Aphora Pain Education

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About Us

Jim Stark MS PT

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Who: Jim is a physical therapist with 25 years of experience in helping those with persisting and chronic pain. He has presented over 40 educational programs for physical therapists, physicians, social workers, therapy patients and the general public. 

What: Our mission is to increase the quality of pain care through education, seminars for physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers. We also offer small group mentoring for physical therapists.

Where: We deliver in house courses in your facility. Our programs are designed to be practical yet they deliver a paradigm shift. 

Why:  Chronic pain is epidemic in the United States and much of the credit for the increasing number of people in pain is the poor care that the entire medical community has offered those in pain. The science of pain is still not being taught to most physicians and therapists, even those currently in training. We are dedicated to helping those in chronic pain by spreading the most up to date science and understanding of pain and non medicine treatments to those living with pain as well as clinicians who care for those living with chronic pain. 

You do not see what you do not look for. You do not look for what you do not believe exists.

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The health care field has shamefully neglected to follow the bourgeoning field of pain research. The model most physicians and therapists use to understand pain associates pain with poor posture or tissue damage. Unfortunately, although this is definitely a part of the picture, it misses many crucial aspects of a pain experience.

For Physical and Occupational therapists

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These rehabilitation professionals have  unique advantages in working with people living with persistent pain. They have time to allow the patient to fully tell their story, the are expected to help the patient regain movement, and they touch people. Unfortunately,  often we perpetuate the old messages. Learning the up to date information helps tremendously. If your  promise is to "fix" your patient, it's very likely you do not understand the complexity of pain.