This 2 day/15-hour class is designed to update attendees on the latest evidence and clinical application of pain neuroscience education (PNE) for patients in pain. Current best evidence has shown that neuroscience educational strategies utilizing neurobiology and neurophysiology are able to reduce pain, increase function, reduce fear and catastrophizing, and improve movement and change cognitions and brain activation during pain experiences. PNE changes patient beliefs regarding their pain, thus reducing the threat of pain. This class will discuss the evolution of PNE, why PNE is needed in medicine and rehabilitation and, more importantly, the clinical application and implementation of PNE for patients with acute, sub-acute and chronic pain. Special features include various metaphors, images, examples and case studies utilizing PNE in patients experiencing pain. In addition, the class will cover the emerging clinical concept of PNE+ – PNE plus various behavioural strategies to ease pain, improve function and obtain goals. PNE+ covered in this class includes exercise, pacing, graded exposure, sleep hygiene, goal setting, coping strategies, meditation and mindfulness and more. This course will teach attendees how cognitive (PNE) strategies, along with the various behavioural techniques (PNE+) fit within the current best-evidence approach for treating pain, especially chronic pain. Finally, the course will delve into various important clinical application issues pertaining to billing, time-management, documentation, multi- and interdisciplinary approaches and more. This will enhance attendee’s ability to implement PNE into various current clinical settings. This class is a must for all healthcare providers dealing with patients in pain.
Upon completion of this class, attendees will:
1. Discuss the latest evidence for pain neuroscience education
2. Demonstrate the clinical ability to apply pain neuroscience education to clinical practice with the use of at least one metaphor shared in class
3. List at least half of the output systems discussed in class and their response in a patient experiencing chronic pain
4. List potential strategies to implement pain neuroscience into clinic practice regarding time, staff, billing and traditional therapeutic treatments
5. Design a treatment plan for a patient with chronic pain based on output system dysfunctions with correct pain neurophysiological reasoning behind the treatment with information provided in the course
Audience: Open to all healthcare professionals. No prerequisites required.
Hours: Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm ET / Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm ET (Toronto)