and treatment. Biologically and physiologically, many of these conditions are similar, including brain activation as seen on functional MRI scans. This course aims to delve into the complexity of various widespread pain and fatigue conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. This presentation will help clinicians see how various complex pain issues share some common features including threat activation, various biological and physiological defense mechanisms as well as changes in neurotransmitters and immune system function. This presentation will showcase the latest science and evidence associated with widespread pain and fatigue and is a must for each clinician. Furthermore, developing a biological understanding of these conditions, pave the way to understand the evidence for treatments such as education, exercise, pacing, graded exposure and more. This presentation is a must for clinicians working with widespread pain and fatigue.


Adriaan earned both an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree 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 20 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, Certified Pain Specialist and has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Adriaan completed his Ph.D. on pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group – an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. Adriaan is the Program Director of the Therapeutic Pain Specialist and Pain Science Fellowship post -graduate program for Evidence in Motion.


Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to: Analyze how common faulty cognitions impact pain and disability in people with pain

Recognize the evidence supporting pain neuroscience education for people in pain

Integrate the latest neuroscience of pain into clinical reasoning in people with persistent pain

Explain to a patient how the body’s alarm system, the nervous system, becomes increasingly sensitive; how it impacts function and how therapy can help

Develop a biological and physiological understanding of widespread pain and fatigue

Be able to use pain neuroscience education to help patients develop a greater understanding of their pain experience

Apply concepts, treatments and examples from the presentation into immediate clinical application


7:00 - 8:00 Registration

8:00 - 8:30 Cognitions, beliefs and pain

8:30 - 9:15 The evolution and evidence of teaching people about pain

9:15 - 10:00 The neuroscience of pain

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 10:45 The neuroscience of pain (cont.)

10:45 - 11:30 . How to teach people about pain

11:30 - 12:00 Pain education combined with pacing graded exposure and movement

12:00-1:00 Lunch provided

1:00 1:30 Epidemiology and etiology of widespread pain and fatigue disorders

1:30 1:45 Current medical management of widespread pain and fatigue disorders

1:45 2:00 Review: Current best-evidence for the treatment of widespread pain and fatigue disorders

2:00 3:00 The neuroscience of widespread pain and fatigue disorders

3:00 3:15 Break

3:15 4:15 Assessment for and treatment with pain neuroscience education

4:15 5:00 PNE + for widespread pain and fatigue disorders: Goal setting, sleep disorders, exercise, movement and more

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Written notice of cancellation is required.

Refund minus $50 processing fee provided for requests prior to March 8, 2019.

No refunds available for cancellations received after March 8, 2019.

Earn 7.5 contact hours. Arcadia University is an approved sponsor for contact hours in PA and NY. Pending approval by the State Boards of NJ, and DE.

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