september, 2020

202004sep12:30 pm5:00 pmIt’s Not Just About the Spine: Understanding and Managing Spinal PainFacilitated by Professor Peter O’Sullivan12:30 pm - 5:00 pm AEST(GMT+10:00) View in my timeADA House Event Organized By: ADA WA Discipline:General Restorative

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Course Outline:

Spinal pain is one of the most disabling health care disorders and commonly reported in dentists, with 50% reporting neck pain and 30% back pain. Historically spinal pain has been thought to be caused by damage or degeneration of the spine, weakness of the core muscles and or ‘poor’ posture. However there is little strong evidence to support these beliefs. In contrast, there is growing evidence that spinal pain is complex and is influenced by a combination of factors such as genetics, gender, poor sleep patterns, inactivity, stress, muscle tension and low mood. Persistent and disabling spinal pain is associated with unhelpful beliefs and behaviours that drive fear, distress, sensitisation, protective guarding and avoidance.

A cognitive functional approach provides a personalised evidence based understanding of spinal pain, pain control strategies to enable people to build confidence to engage with painful, feared and avoided valued activities and addresses unhelpful lifestyle behaviours. There is growing evidence that this approach results in larger long-term benefits over traditional approaches.


Speakers for this event

  • Professor Peter O’Sullivan

    Professor Peter O’Sullivan

    Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

    Peter is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2005) and Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Internationally recognised as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in Physiotherapy, he has published more than 245 research papers, been keynote speaker at 100 national and international conferences and taught in 22 countries on the diagnosis and management of persistent pain disorders. Peter consults three days per week at Body Logic where he reviews complex musculoskeletal pain disorders, and works closely with all the clinical staff to ensure the highest level of clinical care is provided within the practice. His interests include keeping physically active, spending time with his family, and pursuing creative activities.

    Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


ADA WAIn Western Australia, ADAWA is regarded as the recognised voice of dentistry. With around 92% of registered dentists and dental specialists across the private and public sectors as members, the Association provides a most effective representative body. ADAWA strives to promote the art and science of dentistry, to represent the profession and to provide services which promote the highest level of oral health in the community.[email protected] ADA House, 54-58 Havelock Street, West Perth, WA 6005


(Friday) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm AEST(GMT+10:00) View in my time

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$264 – $396

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