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 Upcoming Event
Teaching People About Pain: Understanding and Addressing Pain in Health Care
September 6, 2014
Registration begins at 8:00am
Anschutz Medical Campus
Education 2 North, room 2104
13120 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045
Parking: Georgetown lot 
Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT
Co-Owner – The Ortho Spine and Pain Clinic
Co-founder and CEO of the International Spine & Pain Institute

Pain is complex and interesting to patients.  New paradigms of pain (i.e. neuromatrix, nerve sensitivity, endocrine and immune responses to pain) and neuroplasticity have pushed physical therapy to the foreground in the treatment of pain. This course aims to show, via a modern understanding of pain, how physical therapy can help patients afflicted with various seemingly disabling pain states. This course will not only teach attendees the evidence of neuroscience education, but a step-by-step clinical application of teaching patients more about pain.   


Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Analyze how common faulty cognitions impact pain and disability in people with pain
  2. Justify the need to carefully reanalyze the use of biomedical information to educate patients about pain
  3. Recognize the evidence supporting neuroscience education for people in pain
  4. Integrate the latest neuroscience of pain into clinical reasoning in people with persistent pain
  5. Verify how neuroscience education uses metaphors, examples and pictures in an easy-to-understand format for people in pain
  6. 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.
  7. Apply concepts, treatments and examples from the class into immediate clinical application
About the Speaker    

Adriaan Louw Biography 

Dr. Louw is the co-founder and CEO of the International Spine & Pain Institute and has taught postgraduate pain science and spinal manual therapy classes throughout the US and internationally for 15 years. In addition, he maintains a clinical practice and is co-owner of The Ortho Spine and Pain Clinic. His recently completed PhD centers on therapeutic neuroscience education and spinal disorders.