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Advances in Pain Neuroscience: Know Pain; Know Gain

ProRehab Physical Therapy invites you to attend Advances in Pain Neuroscience: Know Pain; Know Gain.

PRESENTER:  Adriaan Louw, PT, PHD, CEO, International Spine Pain Institute

WHEN:  October, 5, 2016 5:00-7:30pm

WHERE: UofL Health Sciences Center, Ambulatory Care Building – ACB Auditorium, 550 S. Jackson St, Louisville, KY 40202

CME Credits: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits by the University of Louisville Medical School.

Heavy appetizers will be served.

Tuition is free, however registration is required.  Click here to register.

Course Description:

In recent years, pain neuroscience research has increasingly focused on the brain, brain plasticity, central sensitization, immune responses and more. This lecture will focus on two key elements in treating pain: education and movement.

The first part of the lecture will discuss the importance of cognitions, pain and education. It is argued that biomedical models fall short in explaining central sensitization, peripheral sensitization, inhibition, facilitation, neuroplasticity, etc. Emerging research has focused an educational strategy of teaching people more about the biological and physiological processes involved in their pain experience, referred to as pain neuroscience education (PNE).

The second part of the presentation will center on neuroplasticity along with mirror therapy, virtual reality, graded motor imagery and sensor motor retraining. Emerging research has tied hands-on treatment, exercise and movement to brain remapping, enhancement of endogenous mechanisms, graded exposure, cognitive restructuring of threat and more, all of which are very important in a human pain experience.

Ultimately, the combination of education (PNE) and movement has shown significant evidence in helping people with persistent pain and this updated neuroscience lecture will help attendees gain an appreciation for the blend of education, movement and exercise in people struggling with persistent pain.

6:00 – 6:30 Evolution of pain and pain science

6:30 – 7:00 Cognitions, pain, and education

7:00 – 7:30   Pain, movement and exercise