A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain Overview

Two-Day Course hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Marquette Challenge Team

Course Dates: September 19th-20th, 2020

To Register: World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain Overview Course

Price: $450 – includes a copy of the course book “A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain”

Continuing Education Units: 14.75

Registration Deadline: August 24th

Location: University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy located at Bridgeside Point at 100 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA

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Course Description: This two-day course introduces information critical to the assessment and treatment of patients with acute, sub-acute and chronic pain. Utilizing pain science research regarding pain mechanisms this course teaches pain clinicians how to classify and treat pain as it relates to the peripheral and central nervous system. A Pain Mechanism Classification System (PMCS) will be introduced and then guide selection of patient education and active care interventions for each pain mechanism. This course highlights a subgrouping method, PMCS, which addresses pain throughout the continuum from acute, subacute and chronic stages covering chemical, structural, mechanical, cognitive, emotional, social, psychological and cortical mechanisms. This course integrates pain science research into a biopsychosocial approach with practical application for patient education and active care interventions. Promoting a common language between pain clinicians of all disciplines and patients. Included in this course, the application of peripheral nervous system neurodynamic evaluation, treatment, and central nervous system sensory and motor evaluation, patient rated outcome measures and psychometric tools outlined by dominant pain mechanism

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Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course, participant should be able to: 1. Briefly differentiate subjective and objective clinical characteristics for nociceptive, peripheral neurogenic, central sensitization, affective and motor / autonomic pain mechanisms. 2. Prescribe pain science patient education per Yellow Flag Risk Form high domain patterns. 3. Understand the need for patient rated outcome measures and psychometric measures for pain. 4. Effectively classify dominating pain mechanisms using PMCS. 5. Effectively prescribe active neurodynamic exercise for peripheral neurogenic pain mechanism, and sensorimotor exercise for motor / autonomic pain mechanism

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Course Instructors

Annie O’Connor, MSPT, OCS, Cert. MDT is Founder and CEO of a World of Hurt, LLC a dedicated consulting, teaching, Telehealth and research company for the application of Pain Mechanism Classification System into MSD clinical practice. In addition, she is Chief Clinical Officer at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. . She is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) of the American Physical Therapy Association and has a Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in the McKenzie Method (Cert. MDT). She teaches nationally and internationally the World of Hurt training courses, a six course training series designed for interdisciplinary application of the PMCS into clinical practice. She lectures nationally and internationally on musculoskeletal pain mechanism classification and intervention, neurodynamic evaluation and treatment, mechanical diagnosis and therapy of spine and extremities, kinetic chain evaluation, functional manual therapy and exercise prescription. She was instrumental in establishing the Pain Mechanism Classification System approach for musculoskeletal pain and neurological spasticity at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Melissa Watson, MSPT, Cert. MDT is Vice President of the World of Hurt, LLC and assistant instructor for the World of Hurt six training courses. She received her Master’s in Physical Therapy and her Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University. Melissa practices at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Burr Ridge Outpatient Center with 17 years of clinical experience in neurological rehabilitation. Melissa is a Master Clinician and certified clinical instructor with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab where she mentors other clinicians and students on their professional and clinical development.

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Intended Audience: Physical and Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Osteopathic, Naturopathic, Medical Doctors, Psychologists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Massage Therapists, Personal Trainers and any other practitioners who are involved in treating pain and suffering.

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COVID-19 Concerns: The health and safety of all course participants, instructors, their families and communities is our top priority. Safety measures following all CDC Guidelines will be in place during the course to limit any risk to our participants. Periodic updates will be provided regarding the status of this course. If it is determined that this course cannot be safely held in person, there are plans in place to deliver this course in a live interactive webinar format on the scheduled date.

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For any questions or concerns regarding this course, please email pittmarquettechallenge@gmail.com

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All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Pitt-Marquette Challenge

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Sorry, but we are unable to to issue refunds

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