Practical Pain Science

Mark Kargela

Dr. Mark Kargela is the founder of Modern Pain Care, a Therapeutic Pain Specialist, and national lecturer and teacher of how to incorporate pain science into practice and help even the most difficult patients.    

Jarod Hall PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Jarod Hall is internationally known blogger and lecturer.   He has been able to take his own experience as an early career clinician and help others navigate their own journey from the limitations of traditional PT school teaching to the incorporation of modern science around pain to better work in the gray areas of clinical practice  
 Come join us for a 2-day course that will have you helping even the most difficult patients on Monday
Pain science is the buzz in the profession.  A lot of us read research and blogs and are left scratching our heads on how to apply pain science to practice.  This course will give you the "How to" when it comes to incorporating pain science to your practice. 
See the evidence to support implementation into your practice
Learn practical strategies to implement on Monday in clinic
Limited Seats
Seats will fill up so do not miss out on this opportunity to improve your practice and most importantly help more people!
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Upcoming Courses
August 24th-25th, 2019
Columbus, OH
September 21st-22nd, 2019
Viroqua, WI
Closed Course
October 19th-20th, 2019
Chicago, IL
April 25th-26th, 2020
Helsinki, Finland
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Course Description
The last 15-20 years have seen an explosion in our understanding of pain. Practical Pain Science for the Physical Therapist is a course focused on educating therapists on modern understandings of pain and how to apply it to clinical practice on Monday. An understanding of persistent pain states will be developed so the participant can better be able to educate, assess, and treat the patient suffering from persistent pain.
What are others saying?

Joletta Belton

My experiences with Mark have all exceeded my expectations. He is a champion of the patient voice who integrates the patient perspective into his practice and his teaching. He is a listener as well as an educator and goes above and beyond for his patients, students, and colleagues alike. Mark is a leader in modern pain care, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from him and look forward to what the future brings.

Zach Huff, PT, DPT, OCS, TPS

Mark has played a key role in my development as a clinician, particularly during my training in ISPI's TPS program. He has an uncanny ability to take the complexity of persistent pain and make it accessible to clinicians. His skill in translating the research into something that is both relevant and clinically applicable has made a huge impact in my clinical practice.
What You Get
  • Access to our article library to use in your practice
  •  Subjective Examination Guide and Worksheet: Use in your daily practice
  •  Objective Examination Worksheet to Use in Practice
  • Treatment Worksheet - for use in practice to improve your clinical reasoning with any treatment
Course Schedule
​Day One
8:00 Introductions
8:30 Identify the Group's Pain Points 
9:00 Foundations in Pain Neuroscience
10:00 Break
10:15 Contextual Architecture and Meaning Responses
11:15 Communication with the Lived Experience
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) Introduction and Application
2:00 PNE in Context - OA and Widespread Pain Syndromes
3:00 Break
3:15 PNE in Context - Low Back Pain 
4:00 Live Skype with Chronic Pain Patient

​Day Two
8:00 Day One Recap - Discussion
8:30 Patient Management Framework
9:30 Intro to Neurodynamics
10:00 Break
10:15 Neurodynamics Lab with Case Studies 
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Graded Motor Imagery Introduction with Lab
2:30 Modern Manual Therapy with Lab
3:30 Modern Therapeutic Exercise with Lab

*** schedule may change to accommodate patients who Skype in

Course Objectives
At the end of this 2-day course the participant will 
1.  Understand pain neurobiology concepts of central sensitivity, neuropathic pain, nociplastic pain, conditioned pain modulation, exercise-induced hyperalgesia, allodynia, among others and how each term relates to daily practice
2.  Given a patient case presentation, be able to deduce the dominant pain mechanisms present in the patient presentation
3.  Be able to utilize pain neuroscience education in patient scenarios of fibromyalgia, low back pain, osteoarthritis, and CRPS 
4.  Given a patient case scenario, be able to design a therapeutic exercise program including graded exposure, graded activity, novel movements, and graded loading concepts
5.  Understand current mechanisms of manual therapy and how to apply manual therapy in light of modern neuroscience
6.  Articulate three reasons that neurodynamic tests should be utilized for evaluative and treatment purposes when interacting with the patient with neuropathic pain
7.  Understand contextual architecture and how to leverage it in practice
8.  Accurately define graded motor imagery and each of its three components and learn how to apply to current practice
9.  Understand a comprehensive patient management framework that gives a detailed biopsychosocial perspective on any patient presentation

What are others saying?

Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, OCS,TPS, FAAOMPT

If you want to bring the best to patient care, Mark is one of the best resources out there. Mark is a consummate professional. He is continually pushing his own boundaries of knowledge and helping others push their own. He brings both clinical reasoning and expertise to his offerings while creating a fun and easy learning environment. I would highly recommend the work and teaching of Mark to all healthcare professionals who spend time with patients.


The Practical Pain Sciences course was a fantastic introduction to all things related to Pain Sciences. Mark has expert knowledge and masterfully discusses all facets of Pain Sciences information in an easy to understand course. If you are wanting to learn more about Pain Sciences and how it is applied in PT practice this course is exactly what you are looking for. I highly recommend this course!!
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