Chronic Pain: How improving the diagnosis allows for better outcomes

Date: 16/06/2018

Location: Whittington Education Centre, London N19

Tel: 020 7263 8551

There is increasingly more evidence challenging the beliefs that structural and biomechanical ‘abnormalities’ are the primary cause of chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as is explained so clearly in Eyal Lederman’s papers, as well as leaders in the field of chronic pain research. Although the evidence is now demonstrating the need to look at far more than the physical symptoms, the research findings are slow to reach the clinical interface which means overall the treatment of chronic pain in the UK is outdated.

The pain science surrounding chronic pain these days much more clearly demonstrates what is going on in the brain with someone who has chronic pain and the findings are that the active areas are focused in the limbic/emotional part of the brain. fMRI studies also demonstrate how anxiety, anticipation of pain, rumination and fear causes an exacerbation of pain, while further studies have clearly linked psychosocial factors (past and present) with not just the onset of pain, but also with acute pain, becoming persistent.

This course will review the evidence base that clearly demonstrates we should be taking far more interest in relevant psychosocial factors related to our clients’ conditions, not just in the exacerbation of pain, but also as the underlying causes, which when identified and addressed can lead to full recovery.

9.30 – 10.45

Current state of affairs and why we need to challenge outdated beliefs about chronic pain

10.45 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30

Stress, priming events, PTSD, triggers and some neurophysiology.

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00

Psychophysiological disorders

15.00 – 15.15

Tea break

15.15 – 16.45

SIRPA’s treatment principles and experiential practice

16.45 – 17.00

Q & A

Georgie will explain the neurophysiology behind this and how the involved neural pathways become sensitized and conditioned and how we can help clients recover using an educational and self-empowering approach. She will also touch on how, through this understanding we can continue our learning to be able to support and guide these clients, whether you are a physical therapist or a psychotherapist.