Presenter: Mike Studer, PT, MHS, DPT
"Great course! Pain well outlined and covered at appropriate complexity. Relevant to an SLP practice."
– A.L., prior course participant
Chronic pain is now the most prevalent condition that individuals in the United States experience. Over the past 20 years, our understanding of the neurophysiology of pain has improved dramatically. The science continues to advance, yet "has arrived" to fully appreciate the bio-psycho-social sectors of this epidemic.
However the translation of science to practice in recognition of pain, the systemic and pervasive effects, and the multifactorial treatment strategies for pain, has lagged behind. In this course, we will bridge these very gaps from science to practice, with an introductory course in pain science and management for the rehabilitation professional. Also discussed will be practical, patient-centered approaches to managing chronic pain.
Course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 1:48:05
"It is interesting to see how chronic pain affects cognitive function. The subject matter is very pertinent because I have many patients with acute and chronic pain."
– K.C., prior course participant
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"Understanding the neurophysiology of pain was beneficial. I liked the thoroughness of the handout to follow the slides." C.C. (Dec. 2023)
"Treating patients complicated by chronic pain conditions was helpful. Convenient course." J.Z. (Nov. 2023)
"Discussing fear and anxiety was helpful." M.T. (Nov. 2023)
"The presenter was engaging and easy to listen to. The topic on chronic pain was beneficial." S.W. (Nov. 2023)
"I work in home health - primarily Geriatrics. All info pertinent to my job. Direct presentation. Not a lot of fluff. To the point - I learned a lot." D.D. (Oct. 2023)
"It was beneficial discussing how each person experiences pain differently, and we have to be careful not to make them "prove" they have pain." S.S. (Oct. 2023)
"Very well organized course and very detailed with great examples. I liked the emphasis on the patient's needs, desires, past history, and using their daily life routines to improve their outcomes." M.S. (Oct. 2023)
"Speaker was thorough. This was good information to have." K.H. (Sep. 2023)
"Course was interesting. I liked the discussion of how pain is personal. I was also interested in the placebo effect." D.D. (Sep. 2023)
"I liked the neurological components of pain and the neurological review. Motivational interviewing was beneficial to discuss." G.D. (Sep. 2023)
"Quick and efficient course. Chronic pain information was beneficial." K.D. (Sep. 2023)
"I liked the hitchhiker analogy." C.V. (Sep. 2023)
"The speaker was very knowledgeable. I liked the analogy of an alarm with pain detector." S.D. (Sep. 2023)
"Learning how chronic pain develops was beneficial. Great information with ability to return and rewatch for future review." L.K. (Aug. 2023)
"Very clear pain management course." L.K. (Aug. 2023)
"Perfecting the patient interview - taking the patient's story was beneficial. I liked the overall detailed information and the hitchhiker analogy." C.H. (Jul. 2023)
"Discussing that pain can take on many forms. And a good reminder that patients memory or general cognitive skills can be impacted by chronic pain." A.K. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked using the person-centered approach to understanding the patient's story, rather than just the pain itself." K.H. (Jul. 2023)
"Pain and patient autonomy were beneficial topics. Easy listening, clear slides." T.W. (Jun. 2023)
"Understanding the cycle of pain and how it impacts sleep and well-being was beneficial. I liked learning how pain can result in changes in the brain." L.L. (May 2023)
"Straightforward information and helpful ways of addressing chronic pain with patients. I liked the chart depicting a patient's feelings as chronic pain continues. This allowed me to conceptualize how patients may feel with chronic pain." L.G. (Apr. 2023)
"Helpful information. Learning interactions between emotional/cognitive functioning and pain management was beneficial." S.F. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the focus on teaming with the patient to manage pain." S.B. (Mar. 2023)
"How to support the individual to have improved outcomes through a biopsychosocial lens. I liked the presenter's mastery of the information and organization of the material." H.F. (Mar. 2023)
"Dr. Studer is an excellent and knowledgeable presenter. Learning the part played by fear and anxiety in maintaining chronic pain." L.L. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the breadth of content." P.L. (Feb. 2023)
"This course was very easy to use and navigate." C.W. (Jan. 2023)
"Clear diagrams and explanations. I liked the discussion of the Hebbian principles in dictating behavior." J.F. (Jan. 2023)
"I felt that the presenter provided a lot of practical application for my practice." A.A. (Dec. 2022)
"Very relevant yet rarely discussed issue affecting many of my patients. Very helpful active listening techniques; providing validation and emphasis of the patient's story; knowing where pain occurs and that it cannot be explained by an imaging test." R.H. (Dec. 2022)
"I did not realize how pervasive chronic pain was in America. I found the concept of Hebbian learning to be of particular interest. I appreciated that Dr. Studer did not read directly from the slides. He gave great examples, like the boot/nail, skull/nail examples." S.V. (Dec. 2022)
"The concept of nociplasticity behavior economics was great. I liked how this course looks at pain holistically." C.W. (Dec. 2022)
"It is interesting to see how chronic pain affects cognitive function. The subject matter is very pertinent because I have many patients with acute and chronic pain. Mike presented good information about how to help the patient proceed past the pain and achieve some success with movement." K.C. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the specific examples, learning how anxiety plays a role in pain mgt and adherence to tx plans, and specific questions geared toward the individual holistically and not simply their medical/pain background." D.L. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the format with visuals." C.O. (Nov. 2022)
"Good explanation about how pain gets transferred from the level of the body part/tissue to the brain and mind." A.V. (Nov. 2022)
"I have a patient currently who has chronic pain and I had no idea how to help until I saw this course." A.P. (Nov. 2022)
"I found the entire presentation beneficial. My husband has chronic pain and I believe this will help me to help him. I liked the discussion of autonomy in relation to helping people who are dealing with chronic pain." C.B. (Nov. 2022)
"Great course! Pain well outlined and covered at appropriate complexity. Relevant to an SLP practice." A.L. (Oct. 2022)
Mike Studer, PT, MHS, DPT, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, BFPCE, FAPTA, received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991. He received his post-professional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995 and has been designated a Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) by the Academy of Geriatric PT since 2011. Mike has served as the Vice-president of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA and has been the chair and vice-chair of several special interest groups at the national level in each of the Academies of Neurologic and Geriatric PT, including Balance and Falls, Stroke, and the Practice Committee in neurology. He is a full-time treating therapist at and founder of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates, in Oregon. Mike has presented courses and published articles on neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation since 1995 and has authored and co-authored over 25 articles on topics of neurology and geriatrics, as well as several book chapters on stroke, PD, and preventative care as well. Mike is now regularly a guest lecturer on a national and international basis at several universities and national meetings on the topics of balance, motor control, motor learning, cognitive impairment, and case management. He was awarded the 2011 Clinician of the Year by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy – a section of the American Physical Therapy Association – and in 2014 the same award by the Academy of Geriatric PT making him the first to receive this national distinction from each entity.
Financial — Mike Studer is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Mike Studer has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
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ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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