This session will be focused on the role that clinician understanding and patient education about pain processing have on effective pain treatment. An understanding of the basic concepts of neuroplasticity, central sensitization, and the complexities of chronic pain are integral clinician tools. The clinician, armed with this information can harness language, use stories, analogies, and images to teach these concepts to patients in a way that is understandable and relevant to their daily experiences and pain story. This approach begins to break the cycle of pain as well as improve patient insight and personal investment in treatment and recommendations. This course is designed to provide simple clinical tools, whether clinicians have 2 minutes or 60 minutes, to begin to redirect focus to functional performance rather than pain scores and to active rather than passive strategies.
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe the current models of pain processing related to acute vs chronic pain, nociception, central sensitization, and the role of stress and environment on pain.
- Communicate basic pain science concepts using non-threatening and relatable language and teaching methods.
- Identify a minimum of two new methods or approaches they can apply to the treatment of people with pain.