Webinar: Pain is Pain – Treat the Patient, not the Label

  • Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Dr. Adriaan Louw, ISPI Founder and Program Director
  • 8:00 PM EDT

Did you miss Adriaan Louw’s Treat the Patient, not the Label talk at CSM 2017? You’re in luck! Catch the education session in a free webinar brought to you by International Spine & Pain Institute (ISPI). Following the talk, Adriaan will provide an overview of ISPI’s certification programs: Certified Spinal Manual Therapist (CSMT) and Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS).

Can’t make it? Register anyway and we’ll send you a recording.


About Pain is Pain:

Apart from the ever-increasing epidemic of chronic pain, physical therapists constantly encounter “new” diagnoses, adding another level of clinical challenge and frustration. The list is extensive and growing and includes fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, non-Celiac gluten sensitivity and more. Neuroscience and neuroimmunology, however, would argue there is an underlying commonality in these “unique” disorders. Pain, along with various biological systems including endocrine, immune, sympathetic, gastrointestinal, motor, etc., are all activated during a stress response and it is now believed that if one system is overprotective, it leads to a certain cluster of common signs and symptoms which gets “labeled” into one of these “new” diagnoses. This emerging understanding of pain provides a glimmer of hope for physical therapy to realize pain is pain. Regardless the label a patient present with, evidence-based treatments such as pain neuroscience education, aerobic exercise, goal setting, graded exposure and more should form the cornerstone of a well-rounded physical therapy treatment for these “different” labels. This lecture will showcase how various biological systems present in line with common “labels” encountered in the clinic, but more importantly how to identify the dominant mechanisms and treatments for each of these “unique” conditions.