presented by Adriaan Louw
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Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD
Adriaan, 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 Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition, he maintains…Read full bio
1. Kids and Pain
The experiences children have from a very early age can influence the degree to which pain impacts their lives in the future. Participation in contact sports, circumcision, and NICU needle pricks in babies have all been shown to impact pain later in life. Therapists need to be aware of the impact of such events in order to maximize the impact of their interactions with kids in pain and the parents that care for them.
2. Work and Pain
Patients in pain often are removed from their work, and once removed, return is not guaranteed. Several factors predict chronic pain and disability among workers. This chapter explores the strong and moderate predictors of chronicity and challenges therapists to apply TNE preemptively in industry to minimize the impact of pain-related absenteeism and disability in the workplace.
3. Personality and Pain
What makes some people resilient in the face of pain, while others seem to fold in on themselves, allowing pain to govern every aspect of life? Personality characteristics have been shown to have strong correlations to pain experiences. This chapter explores depression, neuroticism, anxiety, coping strategies, and catastrophization. Opportunities for screening and education are introduced as possible mediators to the personality traits that predispose individuals to chronicity.
4. Socioeconomic Factors and Pain
Socioeconomic disadvantage (SED) increases the risk of pain. Coping strategies, ethnicity, occupational factors, and other factors influence individual pain experiences. This chapter explores those factors, as well as suggesting options for clinicians to work within those constraints or to remove barriers where possible.