May 22, 2023

A Look Back and Ahead. An Interview with Adriaan Louw

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This week we have the honor of speaking with a leader in the world of physical therapy and pain care across the world.

Adriaan Louw has had a massive impact on me and the direction of my career.  He is a great model of humility and generosity.

We discuss where we were, where we are, and where we need to go in pain care.

It was a great conversation, and I hope you all enjoy it!

00:00 Introduction
02:05 Adriaan's professional roller coaster
05:54 Moving past find it fix it
09:36 State of DPT education
14:05 Research on kids and pain
17:24 Where are we with lifestyle medicine?
20:29 Dealing with systemic barriers
25:35 Why the struggle to get our message to the consumer?
31:03 Are research methods capturing the patient's voice
34:48 Immunology in pain care
38:18 Recommendations for DPT students and early career professionals

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Adriaan Louw


Adriaan earned his undergraduate, master’s degree and PhD in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 25 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Adriaan completed his Ph.D. on pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group – an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. Adriaan is a senior faculty, pain science director and vice-president of faculty experience for Evidence in Motion.