By embedding the latest pain science into stories, metaphors and examples, neuroscience becomes approachable and easy to absorb. Every clinician has the capacity to teach PNE, and with practice, you can master the subtleties that make it most effective. Teaching PNE is the integration of three crucial elements: the teaching sessions, taking advantage of teachable moments, and continuing the education process with homework.
Choose a teaching element to explore videos and resources.
Hone your skills with sample sessions, along with advice on story personalization, overcoming barriers, and more.
Learn how to create teachable moments using the information you gather during exams and conversation.
Cognitive homework allows patients to be part of the solution. Download homework sheets and discover other resources.
Introduction to Sessions
Who needs pne?
Teaching PNE Sessions with Adriaan Louw
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How to Teach a PNE Session (Card System)
Watch how Adriaan Louw conducts an initial PNE session using the cards included in the Why You Hurt Pain Neuroscience Education System.
How to Teach a PNE Session (Tablet)
See how Adriaan Louw presents a follow-up session using a tablet and the PDF version of the Why You Hurt Pain Neuroscience Education System.
How to Teach a Telehealth PNE Session (Card System)
Adriaan Louw conducts a PNE session via telehealth, using the Why You Hurt Pain Neuroscience Education System.
Bridging the Gap Between Education and Exercise
Learn how to continue the PNE education process after you've transitioned to movement-based treatment.
Clinical Pearls for PNE
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How to Adapt a Story During a Session
You're in the middle of a session, and your patient says "this doesn't apply to me." Here's how to turn it into a positive opportunity.
Personalizing a Story for Your Patient
The basic stories won't resonate with all patients. Here's how to customize the story to make it more impactful.
The Four Key Elements of a PNE Session
Do your PNE sessions include these four key elements? It can mean the difference between success and frustration.
Proper Dosing of PNE
PNE is meant to accentuate other modalities, not take up valuable time. Learn how to dose the sessions.
YOU THINK MY PAIN IS IN MY HEAD
Every clinician teaching PNE will get this question from a patient, and how you respond will directly affect how well your patient does with PNE.
Why You Hurt Pain Neuroscience Education System
Everything you need to conduct PNE sessions in your clinic (or via telehealth) is available in the Why You Hurt Pain Neuroscience Education System.
The sample, below, is one of 14 in-depth, research-backed PNE sessions included in the system.
Each card features full-color illustrations on the front and clinician cueing on the back.
Sample Session from Pain Neuroscience Education Textbook
SHOW THIS TO YOUR PATIENTS
Patients are sometimes surprised when their clinician starts teaching them about pain. They should be. Many people still connect their pain to damaged tissues, and we in the medical community have not done a good job educating patients about their pain.
This video explains the "what" and "why" of PNE to your patients.
Watch the video in our Patient Portal. Share that link with your patients or have them watch in the clinic.
Some of the most impactful moments happen outside of the PNE session. By taking cues from your patient, you can provide impactful information at the precise moment your patient is ready to hear it. The resources below will help you create and capitalize on teachable moments.
Clinical Pearls for PNE (Moments)
How to create teachable moments and improve buy-in
How you conduct your evaluation, how you respond during treatment, or even how you set up your clinic can help create teachable moments.
Connecting Patient Info to PNE Stories
Use the PNE New Patient Checklist to connect common things patients say during the initial evaluation or treatment to relevant PNE stories.
A simple and effective way to stimulate questions is to decorate your lobby or patient rooms with PNE posters. Each poster focuses on a foundational principle of PNE, engaging patients and providing in-roads to a PNE conversation.
Continuing the education process beyond the clinic is essential to your patients' success. These resources will help you provide effective cognitive homework.
"How To" Videos for PNE Homework
How to use patient books to continue the learning process
Why Do I Hurt? and the Why Do I Hurt? Workbook were designed to build upon what you teach in the clinic. Here's how.
Download Homework Sheets
Set your patients up for success and accelerate their treatment. The questions on these carefully designed homework sheets have patients reflect on their pain journey, deepen their knowledge of pain, and come back to the clinic armed with questions.
Each set of homework sheets corresponds to a session from the Why You Hurt Pain Neuroscience Education System. Homework is presented in PDF format to be easily printed or sent to patients.
For most patients with persistent pain, the Why Do I Hurt? patient book and Why Do I Hurt? Workbook are the ideal tools to have them read at home and share with loved ones.
Patient books are also available that focus on specific conditions, like fibromyalgia, CRPS, or back pain.
Patients undergoing surgery will benefit from the selection of preoperative booklets.
Why Do I Hurt?®
Patients don’t have to live in pain. Studies show patients who have been educated about the neuroscience of pain are able to function better, exercise more and experience less pain.
Why Do I Hurt?® Workbook
Help your patients learn about their chronic pain with this interactive workbook designed to help them treat their condition.
Everyone Has Back Pain
Adriaan Louw’s neuroscience education book will help you understand why your back hurts and teach you strategies for controlling and lessening your pain.
Why Pelvic Pain Hurts
Weave through the stigma and complexities of chronic pelvic pain to discover what's causing your pain and start your journey to recovery.
Why Are My Nerves So Sensitive?
Adriaan Louw’s handbook for patients with CRPS or RSD teaches the neuroscience of pain and guides the patient through graded motor imagery to desensitize their tissues.
Your Headache Isn't All In Your Head
Learn how headache pain really works, how the brain and nervous system contribute to headaches, and how to alleviate and prevent future headaches.
Your Fibromyalgia Workbook
Turn down the pain associated with fibromyalgia with Adriaan Louw’s interactive patient book “Your Fibromyalgia Workbook.”
Your Nerves Are Having a Knee Replacement
Learn how to calm sensitive nerves before and after a knee replacement in this book from physical therapist Adriaan Louw.
Your Nerves Are Having Hip Surgery
Prepare for hip surgery and learn key strategies for recovery in this neuroscience booklet from Adriaan Louw.
Whiplash: An Alarming Message From Your Nerves
Adriaan Louw provides perspectives on the occurrence of whiplash, including the neurological basis of pain and treatment expectations.
Your Nerves Are Having Back Surgery
Adriaan Louw sheds light on the neuroscience behind back surgery to provide future patients with the information necessary to make informed treatment decisions.
Your Nerves Are Having Shoulder Surgery
Prepare for shoulder surgery and learn key strategies for recovery in this neuroscience booklet from Adriaan Louw.