Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE)
Do You Understand Your Pain Condition?
If you’ve ever been diagnosed with a pain condition and found it hard to understand the exact science behind your issue, you might benefit from therapeutic neuroscience education. Abundance Physical Therapy in Savannah offers PNE sessions for our patients. It’s important to us that our patients understand their diagnosis, pain condition, and underlying causes of their pain. To learn more about our PNE services, contact our clinic in Savannah today.
What is Pain Neuroscience Education?
According to Physiopedia, “pain neuroscience education (PNE), also known as therapeutic neuroscience education (TNE), consists of educational sessions for patients describing in detail the neurobiology and neurophysiology of pain and pain processing by the nervous system[…] PNE changes a patient’s perception of pain.”
Say that a patient comes into Abundance Physical Therapy thinking that their pain is caused by damaged tissues. If they were to receive PNE about pain neurophysiology, they would understand their pain may not be an accurate representation of their tissue health but might be due to overly sensitive nerves.
PNE in Savannah can help a patient exhibiting fear-avoidance behavior to become more willing to move and participate in treatment. Pain Neuroscience Education can be used with several kinds of treatments, including exercise therapy that can be used to decrease movement-related pain memories as well as decrease sensitivity of the nervous system.
What Does a Typical PNE Session Look Like?
The beauty of PNE is that it translates the complex process of describing the nerves and the brain into a language and format that is easy to understand for everyone, regardless of age or educational level.
PNE methods can vary from clinic to clinic, but typically involve 4 hours of teaching that is provided to a group or individually. These 4 hours may be in one session or broken up into multiple sessions.
PNE is recommended in central sensitization conditions such as osteoarthritis, lower back pain, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, whiplash, or lateral epicondylitis.
PNE simplifies scientific language and presents information to patients that may include the use of:
- Simple pictures
- Workbook with reading/question-answer assignments
- Neurophysiology Pain Questionnaires
Do You Think PNE Could Benefit You?
The list of PNE benefits include, but are not limited to the following:
- Positive effect on overall physical performance
- Increased pain tolerance
- Improved outcomes of therapeutic exercises
- More thorough understanding of physical therapy
- Improved range of motion
If you think that therapeutic neuroscience education could benefit you, contact Abundance Physical Therapy in Savannah today to set up an appointment. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff will make it their top priority to help you understand why you are experiencing your pain, as well as instruct you on ways to alleviate and prevent it from recurring. Request an appointment today to start living pain-free.