Clinical Pain Science for the Low Back, Pelvis and Hips (Milwaukee)

Clinical Pain Science for the Low Back, Pelvis and Hips (Milwaukee)

Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing recommendations this course will now be delivered online via Zoom conferencing

Equivalent to 14 contact hours


This 2-day course will focus on how to use an evidence-based framework to achieve better outcomes in the treatment of the low back, pelvis and hips for manual and movement therapists.  An understanding of current pain science and biopsychosocial principles will be learned and applied to help participants reconceptualize pain and inform their clinical decision making.  Participants will learn how to adapt their current practice and be more comfortable in their communication and application of manual therapy techniques, movement and therapeutic exercises.

This course provides the opportunity to learn how better communication, manual therapy, movement modification and therapeutic exercises can be implemented within scope of practice to improve patient outcomes.  Hands on and movement/exercise interventions will be learned and practiced.

Course Delivery

Lecture, discussion, observation, practical exercises with case studies in partners and small groups will be used to emphasize key learning objectives.

Traditional manual and physical therapy practices will be challenged throughout the course to provide attendees an understanding of how a biopsychosocial approach is often more beneficial than a pathoanatomical one. Lecture, discussion, observation, practical applications and small group work will be used to emphasize key learning objectives.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding of current evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance practice, improve outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress
  • Distinguishing between tissue health, biomechanics and psychosocial factors and their role in pain, exercise and rehabilitation.
  • Applications of existing manual therapy and movement skills can be effectively modified to improve patient outcomes
  • Increase utilization of exercise prescription for self-management and to improve participants abilities to teach self-management/exercise to their clients.
  • Practicing key principles in forming a therapeutic relationship through client interaction and contextual effects 
  • Improve understanding of various presentations for pain and dysfunction in the low back, pelvis and hips
  • Improve and refine assessment and treatment strategies for low back, pelvis and hips
  • Understand differences when treating mechanical sensitivity, central processes and recognizing when to refer to other healthcare providers.
  • Learn how current evidence can be applied to improve treatment outcomes
  • Improve abilities to apply a combination of manual therapies, movement, and exercises for a variety of patient presentations
  • Understanding of new evidence-based frameworks on persistent pain to enhance their practice, improve patient outcomes, and decrease practitioner stress


Additional course objectives are to:

  • Increase the practitioner’s understanding of pain self-management and to improve their ability to teach pain self-management to their clients.
  • Utilize pain science research to outline more effective ways to interact and treat patients with chronic pain.
  • Use case studies to emphasize key points and discuss treatment options.
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May 14 - 15



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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
UWM School of Continuing Education, Milwaukee, WI, USA
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