Teaching Patients About Pain: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education

April 13, 2016



This is a closed course. Registrations are not being accepted. 

Pain is complex and new paradigms of pain, i.e., neuromatrix, nerve sensitivity, endocrine and immune responses to pain and neuroplasticity has opened various exciting non-pharmacological options in the treatment of pain. One such approach is altering what patients think and believe about their pain. It is well established that patients often have faulty beliefs regarding pain, which in turn may increase fear, catastrophization, pain and disability. The paradox is that patients are interested in pain; especially how pain works. Growing evidence supports that teaching patients more about the neurophysiology and biology of pain allows for decreased pain, increased movement and function, various decreased psychometric measurements and higher compliance with therapy. This lecture, based on the latest neuroscience view of pain, aims to help healthcare providers update their knowledge of pain. Furthermore, the lecture will expose healthcare providers to a newly designed therapeutic neuroscience education language used in various research projects and clinical practice with the aim to help patients achieve success. This session is a must for all healthcare providers dealing with people….in pain.


12:30 pmCognitions, Beliefs, and Pain
1 pmThe Evolution and Evidence of Teaching People About Pain
1:45 pmThe Neuroscience of Pain
2:30 pmBreak
2:45 pmThe Neuroscience of Pain (Cont.)
3:15 pmHow to Teach People About Pain
4 pmPain Education Combined with Pacing, Graded Exposure, and Movement

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  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.


imageimageAdriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT
CEO, International Spine & Pain Institute 

Dr. Louw, co-founder and CEO of ISPI, earned both an undergraduate as well as a 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. Adriaan 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, Adriaan 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 Ph.D. which centers on therapeutic neuroscience education and spinal disorders.

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Louw indicated he is a publisher and receives royalties from OPTP (fitness equipment manufacturer). 

Continuing Education Credit

  • 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 the International Spine and Pain Institute. 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 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AOA Category 2-A CME credits.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 4.8 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


International Spine and Pain Institute
PO Box 232
Story City, IA 50248


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 4.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 4.80 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/13/2016 - 12:30pm CDT
Event ends: 
04/13/2016 - 4:45pm CDT
Northern New England
White River Junction, VA
United States

Available Credit

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


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