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Research: Preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education for Shoulder Surgery

August 14, 2020 • Pain Science • Adriaan Louw

Recent research from the EIM pain science team is published in the South African Journal of Physiotherapy. Their study examined how patients responded to pain neuroscience education (PNE) prior to shoulder surgery.

Here are some key takeaways:

  • Patients received a 30-minute, one-on-one PNE session prior to surgery
  • There was a significant reduction in fear-avoidance before surgery
  • There was a significant improvement in active flexion before surgery
  • Patients showed a significant increase in pressure-pain threshold on the shoulder having surgery
  • Conclusion: Preoperative PNE may be beneficial for a sub-group of patients undergoing shoulder surgery

You can read the full paper here, or access it online here.

South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 76, No 1 | a1417 | DOI: | © 2020 Adriaan Louw, Debra Rico, Leigh Langerwerf, Nicholas Maiers, Ina Diener, Terry Cox | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 2020 | Published: 11 August 2020

Adriaan Louw

A physical therapist with 28 years of experience, Adriaan first became interested in chronic pain when he realized the models he was taught in school were ineffective. He has dedicated his career to changing the way pain is talked about and treated, in order to provide the best care for every patient. Current Roles: Vice-President...

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