Course Description:
Pain is a universal experience and often the reason for referrals to physical therapy. This course presents current concepts regarding pain mechanisms, generators, interpretations and responses. Current models that explain pain perception and processing will be reviewed. Treatment recommendations and application will be discussed in more detail related to chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Course Objectives:
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the frequency and impact of musculoskeletal pain complaints.
  • Discuss pathways of pain transmission from the periphery to the central nervous system.
  • Define the term “central sensitization”.
  • Discuss potential sources of variability for pain perception.
  • Identify recommended methods to assess pain perception in clinical settings.
  • Describe factors that are predictive of poor outcomes for musculoskeletal pain conditions.
  • Discuss models for the development of chronic pain conditions that have been recently highlighted in the literature.
  • Describe different conceptual management options for pain rehabilitation

Intended Audience:

The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for Physical Therapist (PT) and Occupation and Occupational Therapy (OT) practitioners.

Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details at If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email and we will be happy to help clarify!

Course Education Level: Introductory /Intermediate


Contact Hours:
This course has been approved for 16 contact hours by the following boards:

  • Florida Physical Therapy Association
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

This course has been approved for 13.5 contact hours by the following boards:

  • Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology

Continuing Education credit for each participant who meets the satisfactory course completion requirements (licensed in FL) will be automatically uploaded to CE Broker, which means the Florida Boards will have record of your attendance, even if you do not have your own personal CE Broker account. Course certificates will be provided at the completion of the course for those that meet the course completion requirements. Certificates will be mailed for courses that include a post-course test

If you are a Brooks Clinician and want to pay by cost center, please fill out this registration form and return the check and form to the Brooks IHL.

Satisfactory Course Completion:
Full course attendance (including signing the attendance sheet each day), performance demonstrations and question and answer session.

Course Evaluation/Survey:
Within 48 hours of course completion, you will receive a post course survey. The IHL values your feedback and we thank you in advance for taking the survey.