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Online 3-Week Pain Neuroscience Education


Contact Hours: 16.5 Contact Hours

Length: 3 Weeks (ONLINE ONLY)

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This course is for clinicians who are looking to obtain CEU hours through a world-class learning experience that can transform how you care for patients who are in pain. Each learner will have access to exclusive live discussions with instructors after your session.

Course Description

The goal of this 3-week online course is to teach clinicians how to integrate Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) into their clinical practice. Current best evidence has shown that neuroscience educational strategies utilizing neurobiology and neurophysiology can reduce pain, increase function, reduce fear and catastrophization, improve movement and change cognitions, and brain activation in people during pain experiences. This class will cover the evolution of PNE, explain why neuroscience education is needed in physical therapy, and teach the foundations of pain neurobiology and neurophysiology. More importantly, participants will learn how to apply and implement PNE within their practice for patients with acute, sub-acute, and chronic pain.

Course Objectives/Outcomes

Upon completion of this course a successful learner will integrate pain neuroscience education into their clinical practice. They should also be able to:

  • Discuss the need for pain neuroscience education in their clinical practice
  • Identify factors in their current patient population that may contribute to driving a patient toward the fear or recovery pathway in the Fear-Avoidance Model by Vlayen, et al.
  • Discuss the latest evidence for pain neuroscience education
  • Identify a clinical scenario in their practice where they had to adjust the level of education to meet the patient/client where they were at and describe how they adjusted their communication.
  • Describe in words what they will say to a patient to teach them that pain is an output rather than an input using the Mature Organism Model from Louis Gifford.
  • Articulate an empathetic discussion with a patient/client related to how a “threat” or stressor can influence the pain experience when provided a clinical scenario.
  • Outline a brief clinical case scenario of a current or past patient/client in which they believe the issue is/was likely driven by a change in ion channel distribution.
  • Explain to a patient/client the role of ion channels in their pain experience
  • Explain to a patient/client how/why pain spreads
  • Explain to a patient/client that tissue issues are only part of their pain experience
  • Discuss how to safeguard their PNE story/message to make sure their patient/client doesn’t jump to the conclusion that their pain is made up
  • List potential strategies to implement therapeutic neuroscience into clinic practice regarding time, staff, billing and traditional therapeutic treatments
  • Describe to their patient/client how pacing and graded exposure is the key to recovery when provided a patient scenario.
  • Extend key concepts of pain neuroscience education to clinical practice with the use of at least one metaphor shared in class


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  • Why EIM

    We’re reimagining health care education that takes you to the next next level. With learning that takes place where you are, evidence-based practice, and better outcomes for your patients, our education is transformative. That’s why EIM.

  • The course really gave me an entirely new perspective on how to approach chronic pain management. Course Graduate

  • I highly recommend the course as an introduction to the modern approach to treating chronic pain. It will completely revolutionize our approach in my clinic. Course Graduate


CEU and Cancellation Policy

If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation, please contact us here. We will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner. For more information please see the Accommodation Procedures for Disabled Participants.

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