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Talking to Patients About Pain: We Need to do Better

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Date Published

May 28, 2020


Ohio Physical Therapy Association


Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Nocebo, Placebo


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Pain has become a hot topic in the physical therapy profession as the APTA has pushed the #ChoosePT campaign to promote physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) as front-line providers to deal with pain at multiple different stages. The problem with this initiative is that many PTs/PTAs do not feel confident, or at times comfortable discussing pain with their patients. While it is important to understand the science behind the pain experience, including identifying different types of pain; what is equally important is translating that knowledge into the clinic.

This course is designed to better clinicians' understanding of what pain is, including the understanding that it is an output produced by the pain (an emotion) rather than a sensation. This course is further designed to help providers understand the importance of discussing pain with their patients related to outcomes, as well as understand how to discuss pain with their patients using clinical examples that the patients can understand.

Upon completion of the course, the attendee will:

  1. Understand what pain is, how it is produced, and different types of pain which can be experienced.
  2. Understand the effects our words have on patient outcomes related to pain including the Role of Placebo and Nocebo effects when discussing pain with our patients.
  3. Understand research regarding patient perception and role of education on pain management.
  4. Learn clinical examples to be utilized with patients to strengthen efficacy of pain education.

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Damian Keter, PT, DPT, OCS

Damian Keter PT, DPT, OCS, earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2013 and is currently enrolled... Read More

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How to Attend

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