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  • Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association

Precision Pain Management

Location: 510 Prince St, Truro, NS

Dates: Saturday, May 04, 2024 - Sunday, May 05, 2024

Course Sponsor/Host: Physio One Health Clinic
Location: 510 Prince St, Truro, NS
Registration Dates: Open
Registration Fees: NOTE: Registration Information/Fees in Course Description


Precision Pain Management will advance the diagnostic and therapeutic expertise of the clinician. The emerging evidence for precision medicine in pain management will be presented with a particular focus on the clinical diagnostic approach used to differentiate nociceptive, neuropathic, and nociplastic pain mechanisms. An in-depth review of the best evidence for a personalized pain medicine approach including physical, pharmacological, and psychologically informed treatment approaches for complex pain will be provided. This course consists of a series of lectures, case study, practical sessions, and clinical applications. 


The Precision Pain Management course is a rebrand of Think Healthcare’s popular Pain Masterclass.

Upon completion of this course the clinician will be able to:

1. Phenotype nociceptive, neuropathic, and nociplastic pain mechanisms.
2. Understand the functional and anatomical brain and nervous system changes in complex pain.
3. Discuss the evidence on the relationship between pathology findings on imaging and pain presentation.
4. Perform a skilled subjective evaluation of the patient with consideration of illness perceptions and expectancy and their relationship to complex pain.
5. Perform a mechanisms-based objective examination to phenotype pain presentations.
6. Increase effectiveness of current therapies through application of psychologically-informed clinical practice principles including therapeutic neuroscience education and positive expectancy.
7. Understand the current best evidence pharmacological approaches to pain management.
8. Apply management skills according to the best evidence pain science for patients with complex pain including graded motor imagery, perceptual manipulation with virtual reality, cognition targeted exercise therapy, tactile acuity and sensory discrimination training, and advanced clinical neurodynamics.

REGISTRATION DATES: Registration deadline is April 19th, 2024. Space is limited to 20 participants.

REGISTRATION: To register, please email with your name, profession, and license number (if applicable) and use TRUROPAIN in your subject field. Registration will not be processed until course fees are received. Course registration fees can be sent via e-transfer to

Early bird registration (before March 31st) - $495.00

Regular registration (April 1st – April 19th) – $525.00

Student registration - $395.00

Instructor bio:

Michael Sangster is a graduate of the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy, the Master of Business Administration program at Saint Mary’s University, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Utica University. He is one of four Clinical Specialists in Pain Science in Canada. His primary clinical interests are Pain Management and Global Health. Mike has worked extensively in both adult and pediatric complex pain and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy and a lecturer for the Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management at McGill University. Mike has been teaching globally for over 15 years and has offered training to clinicians on 6 continents from over 80 countries.

In addition to teaching, Mike was appointed by the Federal Minister of Health to the Canadian Pain Task Force, he is a contributing author to the Oxford Textbook of Pain, a TEDx speaker, and a co-developer of the online pain curriculum at SickKids in Toronto, Canada. Mike is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists, and a founding member and the former Vice-chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

Mike is passionate about global health and travels to resource scarce regions of the world to participate in capacity building initiatives with local clinicians.  On his travels he has fulfilled the North American amateur soccer player’s dream of being invited to play soccer with locals in both Peru and Rwanda, hiked the Inca trail, braved a perilous tuk-tuk ride in the back streets of Bangkok, played cricket with children in Dharavi, swam with sharks, climbed the Gros Piton, and survived dengue fever.

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