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Dr. Adriaan Louw PT, PhD, CSMT

Schroeder Auditorium – Sanford

November 3 – 1:30pm – 8:45pm

November 4 – 9:15am – 5:00pm




November 3rd Topics:


  1.  Teaching People about Pain

Pain is complex and new paradigms of pain, i.e., neuromatrix, nerve sensitivity, endocrine and immune responses to pain and neuroplasticity has opened various exciting non-pharmacological options in the treatment of pain. One such approach is altering what patients think and believe about their pain. It is well established that patients often have faulty beliefs regarding pain, which in turn may increase fear, catastrophization, pain and disability. The paradox is that patients are interested in pain; especially how pain works. Growing evidence supports that teaching patients more about the neurophysiology and biology of pain allows for decreased pain, increased movement and function, various decreased psychometric measurements and higher compliance with therapy. This lecture, based on the latest neuroscience view of pain, aims to help healthcare providers update their knowledge of pain. Furthermore, the lecture will expose healthcare providers to a newly designed pain neuroscience education language used in various research projects and clinical practice with the aim to help patients achieve success. This session is a must for all healthcare providers dealing with people….in pain.


  1. Anatomy and Pathology of the Lumbar spine

In recent years, there has been an explosion of knowledge in various physical therapy fields, such as manual therapy, motor control, pain science, etc. With the explosion of the “new” material, many have overlooked the advances in the various “older” areas of therapy, including anatomy. Various advances in basic science, such as anatomy, have significant potential to impact physical therapy. The lecture, focusing on the lumbar spine, is designed to provide the clinician with the skills to diagnose common lumbar spine pathologies, recognize subjective and objective signs and symptoms of common lumbar spine pathologies, determine the necessary precautions and contraindications and design comprehensive treatment protocols, including manual therapy, exercise, pain science, neurodynamics, motor control and more. The material covered in this lecture is immediately applicable in the clinic. Topics include common conditions such as disc lesions, nerve root pain, facet joint injuries, aging, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and more. Treatments covered include pain neuroscience education, joint mobilization, traction, neural tissue mobilization, soft tissue treatment, spinal stabilization, sensorimotor retraining and more.


November 4th Topics: 


  1.  A Pain Science Approach to Headaches

Headaches are very prevalent and marred with a complicated hierarchy of classification. Current best-evidence classifies headaches as cervicogenic, tension-type or migraine, with various sub-classifications. Unbeknownst to many, physical therapists are ideally suited to treat a large proportion of patients struggling with headaches. To develop an updated working knowledge of headaches, clinicians need an update in pain science. Various neurophysiological processes underlie the development, maintenance and treatment of headaches, including the relay function of the trigeminal cervical nucleus, development of hyperalgesia and allodynia, photo and phono phobia, referred pain, etc. The examination portion of the lecture will discuss headache classifications, identifying subjective clusters to classify headaches and using this information to develop a comprehensive physical examination. Tests and treatments discussed include pain neuroscience education, graded motor imagery, sensory discrimination, neurodynamics, manual therapy, soft tissue treatment, trigger point therapy, sensorimotor retraining and more.


  1. Perioperative Neuroscience Education     

The perioperative period is filled with stress, anxiety and fear. All of these psychosocial factors have been associated with poor outcomes. From a neuroscience perspective, the perioperative period is associated with a hypervigilant nervous system. This heightened state of the nervous system and various psychosocial issues have been the target of various perioperative interventions for more than a quarter of a century, including preoperative education, pre-emptive analgesia, etc. The culmination of this work is the routine preoperative education classes given to patients prior to surgery. From an orthopedic perspective, preoperative education is most prevalent in total knee and total hip arthroplasties. To date, however, three systematic reviews have shown no postoperative benefit to these programs in regards to postoperative pain, range of motion, length of hospital stay and function. Emerging pain neuroscience research has shown that these educational models fail partly due to a heavy focus on procedural and anatomical education, with little to no attention being given to pain-specific education. A newly designed preoperative pain neuroscience education program has shown that teaching patients more about pain prior to surgery leads to various positive outcomes including significant decrease is healthcare utilization after surgery, patient satisfaction and more. This class aims to introduce attendees to the development of the preoperative neuroscience education session, the content, delivery methods and clinical application of such a program for lumbar surgery, total knee arthroplasty and shoulder surgery perspective.


CREDITS:  6 hours each day or 12 total                                  



Dr. Adriaan Louw, co-founder and CEO of ISPI, earned both an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree in research and spinal surgery rehabilitation from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a guest lecturer/adjunct faculty at Rockhurst University, St. Ambrose University and the University Of Las Vegas Nevada. In addition, he maintains a clinical practice and is co-owner of The Ortho Spine and Pain Clinic in Story City, Iowa.

Dr. Adriaan Louw has been teaching postgraduate, spinal manual therapy and pain science classes throughout the US and internationally for 15 years. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist through ISPI. In addition, Adriaan has presented at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences and has authored and co-authored articles, books and book chapters related to spinal disorders and pain science. Recently, Adriaan completed his Ph.D. which centers on therapeutic neuroscience education and spinal disorders.





Friday______November 3, 2017

1:00 pm                       Registration

1:30-8:45 pm              Adriann Louw course (supper provided onsite at 5PM)


Saturday        November 4, 2017

7:15-8:00 am              Registration for Evidence in Motion Course-Breakfast on your own

8-6pm                          Evidence in Motion course

7:45-8:30 am              Registration for Adriann Louw Course –Breakfast on your own

8:30 – 5:15 pm           Adriann Louw course

12-2 pm                       Business Meeting and State Award Presentations

            Lunch noon – provided onsite for course and/or business meeting participants


Sunday           November 5, 2017

7:15-8 am       Course Check In - Breakfast on your own

8-5 pm Evidence in Motion course               

12 pm              Lunch – provided onsite




A block of rooms is reserved at the Country Inn & Suites located at 200 E 8th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 for $109/night. 605-373-0153.   Please request the “SD Physical Therapy Association” grouping. The room block with this special rate expires 10/02/17.  Call early for reservations!




SDPTA Cancellation Policy: 


Registration fee, less $35 administrative charge, is refundable if written cancellation is received two weeks prior to program date.  No refunds will be made within two weeks of the program date; however those funds may be transferred to a future SDPTA course.










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