Registration Fee

Tuition: $395

A Guide to Classifying Pain Course

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to apply the principles directly into their clinical practice.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate subjective and objective clinical characteristics in nociceptive, peripheral neurogenic, central sensitization, affective and autonomic/motor pain mechanisms.
  • Classify dominant pain mechanism and prescribe patient education and active care intervention to musculoskeletal and neurological patients.
  • Objectively score patient rated outcome measures using validated outcomes tools.
  • Effectively communicate pain education within a group model.
  • Effectively evaluate and treat Peripheral Nervous System, Neurodynamic, and Central Nervous System Sensorimotor Dysfunctions.

Course Description

This two-day overview course covers information critical to the assessment, clinical reasoning and treatment of patients with Musculoskeletal Pain. Clinicians will learn how to assess and diagnosis pain mechanisms as it relates to the dominant Peripheral and Central Nervous System Mechanisms. A Pain Mechanism Classification System (PMCS) will be introduced, discussed and applied to multiple pain case studies or live patient demonstrations. Peripheral Nervous System Neurodynamic Evaluation and Treatment will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced for Peripheral Neurogenic Pain Mechanisms including spasticity management. Central Nervous System (CNS) sensory and motor evaluation tests, patient rated outcome measures, psychometrics tools and treatment strategies will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced for all CNS pain mechanisms.

Course outline

8:00 am Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:20 Course Introduction: Musculoskeletal Pain Lessons
8:30 Lecture: Risk Factor Assessment for Musculoskeletal Pain – A collaboration of classification systems – Introduce Yellow Flag Risk Form
9:15 Lecture: Pain Continuum - Pain Mechanism Classification System (PMCS) – Definitions – Similarities with other Classification Systems (ie MDT, TBC, MSI, etc)
9:45 BREAK
10:00 Lecture: Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) Pain Mechanisms Subgroups Subjective, Objective Characteristics - Similarities with other Classification Systems (ie MDT, TBC, MSI, etc)
10:45 Lecture: PNS Patient Education and Active Care Intervention
11:15 Lecture: Peripheral Neurogenic Pain Mechanism (PNPM) Objective Neurodynamic Evaluation
12:0 LUNCH
1:00 Lecture: PNPM Spasticity/ Tone Objective Characteristics and Sub Grouping for the Neurologically Impaired patient
1:30 Workshop: Neurodynamic Evaluation Upper and Lower Limb Active Tests
2:00 Lecture: Peripheral Neurogenic Pain Mechanism Intervention MSK & Neuro
3:30 BREAK
3:45 Case Studies or Live Patient Demonstration: PNS
4:30 Case Studies or Live Patient Demonstration: Peripheral Neurogenic Pain Mechanism
5:30 ADJOURN
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Lecture: You don’t get pain without a brain
8:30 Lecture: Central Nervous System (CNS) Subgroups Subjective and Objective Characteristics
9:00 Lecture: CNS Spasticity/ Tone Objective Characteristics and Sub Grouping for the Neurologically Impaired patient
9:30 Workshop: Psychometric Testing / Scoring – Yellow Flag Risk Form clinicians guide to education, FABQ, PASS, PHQ-9, Readiness questionnaire
10:15 BREAK
10:30 Words Workshop: Patient Pain Education
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Case studies or live patient demonstration: CNS Pain Mechanisms CS, Affect, A/M
2:00 Lecture: CNS Mechanisms patient education and active care intervention (MSK & Neuro)
2:30 Lecture: CNS Sensory and Motor Evaluation Objective Tests Demonstration: CNS left / right Discrimination - Spine and extremity
3:00 Workshop: CNS Sensory and Motor Objective tests
4:00 Summary of Pain Mechanisms – Lamp Analogy
4:15 Questions / Answers
5:30 ADJOURN