Chronic pain tidal wave after COVID-19
Are you ready?
COVID Israeli Physiotherapy Association
It is well established that the there is a global pain epidemic. As we watch the COVID pandemic unfold, serious question arises: How will this impact chronic pain? How will this impact clinicians treating chronic pain? The “pain world” is holding its breath as we brace for the impact of social isolation, depression, decreased physical movement, immune compromise and overall personal and societal suffering. We know that infections trigger various pain mechanisms, and the current environment is wrought with anxiety-producing circumstances, further sensitizing individuals’ nervous systems. The experts agree that a post-COVID chronic pain tsunami is coming, adding to the already profound challenge of treating chronic pain. Are you prepared? In this webinar, Dr. Adriaan Louw will discuss various aspects related to post-COVID chronic pain, focusing on biological/physiological and psychosocial aspect of pain as it relates to COVID. Furthermore, he will discuss what rehabilitation professionals should focus on in terms of examination and treatment of these patients. One thing is clear – they’re coming, and providers of non-pharmacological pain services must be prepared. The good news is that various cognitive treatments (i.e., pain neuroscience education) along with various immune-buffering treatments such as exercise, sleep hygiene, pacing, goal setting, mindfulness, etc., position rehabilitation as the first-choice in people with chronic pain.
Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD
Adriaan earned his undergraduate, master’s degree and PhD in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 25 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He has authored and co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Adriaan completed his Ph.D. on pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group – an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. Adriaan is a senior faculty and vice-president of faculty experience for Evidence in Motion.