Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science Course

A comprehensive approach to using a traditional biomechanically based practice within a biopsychosocial approach. Course Schedule is here.

Brief Overview

A percentage of this course is based on the Pain Science Workbook and The Treatment Manual Workbook.  Please download if you are interested.

Please find the course outline here.

 

This course teaches the therapist how to teach patients about pain science in a treatment framework that still utilizes specific/corrective exercise, general exercises and manual therapy. Therapists are taught a model of treatment that simplifies the assessment process and the treatment.

 

The biopsychosocial model of pain and injury has been argued as superior to the traditional biomedical approach for more than two decades. However, traditional therapy typically relies on explanations and a clinical reasoning model that is predominantly biomechanics based.  Significant research in the pain neurosciences and biomechanics field often appears to undermine the reasoning and justifications for many of the therapeutic approaches and techniques of the physical therapy profession.  By addressing the both the weaknesses and strengths of the biomechanical approach we can see that treatment can be much simpler, congruent with the cognitive, neuroscience approach and best evidenced based practice.

 

Special topics include therapeutic neuroscience education, assessment and exercise prescription, symptom modification techniques, tendinopathy as a model for persistent pain research and a reconceptualization of manual and exercise therapy that is symptom modification based rather than biomechanically driven.

Course Themes - Simplifying the Physical/Bio Approach

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What can the student expect to come away with from this course?

  • simplified assessment techniques for partitioning the role of biomechanics and therapeutic neuroscience in the treatment of pain and injury
  • interviewing and help with explaining the multifactorial nature of pain for specific cases
  • exercise prescription informed by biomechanics and therapeutic neuroscience
  • simplified manual therapy techniques that are consistent with therapeutic neuroscience and the biomechanics of manual therapy
  • immediate means of applying therapeutic neuroscience to a traditional biomedically based practice
  • confidence in the leaving behind the traditional and outdated biomechanical model of care while learning how to integrate previously learned skills
  • access to patient centred handouts/workbooks (electronic) that reinforce the teachings and approach of the therapist to their patient

Course Content

The course attempts to address a series of a clinical questions that both patients and practitioners pose. By addressing clinical questions in an interactive lecture format the student will learn practical means of addressing these questions with their patients as well as the thought process and literature used to arrive at a defensible answer. This is primarily done through rapid case scenarios and examples. Hands on and practical components are mixed with interactive discussion based lectures.

All students are provided with access to an electronic google drive folder that has years of courses notes, papers, lectures, special lectures, jpegs everything.  You get lifetime access to this folder as the course gets updated through the years.

 

Clinical Questions and Topics

Course Overview: An alternative to the kinesiopathological model of pain and movement dysfunction

  • a critique outlining the limitations of the traditional biomechanical model of therapy.
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  • Topics included:
    • discussions on the kinesiopathological model of dysfunction. Reconciling current beliefs with the evidence
    • why comprehensive capacity, load tolerance and movement preparation trump movement ideals/quality
    • How graded exposure and exploiting human adaptability is a better model for rehabilitation
  • The importance of clinical explanations in pain resolution: how the traditional biomechanical model can be adapted to help our patients

 

 Salvaging best practice

  • The antidote is the anecdote: how to teach pain neuroscience to patients
  • How to explain common clinical diagnoses and aches and pains to your patients consistent with best practice and therapeutic neuroscience. Explain the mechanisms of pain helps support and rationalize that therapeutic solution that we offer.
  • Symptom Modification Techniques: how symptom and sensitivity modification is informed by current techniques.  We distill the common elements from different techniques to present a simplified and effective treatment approach
  • Just load it! The importance graded exposure in all pain and injury conditions
  • When Biomechanics Matters: biomechanics is still important but should fit within the biopsychosocial framework.
  • Comprehensive Capacity: why traditional “corrective exercise” and kinematic ideals fall short in pain resolution and injury management. An simpler alternative is supplied based on the person's ability to adapt.
  • The Tendon Loading Model of Rehabilitation and its application to common clinical disorders an evidence based approach to understanding pain and rehabilitating common conditions
  • Graded Exposure and resuming life roles:  how movement dosage, movement behaviour modifications, explaining pain, resuming life roles is the key to building robust, confident patients
  • Reconceptualizing Manual Therapy: Using touch, guided movements, novelty, contractions and 3D movement exploration to fine tune existing manual therapy techniques. This section will also simplify manual therapy based on the current research.

Case Study Applications

A series of case studies will be used throughout the course to illustrate all concepts