Revisiting the Provision of Pain Neuroscience Education: An Adjunct Intervention for Patients but a Primary Focus of Clinician Education

Adriaan Louw, Kathleen A Sluka, Jo Nijs, Carol A Courtney, Kory Zimney

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Abstract

Society is mired in a serious health care crisis regarding pain and opioid abuse. Pain neuroscience education (PNE) has gained support in the last 20 years as an intervention to help people manage chronic pain. In this Viewpoint, we argue that exercise and movement must be the primary intervention for chronic pain conditions, and that PNE or other adjunctive therapies should only be used if they can foster increased exercise and movement participation. Pain education should be the primary focus of a chronic pain management strategy for students and clinicians. It would help to advance knowledge and skills, and ultimately enhance care and outcomes for patients with chronic pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

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