International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI) in partnership with Evidence In Motion (EIM), has designed a unique learning opportunity for PT’s and PTA’s to advance top of mind awareness to choose PT first.

Pain is complex. New paradigms of pain such as neuromatrix, nerve sensitivity, endocrine and immune responses to pain and neuroplasticity have opened various exciting non-pharmacological options in the treatment of pain. One such approach is altering what patients think and believe about their pain. It is well established that patients often have faulty beliefs regarding pain, which consequently may increase fear, catastrophization, pain and disability. The paradox is that patients are interested in pain as well as how pain works.

Growing evidence supports that teaching patients more about the neurophysiology and biology of pain allows for decreased pain, increased movement and function, various decreased psychometric measurements and higher compliance with therapy. This online self-paced, self-study series of lectures, based on the latest neuroscience view of pain, aims to help health care providers update their knowledge of pain and apply is clinically today.


This course is delivered in an interactive and media-rich online environment, consisting of four 45-minute videos, four articles (one for each session) and full-color handouts complimenting the video presentations. An online post-test is used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test.

Target Audience: Beginner and intermediate level course open to licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants

Credits: 6 contact hours from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

ISPI Program Applicability:  None

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: Not applicable


Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Analyze how common faulty cognitions impact pain and disability in people with pain
  2. Justify the need to carefully reanalyze the use of biomedical information to educate patients about pain
  3. Recognize the evidence supporting pain neuroscience education for people in pain
  4. Integrate the latest neuroscience of pain into clinical reasoning in people with persistent pain
  5. Verify how neuroscience education uses metaphors, examples and pictures in an easy-to-understand format for people in pain
  6. Explain to a patient how the body’s alarm system, the nervous system, becomes increasingly sensitive; how it impacts function and how therapy can help
  7. Apply concepts, treatments and examples from the class into immediate clinical application into your practice immediately