Amsterdam is a wonderful place to go and last year about 5 thousand physiotherapists from all over the world did exactly that – the World Congress on Physiotherapy was a festival de fysio and I for one, had a ball. The official hosting body, the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, has just released many of the topical symposia presentations. We thought we would put ours up on BiM – it is called Teaching people about pain. The session was 1.5 hours long it is condensed here into 111 slides. The bulk of the work was done by David Butler, Mick Thacker and Adriaan Louw. Here is the official synopsis:
Pain is ubiquitous and one of the most common reasons to visit a physiotherapist. There have been huge advances in our understanding of the biology that underpins pain, but clinical practice has on the whole failed to keep up. However, the scope of these new findings regarding pain has led to a reconceptualization of pain biology as well as dramatic advances in therapeutic approaches to pain management, although the delay to reach the clinic is substantial.
This revolution in pain-related knowledge is of fundamental relevance to the practice of physiotherapy around the world. Physiotherapists are ideally resourced and perfectly placed to take a lead role in bringing clinical practice into line with this new conceptualisation, but they must learn about it first. In fact, a growing body of literature clearly shows that when physiotherapists learn about pain, and, crucially, when they teach their patients about pain, more effective treatments ensue.
We contend that new efforts are needed to revitalize pain education – most importantly with an eye to producing measurable improvements for both physiotherapist and patients. This symposium will focus on new models of learning in pain education. Speakers will discuss: the application of conceptual change and health literacy models to patient-oriented pain education; integration of modern pain sciences with post-graduate medical and allied health training and the development and implementation of explaining pain for those embarking on lumbar surgery.
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