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Venue: Royal Free Hospital, London (map)

Cost: £385

Back pain is the leading cause of disability. There is growing evidence that back pain is a bio-psycho-social disorder. There are many myths that are associated with back pain, that lead people in pain to become fearful, protective and avoidant. Understanding the multidimensional factors that underpins back pain allows for targeted management.

Cognitive Functional Therapy was developed as a flexible integrated behavioral approach for individualizing the management of disabling LBP. This approach has evolved from an integration of foundational behavioral psychology and neuroscience within physical therapist practice. It is underpinned by a multidimensional clinical reasoning framework in order to identify the modifiable and nonmodifiable factors associated with an individual’s disabling LBP. It incorporates a motivational approach to targeting unhelpful cognitions, distress, movement and lifestyle behaviors that drive pain and disability. There is growing evidence for the efficacy of Cognitive Functional Therapy for reducing pain and disability in people with disabling low back pain.

Four patients will be assessed by Peter, put forward by delegates and not previously seen by him. Patients will have disabling persistent low back pain. After each patient assessment, there will be time to review the clinical reasoning process and management plan. Delegates are most welcome to contact the organizer should they wish to put forward an appropriate patient for Peter to assess.


*Delegates applying through an NHS trust please email the clinic reception and request a proforma invoice form.

Light refreshments will be provided. To register for this course click the box ‘Book this course’ below and complete the online procedures. On receipt of payment, a place will be guaranteed for you. No reservation of a place without payment is possible. Pre-course reading is available for your perusal at Peter O Sullivan articles. Receipts will be sent to your personal email. CPD certificates will be given at end of Day 3.