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2333 – Pain Science Applications

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Morgantown, WV / Saturday, March 5, 2022 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm / 8.0 credit hours
Indoor Pool: 8:00-10:00 am
Classroom: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch on own: 12:00-1:00 pm
Classroom: 1:00-2:00 pm
Indoor Pool: 2:00-5:00 pm

Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: What we know about pain has changed over the last 20 years. Did you know there is no specific place in the brain for pain? We already know everyone experiences pain differently and there is a good reason why. Our brain receives nociceptive input from our body, but the brain processes this information in several places within the brain and what the patient reports should be described as the patient’s pain experience. Additionally, the longer the pain lasts, the brain signals are altered, leading to reduced proprioception, increased sensitivity to stimulus and a myriad of additional health issues. Understanding pain neuroscience and how to educate a client on why they hurt and how to manage their pain is an essential tool a therapist needs in order to successfully treat chronic pain patients in today’s environment.

In this course, the lecture will review key aspects to pain neuroscience education, providing both the science behind and practical ways to educate your client in order to improve outcomes. The lab portion will present aquatic exercise progressions with the goal of reducing central sensitization, improving proprioception of deep postural muscles with the goal of reducing the patient pain experience for successful progression of functional movement.

1) Explain chronic pain to a client in language they can understand.
2) Develop an effective aquatic therapy and education treatment plan to reduce symptoms of central sensitization and chronic pain.
3) List at least three factors that influence a client’s reported pain.

FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic and aquatic therapy, and owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego ( In 1991, Beth earned her PT degree from the University of Connecticut and in 2006, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. She has achieved certification and re-certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. As a Certified STOTT PilatesTM Instructor, Beth incorporates the use of Pilates basic principles into her exercise programs. In 2010, Beth was honored with the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute’s Tsunami Spirit Award and in 2012, she was named the Aquatic Therapy Professional of the Year. In 2015, the Aquatic Section of the APTA presented Beth with the Judy Cirullo Award in recognition of her promotion of aquatic therapy. Additional aquatic therapy certifications include Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method and Trainer for AquaStretchTM.