Know Pain, Know Gain: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education
This program will discuss the importance of cognitions on pain, function, and physical movement in chronic low back pain patients. Movement and exercise is essential in recovery for chronic pain, but patients in pain are reluctant to move, partly due to a fear of increased injury and/or pain. This fear and related catastrophization is often based on biomedical knowledge assuming pain and injury are the same thing. Neuroscience education aims to help patients reconceptualize their pain and this reconceptualization is associated with significant improvements in cognitions, leading to immediate changes in pain, catastrophization, movement, and function.
Faculty: Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD
This 1-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Recognize the need to alter a patient’s cognitions regarding their pain.
- Develop a greater understanding of why neuroscience education is needed and why it provides superior results compared to biomedical education.
- Combine neuroscience education with movement-based approaches to practices in line with current best-evidence for treating chronic pain.
Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, is the co-founder and CEO of ISPI. He earned both an undergraduate and 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 Las Vegas Nevada. In addition, he maintains a clinical practice and is co-owner of The Ortho Spine and Pain Clinic in Story City, Iowa. Dr. Louw 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, Dr. Louw 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, Dr. Louw completed his PhD, which centers on therapeutic neuroscience education and spinal disorders.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Dr. Louw reports that he receives royalties on books from Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
For questions regarding CME for this activity, you may reach the department of education at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For successful completion of this activity, please complete a pre-test; utilize the audio recordings synched with the presentation slides to review the content, providing answers to your questions as necessary; and complete a post-test and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
This program is accredited for physicians, nurses, and psychologists. All other clinicians can submit the certificate of attendance upon completion of the program to their licensing boards for consideration of credit.
The American Academy of Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Pain Management is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15881 for 1 contact hour.
The American Academy of Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Academy of Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Academy designates this activity for a maximum of 1 CE credit.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Document of Attendance
- 1.00 Nursing Credit