Pain Neuroscience Education for Medical Providers

Bloomington, MN US
April 23, 2022

This is a closed course, and registrations aren't being accepted. 

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists


Upon completion of this course, learners will have a working knowledge of this emerging treatment, can immediately implement PNE strategies in clinical care, and build a more comprehensive relationship with rehabilitation providers using PNE and PNE+ with patients experiencing pain. 

Educational Need

With high rates of chronic pain and the opioid epidemic, various strategies are being explored to help patients with chronic pain. In the last 20 years, pain neuroscience education (PNE) emerged in rehabilitation as an evidence-based, clinically applicable approach to help people with chronic pain. PNE aims to teach patients more about the underlying biology and physiology of their pain experience, using metaphors, examples, and images. To date, a dozen meta-analyses and systematic reviews have shown strong evidence for PNE to positively influence pain ratings, disability scores, limited movement, fear-avoidance, pain catastrophization, and healthcare utilization. 

Additionally, when PNE is combined with behavioral and movement-based treatments (PNE+), it yields even superior results. PNE literature is now becoming commonplace in medical journals, and it is proposed that ideally, all healthcare providers would collectively use PNE to provide evidence-based, multidisciplinary care for people with chronic pain. First, this lecture aims to update medical providers on the evolution and evidence of PNE, to allow for a working knowledge of this emerging treatment. Second, attendees will be taught ways to use and immediately implement PNE strategies in clinical care and build a more comprehensive relationship with rehabilitation providers using PNE and PNE+ with patients experiencing pain, especially chronic pain. 


  • Recognize how pain neuroscience education emerged as a biopsychosocial approach in contrast to prevailing biomedical models.
  • Develop an understanding of the current evidence for pain neuroscience education for various clinical conditions.
  • Develop a working knowledge of pain neuroscience education as a medical provider in daily clinical practice.
  • Enhance interdisciplinary approaches to pain management with rehabilitation professionals.
  • Apply the presentation's information, content, and strategies to clinical practice.


8:00 amThe Pain and opioid epidemic fueled by the biomedical model
8:30 amThe evolution and evidence of pain neuroscience education
9:00 amUpdate on the neuroscience of pain
10:00 amBreak    
10:15 amTeaching patients about pain
11:15 amPain neuroscience education for medical providers
12:15 pmAdjourn


    Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

    Dr. Lowe earned an undergraduate and a master’s degree in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University, South College, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Dr. Lowe has taught throughout the US and internationally for 20 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science, and medical conferences. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist and Certified Pain Specialist and has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Dr. Lowe completed his Ph.D. in pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group – an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. Adriaan is the Program Director of the Therapeutic Pain Specialist and Pain Science Fellowship post-graduate program for Evidence In Motion.


    • Siddall  B,  Ram  A,  Jones  MD,  Booth  J,  Perriman  D,  Summers  SJ.  Short-term impact of combining pain neuroscience  education with exercise for chronic musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain. 2021. 
    • Romm MJ, Ahn S, Fiebert I, Cahalin LP. A Meta-Analysis of Therapeutic Pain Neuroscience Education, Using Dosage and  Treatment Format as Moderator Variables. Pain Pract. 2021;21(3):366-380. 
    • Louw  A,  Sluka  KA,  Nijs  J,  Courtney  CA,  Zimney  K.  Revisiting the Provision  of  Pain  Neuroscience  Education:  An Adjunct  Intervention for Patients but a Primary Focus of Clinician Education. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2021;51(2):57-59. 
    • Agarwal V, Louw A, Puentedura EJ. Physician-Delivered Pain Neuroscience Education for Opioid Tapering: A Case Report. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(9). 
    • Wood L, Hendrick PA. A systematic review and meta-analysis of pain neuroscience education for chronic low back pain: Short-and long-term outcomes of pain and disability. Eur J Pain. 2019;23(2):234-249. 
    • Watson JA, Ryan CG, Cooper L, et al. Pain Neuroscience Education for Adults With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Pain. 2019. 
    • Louw A, Vogsland R, Marth L, Marshall P, Cox T, Landers M. Interdisciplinary Pain Neuroscience Continuing Education in the Veterans Affairs. Clin J Pain. 2019;35(11). 
    • Louw  A,  Puentedura  EJ,  Reed  J,  Zimney  K,  Grimm  D,  Landers  MR.  A  controlled clinical trial of preoperative  pain neuroscience education for patients about to undergo total knee arthroplasty. Clin Rehabil. 2019:269215519857782. 
    • Malfliet A, Kregel J, Coppieters I, et al. Effect of Pain Neuroscience Education Combined With Cognition-Targeted Motor Control Training on Chronic Spinal Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Neurol. 2018;75(7):808-817. 
    • Louw  A, Zimney K, Puentedura EJ, Diener I. The Efficacy of Therapeutic Neuroscience Education on Musculoskeletal Pain – A Systematic Review of the Literature. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2016;32(5):332-355. 
    • Louw A, Schmieder A, Peppin E, Farrell K, Zimney K, Maiers N. Can a pain neuroscience education lecture alter treatment choices for chronic pain in physician assistant students? Psychological Disorders and Research. 2020;3(2):1-5. 
    • Zimney  K,  Louw    A,  Johnson  J,  Peppers  S,  Farrell  K.  Effects of  Pain  Science  Education on  Physician  Assistant Students Understanding of Pain and Attitudes and Beliefs about Pain. South Dakota Medical Journal. 2018(November):506-511. 
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 4.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 4.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    04/23/2022 - 8:00am CDT
    Event ends: 
    04/23/2022 - 12:15pm CDT
    TRIA Orthopedic Center
    8100 Northland Drive
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    United States

    Accreditation Statements 

    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 4.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Evidence In Motion, Institute of Health Professions. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 4.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
    • Other: This live activity is designated for 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM


    No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


    The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

    • Blanca Cuellar - Activity Coordinator

    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have a conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. All financial relationships have been mitigated by the accredited provider.

    •  Adriaan Louw, PhD, PT - Activity Director and Speaker
      • Receives author royalties Medbridge and BehaVR
      • Receives publisher royalties from OPTP


    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 healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 4.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 4.00 IBON


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