ISPI Webinar: Preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education

  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Dr. Adriaan Louw CEO, Program Director of ISPI
  • 8:00 PM EDT

Nearly 40% of patients have persistent pain and disability following lumbar surgery, while 20% of patients with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) suffer similarly with persistent pain. Postoperative rehabilitation has shown little efficacy in decreasing postoperative pain and disability and it has been shown that patients are not readily sent to physical therapy after lumbar surgery, but the trend is also now trending in TKA .

Preoperative education has shown some effect in altering anxiety, stressĀ and fear associated with surgery. A newly designed preoperative pain neuroscience education (PNE) program has recently been developed and tested with lumbar surgery, TKA and shoulder surgery. Testing of the preoperative PNE program has shown immediate post-education improvements in fear-avoidance, pain catastrophization, pain knowledge, beliefs and expectations for the surgery, physical movements and reduction of brain activity associated with painful tasks. Upon completion of various randomized clinical trials the physical therapy led preoperative PNE program has shown superior outcomes pertaining to patient satisfaction, but more importantly healthcare utilization for persistent pain at 1 and 3 years after surgery, with an average cost savings of over 30%.

This webinar will introduce attendees to the development of the preoperative PNE program, the content and delivery methods, results and overall clinical application.

Following the education session, we invite you to join Dr. Adriaan Louw, Program Director and CEO of ISPI, as he provides an overview of ISPI’s certification programs: Certified Spinal Manual Therapist; Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification; International Therapeutic Pain Certification and Pain Fellowship. For more information about these courses, go to


Can’t make it? Register for the webinar, and we’ll email you a recording!