Practical Pain Science
Live Course

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.

Audience: PTs, PTAs, PT Students, OTs, COTAs, MDs, DOs, PAs, NPs, RNs, Chiropractors, Psychologists

Prerequisities: none

CEU/CCUs through ProCert :  14.25 contact hours/ 11 CCUs

Disclosures/Conflicts of Interest: none

Cancellation Policy

  • Course ObjeCTIVES
  • Course Schedule

Day One
8:00  Introductions/Objectives
9:00  Pain History and Theory
10:00  Pain Physiology
10:30 Break
11:30 Pain Classification
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE)  Introduction and Application
2:00 PNE Content Overview
3:00 Break
3:15  PNE Content and Case Examples
4:00 Live Skype with Chronic Pain Patient (technology permitting) – Case Study

Day Two
8:00  Day One Recap - Discussion
8:30  Patient Management Framework
9:30  Break
9:45   Neurodynamics
10:00 Neurodynamics Lab
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Contextual Effects In Patient Interaction
1:30 Modern Clinical Reasoning
2:00 Modern Manual Therapy with Lab
3:00 Modern Therapeutic Exercise with Lab
4:00 Introduction to Graded Motor Imagery
4:30 Graded Motor Imagery Lab


This course on Neuro Science Pain Education was completely evidence based and current. Mark helped to present the information from a clinician's perspective so that it is relevant and usable after taking the course. Keep up the great work and thank you.

Dr. Joe S. - Physical Therapist

This course was excellent at explaining new research and I would recommend this course to anyone.

Kenzie Rowda - Physical Therapist

Excellent content for a one day course. I left the course with new ideas and practical examples to use with my patients.

Griffin Lee - Physical Therapist

Mark presents the Modern Pain Science material with great enthusiasm and expertise. His experiences with patients who are suffering with chronic pain are nicely interwoven into his presentation making his material both relevant and insightful for those who work with these patients.

Dan Vaughn

I thoroughly enjoyed the PPS course. It provided an evidenced based review of pain neurophysiology alongside practical solutions to implement this information in the clinic.

Chris Hinze - Physical Therapist

The course was very informative, and engaging. It was a friendly, non-threatening environment that encouraged questions and allowed students to wrestle with challenging topics.

Lisa Jones

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!!

Peer Himler





Shawnee, OK


8/24/18 - 8/25/18

Columbus, OH


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Mark Kargela, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

About the Instructor

Mark Kargela is a graduate of Grand Valley State University in 2003 where he received his masters degree. He later received his transitional DPT along with a manual therapy certification (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Kargela is credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (cert-MDT) and is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy.  Dr. Kargela has also been involved in the Michigan Physical Therapy Association in delegate and district treasurer roles along with serving as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University. He is a graduate of the Evidence in Motion’s (EIM) Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy fellowship program in 2012. He became a therapeutic pain specialist in 2016 through the International Spine and Pain Institute.  In teaching roles Dr. Kargela has served as faculty in Evidence In Motion’s Fellowship teaching pain science and clinical reasoning curriculum.  Currently, Dr. Kargela serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.    Dr. Kargela also is adjunct faculty at Franklin Pierce University and regularly lectures to Phoenix area physical therapy programs.

Dr. Kargela practices in Phoenix, Arizona in Midwestern University's Physical Therapy Institue where he serves as a clinical assistant professor and specializes in spinal and persistent pain conditions.