Applying Pain Science to Clinical Practice

Applying Pain Science to Clinical Practice

Who is this course for?

The Applying Pain Science to Clinical Practice course will provide a therapist a better understanding of the biology and physiology of pain, and how to appropriately use this information when making decisions about the use of several different modalities in clinical practice.

Dry needling practitioners that looking for more comprehensive understanding on how to use dry needling and dry needling with electrical stimulation to manage a patient’s pain will benefit from taking this course.

As a therapist…

Are you dealing with patients that experience acute/chronic pain or have patients that are not responding to treatment modalities? This course deals with these two areas, but any therapist wanting to continue their education can benefit from this course.

The Applying Pain Science to Clinical Practice course will help the clinician better understand the biology and physiology behind pain, and how we can use this information to select appropriate clinical modalities to help manage pain in our varying patient populations.

Are you dealing with patients who experience acute or chronic pain?

Have you used several modalities with little or no consistent clinical outcomes for these patients? It’s important to recognize all three components of the biopsychosocial model and how they relate to the pain discussion. This course explores the biology or “bio” component, not the psychosocial aspects.

Become more effective on how to treat pain by having a better understanding of pain science, the science behind why people experience pain, and how to appropriately use different clinical modalities in order to manage pain. Explore common therapeutic modalities, including the use of dry needling and dry needling with electrical stimulation.

Do you generally get great results with pain management, however…

  • Have you had that patient that just doesn’t seem to be responding to your pain management techniques?
  • Have you used several modalities with little or no consistent outcomes for these patients?
  • Have you attached electrical stimulation to needles with inconsistent results?

Learn about…

  • The biology and physiology of pain science.
  • How the body influences pain perception.
  • How to treat pain more effectively with dry needling and electric stimulation.

Don’t wait!

This course is for you if you are you looking to…

Get a better understand the science of how the body registers pain.

Get a better understanding how your patient perceives pain.

Use dry needling and electric stimulation to manage your patients pain.

Your instructors Brian and Sue will discuss…

  • The different types of pain.
  • The science behind pain processing.
  • The different clinical modalities as it relates to pain management.
  • How to effectively introduce electrical stimulation into your needling practice.
  • The details why different settings of electrical stimulation matter for effective pain management.

Don’t wait!

Do you need CEU credits but can’t find the time to go to a class

Let online education help you out!

Learn at your own pace, in your ideal environment!

You’re a busy professional. You need to balance your career, home life and find time to continue your education.

As long as you have Internet access you can access the course from anywhere.

Advance your career in areas of focused study, geared towards your personal learning goals.

Becoming an expert takes time. It takes continuous study and practice. When you gain knowledge you are advancing your professional career. Online learning gives you the opportunity to focus on the skills you need.

Topics that you enjoy.

Select topics that interest you. Topics that you find fascinating. Online distance learning allows you to find topics that might not be available locally.

Learn at your own pace.

Everyone has their own rhythm. Some people only need to hear a lecture once and take perfect notes, while others might need to listen more than once. Online learning gives you the option to repeat a lecture for maximum affect.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) Information

Athletic Trainers:

Structure and Function Education (BOC AP# P10069) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 2.5 EBP Category hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program

Physical Therapists:

Texas Physical Therapy Association has approved this course for 4.30 Continuing Competence Unit(s) (CCUs); Course Approval Number 71514TX, Approval Valid from 12/10/2019 – 12/10/2021


Structure and Function Education is a PACE Recognized Provider. This course is designated for 4.25 Continuing Education Units. PACE is a division of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, and serves Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming

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Full Course Description

What will you learn as a student in this Course?

  • Learn the physiological and biochemical processes of pain
  • Better understand the “bio” component of the biopsychosocial model of pain management
  • Improve their selection of different therapeutic modalities based on pain management principles
  • Learn how can dry needling be integrated into practice for the purpose of managing pain.
  • Learn the physiologic processes tied to dry needling’s use for pain management. 
  • Explore the literature related to electrical stimulation settings and the effects on opioid release in the body. 
  • Understand how to integrate dry needling into their practice if their practice act allows for the tool to be used.

What’s included in this course?

