Changing pain and movement behaviour in chronic low back pain


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Nieuwe Marktstraat 54, 6511 AA Nijmegen

Specialist: Kieran O'Sullivan


Accreditatie (only for Dutch people)

Keurmerk: 16 punten
KNGF: 14 punten voor algemeen, sport,
manueel en psychosomatiek

Taal scholing: Engels

6 - 7 november 2020

08.30 - 17.00 uur

Changing pain and movement behaviour in chronic low back pain

Kieran O’Sullivan will give a course about chronic low back pain. He is one of the international researchers who worked intensively together with Peter O’Sullivan to develop the ‘Cognitive Functional Therapy’ (CFT) intervention. CFT is an approach to the management of pain disorders that considers factors across the biopsychosocial spectrum that contribute to the development and maintenance of a pain disorder. It provides a logical framework allowing skilled clinicians both diagnose, triage and target management where appropriate. CFT integrates cognitive strategies and functional rehabilitation to change provocative movement and cognitive behaviours that provoke and maintain pain.

This approach has been developed through a combination of synthesis of contemporary scientific literature and a body of original research led by Prof Peter O’Sullivan and a collaborative team of international researchers. There is emerging evidence that the CFT approach provide better clinical outcomes than current best clinical practice in the management of non-specific chronic spinal pain.

This unique 2 day workshop outlines Peter O Sullivan’s classification model for the assessment and management of complex back pain disorders. The workshop is dynamic, interactive and practical. It includes patient demonstrations, clinical reasoning and equips physiotherapists to develop skills in diagnostics as well as the design of CFT interventions for specific disorder. Be prepared to change your beliefs about back pain if you sign up for this workshop.

Course objectives

  • Overview of the back pain diagnosis, the evidence and management dilemma
  • Potential multidimensional underlying mechanisms to pain
  • Overview of the clinical reasoning framework of low back pain disorders
  • Develop the communication skills acquired to deal with complex pain problems
  • Develop competency in designing the cognitive component to the motor learning interventions

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan

Kieran graduated from University College Dublin in 1999. In 2004 he completed an MSc in Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. In 2008 he was awarded specialist member status by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. His research interests are broadly musculoskeletal pain and injury. He completed his PhD in 2012, which was funded by the Health Research Board. This project investigated the role of sitting behaviour in chronic low back pain, including the use of novel wireless technology to monitor and provide feedback on lumbar posture. From 2016-2019, he moved to Qatar to head up a spinal pain centre at Aspetar orthopaedic and Sports medicine Hospital, a FIFA- and IOC-accredited centre. He is currently involved in several research projects relating to musculoskeletal pain, nationally and internationally. 

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