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Physiotherapy for Pain Prevention


18 June 2020


12:00 AM11:59 PM

Presented on 18 June 2020

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JP Caneiro, Research Fellow, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University

Exercise and beyond: behavioral strategies to empower patients for better health

Dr JP Caneiro is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist, Titled Pain Physiotherapist, and has a PhD in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. At Curtin University, JP is a research fellow part of a Centre of Research Excellence in Hip and Knee osteoarthritis, and a multicenter trial testing Cognitive Functional Therapy for disabling back pain. He also lectures in the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy. Clinically, JP focuses on the management of complex musculoskeletal pain presentations, working at Body Logic Physiotherapy in Perth. JP is an Associated Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and is also in the scientific committee for the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Jo Nijs, Professor, Vrije Vuiversiteit Brussel

Integrating motivational interviewing in pain neuroscience education: the first step towards effective self-management for patients having pain

Jo Nijs is professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), physiotherapist/manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels, holder of a Chair on oncological physiotherapy funded by the Berekuyl Academy, the Netherlands, and part of the Visiting Professor program of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Jo runs the Pain in Motion international research group (www.paininmotion.be). The primary aim of his research is improving care for patients with chronic pain. At the age of 44, he has (co-)authored >240 peer reviewed publications (including papers in high impact journals such as The Lancet and JAMA Neurology), obtained €9 million grant income, supervised 16 PhD projects to completion and served more than 270 times as an invited speaker at national and international meetings in 25 different countries (including 31 keynotes). He trained 3k clinicians in 92 courses held in 12 different countries spread over 4 continents. His work has been cited >6.4k times (h-index: 43), with 22 citations per article (ISI Web of Knowledge). Jo is ranked 2nd in the world among chronic pain researchers (1st in Europe; expertscape.com), received the 2017 Excellence in Research Award from the JOSPT (USA), and the 2020 Francqui Collen Chair awarded by the University of Hasselt, Belgium.

Romy Parker, Associate Professor, Director, Pain Management Unit, University of Cape Town

Mindfulness based strategies – active treatments for preventing and managing pain

Romy is a physiotherapist and Associate Professor in the Dept of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Cape Town where she leads the Pain Management Unit. She is an active member of the Chronic Pain Management Interdisciplinary Team at Groote Schuur Hospital where she facilitates a six-week chronic pain management program – the Pain Education Empowerment Program (PEEP). Much of her research work has explored the effects of PEEP as well as similar programs, Living with OA, and Positive Living (for people living with HIV and chronic pain). In addition to her clinical work, Romy teaches pain management at an undergraduate and postgraduate level and is an active researcher. The research work of the unit is diverse and includes managing pain in HIV and optimising pain management at a primary healthcare level.

Anne Söderlund, Professor in Physiotherapy, Mälardalen University

Adherence to and maintenance of pain self-management behavior – do we have tools for long-term behavior change?

Dr. Anne Söderlund is professor in Physiotherapy with behavioral medicine profile at School of Health, Care and Welfare, Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden. She was Dean of Faculty at Mälardalen University during years 2014-2019 with responsibility of quality development and assurance of all education and research at the University. She is a leader of a multidisciplinary research group, Behavioral Medicine, Health and Lifestyle (BeMe-Health). Her research includes prevention, treatment, and evaluation of health problems from a behavioral medicine perspective in the physiotherapy framework. Her research is focused on the individual’s behavior and ability for functioning in everyday life in various health conditions including pain related problems in different ages. Studies in clinical reasoning focused on behavior change, intervention studies (e.g. web-based stress management) and health promotion by decreasing sedentary behavior in older people as well as studies of implementation of a behavioral medicine approach in physiotherapist’s clinical practice in musculoskeletal pain are her latest research areas. She has about 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has supervised 11 PhD projects, mostly externally funded, to completion. Her h-index is 19 and her work has been citated 1160 times. Professor Söderlund’s research in behavioral medicine within physiotherapy framework is internationally unique. She is also Editor-in-Chief for the European Journal of Physiotherapy.

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