  • Five lessons including, one hour of video
  • Follow along with a written download of the course content
  • Four article readings
  • Course Completion quiz

Reading materials

All reading materials are downloaded through PubMed free PMC.

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What others have said about this course.

Great information for anyone dealing with patient pain and wanting to incorporate e-stim with your dry needling practice or without needles. Too often practitioners use the default settings on the machines without really manipulating what they can do – need to be more creative than what the default settings offer! Thanks for the research/review too!

I felt this online course covered content that is not usually discussed among athletic training content. I had to go back to my undergraduate therapeutic exercise course and review the information to truly understand, but once I reviewed the information and completed the course I remembered how valuable and necessary this information is for a comprehensive treatment plan.

Brian and Sue, great course! I loved the deep dive into neurophysiology, as I believe this is a key contributor to sports and athletic performance that is often overlooked.

This made me look at pain and pain management differently, in a practical way. I feel ready to begin applying it immediately.

This course is absolutely amazing. Sue and Brian have so much knowledge and having the ability to access their brains online is even easier for someone with a crazy schedule

I think that this was a great course and highly encourage others to take it. Best way to understand chronic pain management as well as how dry needling fits in as a modality option for these patients.

Meet Your Instructors

Brian Hortz, PhD AT

Born in Camden, NJ, Brian received a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine from Denison University, a masters degree in sports medicine from Ohio University and his doctoral degree in Exercise Science from Ohio State University.

Dr. Hortz is an Instructor and the Director of Research and Education for Structure & Function Education. He has been teaching with Structure & Function Education for several years. Dr. Hortz teaches the Foundations and Advanced courses.

In addition to his work with Structure & Function Education, he also has a concierge practice and continues to work one-on-one with athletes to make them well.


Born in Buffalo, NY, Sue received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She continued her education by earning a master’s degree in human movement science, with a concentration in sports medicine, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sue is the founder of Structure & Function Education, an education company dedicated to educating health care professionals and author of Bridge the Gap from Rehab to Performance. She holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA).

Sue is a speaker and has presented at state, national and international level conferences. She’s a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified orthopedic manual therapist for the spine (COMT), a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT- 200) through Yoga Alliance.

Sue worked at Athletes’ Performance, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the US Soccer’s Men’s National Team and has a private practice for professional players. She was also named a Distinguished Alumni at Daemen College and has been inducted into her high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame (Kenmore West).

Pricing Information

Just this Course

$ 125 One Time
  • 1 Year access

Monthly Subscription

$ 19.99 Monthly
  • Total cost $240 per year.
  • 3-day free trial!
  • Monthly membership.
  • Cancel any time!
  • Access to all online classes!
  • Access to class discussions.
  • Access to the subscriber only community.
  • Live Q&A sessions with Sue, Brian and other S&F Education instructors.

Yearly Subscription

$ 199.00 Annually
  • Save $40 over the monthly cost
  • 3-day free trial!
  • Yearly membership.
  • Cancel any time!
  • Access to all online classes!
  • Access to class discussions.
  • Access to the subscriber only community.
  • Live Q&A sessions with Sue, Brian and other S&F Education instructors.

Satisfaction Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied with the course within the first 30 days after your first payment but before you have taken the final exam, you can get a refund. We’ll cancel the course immediately upon your refund request and issue the refund to your credit card though our processor Stripe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the course delivered

The course is a series of video lectures and readings. The student is allowed to proceed at their own pace. The is an exam at then end that the student needs to pass.

How soon can use the techniques learned in my practice?

You can use it immediately after passing the exam.

How long do I have access to the course?

You will have full access to the course for 6 months starting on the date of purchase.


If you want to elevate your practice by better understanding pain and how to better use electrical stimulation and dry needling, this course is for you. 

Applying Pain Science to Clinical Practice

The Applying Pain Science to Clinical Practice course will provide a therapist a better understanding of the biology and physiology of pain, and how to appropriately use this information when making decisions about the use of several different modalities in clinical practice.

Course Provider: Organization

Course Provider Name: Structure & Function Education

Course Provider URL:

Course Mode: Online

Course Workload: PT4H15M

Duration: PT4H15M

Repeat Count: 1

Repeat Frequency: Daily

Course Type: Paid

Course Currency: USD

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