The last 15-20 years have seen an explosion in our understanding of pain. Practical Pain Science for the Physical Therapist is a course focused on educating therapists on modern understandings of pain and how to apply it to clinical practice on Monday. An understanding of persistent pain states will be developed so the participant can better be able to educate, assess, and treat the patient suffering from persistent pain.

Day One

8:00  Introductions/Objectives

8:20  Pain History and Theory

9:20 Modern Pain Theory

9:30  Pain from the Peripheral Perspective

9:40  Pain from the Spinal Cord Perspective

10:00  Pain from The Brain’s Perspective

10:30 Break

10:45 Pain Classification

11:00 Neurodynamics

11:30 Neurodynamics  Lab (ULNT1, slump, SLR), nerve palpation,

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 Systemic responses to persistent pain – immune, endocrine, autonomic

1:30 Common conditions – Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CRPS….others

2:00 Examining a sensitive nervous system

3:00 Break

3:15 Psychosocial constructs 

3:45 Getting to know the patient’s story 

4:15 Mock interview 

4:30 Debrief/Discussion/Questions

Day Two

8:00 Introduction to Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) 

8:45  PNE – application to surgery, WAD, widespread pain, hypersensitivity

9:45 Break

10:00  PNE Content Overview – major stories/analogies/case study examples

10:30  PNE Practice

11:30  CBT in pain care

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 Non-specifics/placebo mechanisms/meaning responses of pain care

1:30 Modern Clinical Reasoning

2:00 Modern manual therapy 

2:30 Manual therapy lab 

3:00 Modern therapeutic exercise  

3:30 Therapeutic exercise lab  

4:00 Introduction to Graded Motor Imagery

4:30 Graded Motor Imagery Lab

Online Modules

  • Pain Theory Past and Present
  • Pain Physiology
  • Pain Classification

Live Class Schedule

8:00  Introductions/Objectives
8:15  Recap of Theory, Physiology, and Classification
8:30  Neurodynamics
9:00  Neurodynamics Lab –  Expanding the SLR and ULNT
10:30 Break
10:45 Psychosocial constructs
11:15 Systemic responses and common conditions
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE)
2:00 PNE practice – case scenarios
2:30 Therapeutic exercise in persistent pain
3;00 Exposure-based treatments
3:30 Exposure practice
4:00 Graded activity training – operant conditioning programs


Be able to apply current pain theory to education, assessment, and treatment of patients in pain
Be able to describe both peripheral and central mechanisms that drive physical therapy interventions and use them to your advantage in clinic
Learn how to utilize Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) in your current practice
Gain exposure to cutting edge motor and sensory retraining programs for patients in pain including graded motor imagery
Gain a basic understanding of persistent pain in respect to chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, whiplash associated disorder (WAD)
Be able to describe pain mechanism classifications and how to assess for them in your current patient population
Be able to apply psychologically-informed physical therapy in your practice


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