Clinical Application of Pain Neurophysiology

The goal of this course is to introduce clinicians to the neurophysiological basis of pain development, persistence and treatment. A better understanding of the neurophysiology of pain will allow for a better understanding of how individual physiological and psychological factors influence the risk of chronicity as well as the response to treatment. It will allow you to adapt your practice to the new scientific evidence and to better educate your patients about the factors that influence pain and thus have a better adherence to therapeutic recommendations.

Presented by Serge Marchand, professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Université de Sherbrooke and researcher at the Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CRCHUS), this course also aims to present the new scientific evidence related to the development of persistent pain as well as the evolution of pain according to age, gender and certain mental health conditions.


  1. To introduce the neurophysiological basis of the development of chronic pain.
  2. To understand the role of endogenous mechanisms of pain modulation in relation to its management.
  3. To develop theoretical skills in order to choose therapeutic tools to alleviate pain and attempt to reduce its chronicity.
  4. To understand the gender differences in pain.
  5. Understand the evolution of pain mechanisms with age.
  6. To understand pain mechanisms as a function of mental health.

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