Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Teaching People About Pain
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4/1/2017 to 4/2/2017
When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:00 AM
Where: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY 
United States
Contact: Kelsey Jendrusch

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Course Presenter: Kory Zimney, PT, DPT, CSMT


Course Description:

This 2 day/15 hour class is designed to update attendees on the latest evidence and clinical application of therapeutic neuroscience education 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 catastrophization, and improve movement and change cognitions and brain activation during pain experiences. Therapeutic neuroscience education changes patient beliefs regarding their pain, thus reducing the threat of pain. This class will discuss the evolution of therapeutic neuroscience education, why neuroscience education is needed in physical therapy and, more importantly, the clinical application and implementation of therapeutic neuroscience education for patients with acute, sub-acute and chronic pain. Special features include various metaphors, images, examples and case studies explaining neuroscience to patients in pain. In addition, the class will cover clinical issues such as compliance, pacing exercise and activity, incorporation of therapeutic neuroscience education with traditional movement based therapy, billing and insurance reimbursement concerns and delivering therapeutic neuroscience education in busy, time-constrained clinical environments. This class is a must for all therapists dealing with patients in pain.


Course Agenda:

Day 1: 8AM – 6PM

8:00 – 8:15       What is Therapeutic Neuroscience Education?

8:15 – 9:15       Our Patient and Our Reasoning

9:15 – 10:00      Examining Cognitions and Pain

10:00 – 10:15    Break

10:15 – 11:00    Education Patients

11:00 – 12:30    Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Nociception and Pain

12:30 – 1:30      Break

1:30 – 3:00       Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Neuropathic Pain

3:00 – 4:15       Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Central Sensitivity

4:15 – 4:30       Break

4:30 – 6:00       Identifying and Classifying: Pain Mechanisms


Day 2: 8AM – 4PM

8:00 – 8:15       Words that Harm and Words that Heal

8:15 – 10:00      Clinical Application: Step-by-Step education for patients in pain

10:00 – 10:15    Break

10:15 – 11:00    Clinical Application: Step-by-Step education for patients in pain (cont).

11:00 – 12:00    Identifying and Problem Solving Clinical Issues: Time, duration, billing, other therapy, duration, frequency and more…

12:00 – 1:00      Lunch

1:00 – 2:00       Therapy for Pain: Exercise, Movement and more…

2:00-2:30        Goal Setting

2:30 – 2:45       Break

2:45 – 4:00       Case Study: “Everything Hurts; Nothing helps” – putting it all together

3:30 – 4:00       Assessment of Case Studies


Course Costs: $475.00

This course has been approved for 18 continuing education hours by NYPTA. 


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