Innovative Evidenced-Based Chronic Pain Management for Physiotherapists
PABC and Pain BC are collaborating to build a provincial interdisciplinary network with a common knowledge base in pain management and a desire to lead innovations in prevention and treatment of chronic pain that builds on the success of the Doctors of BC’s Pain Champion process. This one day, in-person course provides knowledge, practical techniques, and the opportunity for PTs to build collaborative relationships. Participants in the course will discuss and practice a comprehensive and explanatory model of pain science. Clinicians will not only learn effective and practical interventions to improve practice success and patients’ functional recovery but will gain strategies to decrease work stress. The course provides opportunity to learn about effective pain management techniques, including interventions such as the analgesia of movement, specific exercise strategies, brain training, cognition targeted exercise therapy, developing a 'pain story,' and program planning for a patient.
Who Should Attend
Physiotherapists interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex and persistent pain.
Learning activities include lecture, case-based group work, PowerPoint presentation, discussion, demonstrations, experiential activities related to problem solving and mechanism classification, and Brief Action Planning.
The program will:
- Introduce a comprehensive pain management model
- Provide a thorough review of the current best evidence pain science
- Increase clinical skills in pain assessment and treatment planning for the patient with a challenging pain presentation
- Integrate research and practice through real clinical examples and relevant case studies
- Explore road blocks to successful treatment and problem-solving
- Develop skills in enhancing treatment effectiveness and functional recovery
- To provide the clinician with a new evidence-based framework to enhance clinical practice, improve patient outcomes, and decrease clinician stress
- To increase the clinician's understanding of how existing clinical tools can be effectively modified to improve outcomes with the patient experiencing pain
- To increase the clinician’s confidence in assessing the patient’s readiness for change, and modifying treatment appropriately to achieve robust clinical outcomes
- To increase the clinician’s understanding of pain self-management and improve their ability to teach pain self-management to their patients.
About the Faculty
Michael Sangster, MBA, PT, Clinical Specialist (Pain Science)
Mike Sangster is a Physiotherapist, Clinical Specialist (Pain Science) and the owner of Think Healthcare. Mike is a graduate of the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy and the Master of Business Administration program and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His primary clinical interests are Pain Management and Global Health. A leader in Physiotherapy practice, Mike is committed to clinical advancement through mentorship, professional practice consulting, and the delivery of rigorously evidenced based seminars and courses. He has provided post-professional training for Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Physiotherapists, and other allied health professionals throughout North America, in Europe, Asia, and South America. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy and a lecturer for the Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management at McGill University. In addition to teaching, Mike is a contributing author to the Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain and has assisted in the development of pain curricula for the Canadian Pain Society, and the province of Ontario and the PainBC Pain Champions project. Mike is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists, a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is currently an assessor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialization Program for Pain Management.