MPS: Modern Pain Science Online Course


This course focuses on enhancing the participant’s knowledge and understanding of how pain works and how it can impact those affected by it. In addition, an emphasis is placed on the clinical reasoning processes and technical skills related to effective patient communication, clinical management, and pain neuroscience education.

Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTA, ATs

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructional Methods: Recorded lecture, supplemental readings, module quizzes, and final written examination

Course Completion Requirements: must complete entire on-line course including quizzes and written examination and complete the post-course survey

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10 Hour Course

9 CCUs awarded through ProCert

10 CEUs will be offered for Certified Athletic Trainers

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Course Rationale

Chronic pain has become an epidemic in the United States and in many parts of the world. Recent data suggests that between 10%-15% of the population worldwide suffers from chronic widespread pain, with some studies reporting rates as high as 24%. The most recent data from the United States suggests that approximately 11% of the US population suffers from daily chronic pain, with an additional 10% reporting severe pain at some point over a survey period of 3 months. All in all, this suggests that pain significantly affects 1 in 5 persons in the US at any given time. At the same time, data suggests that opioid prescription for those with chronic pain has been consistently on the rise. However, this has correlated with an associated risk of abuse, overdose, and multiple deleterious effects on health and quality of life, and the evidence for long-term effectiveness is lacking. As such, it is crucial that healthcare providers gain a better understanding of pain and how to effectively manage it via more conservative means, and 21st century research has shown promise in the use of several strategies – including pain neuroscience education. This course will enhance the participants knowledge and understanding of pain and equip them to employ modern pain science principles and interventional techniques to help more effectively manage those suffering from pain.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:

  • Implement a collaborative learning approach to advance his or her understanding of pain.
  • Differentiate between centrally driven, nociceptive, and peripheral neuropathic pain, and employ unique strategies to address each.
  • Screen for and address faulty beliefs regarding pain.
  • Screen for and address faulty behaviors such as fear avoidance and catastrophization.
  • Critically appraise the literature regarding the evidence for pain neuroscience education and other strategies to reduce pain.
  • Apply evidence informed principles in the use of communication, educational strategies, and hands-on skills to effectively manage those suffering from pain.
  • Clinically reason how to integrate pain neuroscience education and other pain-focused strategies within the greater context of more traditional conservative management strategies, including the use of manual therapy, exercise, and modalities.


Week 1 ●      Epidemiology and Economic Impact of Chronic Pain, 45 min video

●      Historical Review and Update of the Understanding of Pain, 45 min video

Week 2 ●      Assessing for Neurophysiologic and Neuromusculoskeletal Sources of Pain, 45 min video

●      Assessing for Faulty Beliefs and Behaviors, 45 min video

Week 3 ●      Review of Evidence for Conservative Strategies to Address Pain, 45 min video

●      Review of Evidence for Pain Neuroscience Education, 45 min video

Week 4 ●      Practical Implementation of Pain Neuroscience Education – Part 1, 3 videos 40 min each
Week 5 ●      Practical Implementation of Pain Neuroscience Education – Part 2, 2 videos 45 min each
Week 6 ●      Practical Implementation of Pain Neuroscience Education – Part 3, 2 videos 40 min each

●      PNE Review and Practical Integration with Other Conservative Strategies, 40 min video



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