Confluent Health’s Leading Pain Scientists crafted The Pain Squad™ to offer this science-based approach to people experiencing chronic pain across the U.S. They include:
Dr. Adriaan Louw
Dr. Louw earned both an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University, South College and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Dr. Louw has taught throughout the US and internationally for 20 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, Certified Pain Specialist and has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Dr. Louw completed his Ph.D. on pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group – an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. Dr. Louw is the Program Director of the Therapeutic Pain Specialist and Pain Science Fellowship post-graduate program for Evidence In Motion.
Dr. Tim Flynn
Dr. Flynn is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and the American Physical Therapy Association, and a frequent presenter at state, national, and international meetings. Dr. Flynn is widely published including five textbooks, six book chapters, and over 85 peer-reviewed manuscripts on orthopaedics, biomechanics, and manual therapy issues.
Dr. Flynn is a past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and an editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. He maintains an active clinical practice focusing on chronic pain disorders at Colorado In Motion. Dr. Flynn is a professor at South College, an EIM university partner, where he teaches in an innovative DPT professional program.
Systematic reviews and randomized clinical trials data support the superiority of pain neuroscience education (PNE) in helping people experience less pain over time. Patients in pain want to know more about pain, not anatomy. Evidence suggests:
- Teaching patients about pain has a positive effect on pain, function and disability, pain catastrophizing, and physical movement
- When paired with traditional physical therapy, PNE can significantly decrease the number of follow-up visits to the general practitioner
- PNE prior to lumbar surgery significantly decreases post-operative healthcare expenses
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