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How Treating People With Chronic Pain is Similar to Treating Athletes

How Treating People With Chronic Pain is Similar to Treating Athletes

How Treating People With Chronic Pain is Similar to Treating Athletes

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This course was recorded in September 2021


In her blog, Rose-Marie Jarry, Quebec's fastest 800-metre runner and winner of 20 Spartan races, notes that, in order to avoid injury and improve performance, the intensity of training has to follow physiological parameters of effort. What if these training guidelines and other lessons from athlete rehabilitation provide insights for the rehabilitation of people with chronic pain?



As a sports and exercise enthusiast, Ms. Dominique Gilbert focused primarily on orthopedics and sports medicine in the course of her undergraduate studies in Physiotherapy at McGill University. In parallel to her studies, she was assistant director of the sports medicine clinic and trainer for McGill’s football, soccer and basketball teams. After graduation, she continued to perfect her knowledge of orthopedics and manual therapy by attending workshops in Canada and the UK. However, she came to the realization that the treatment options usually suggested all suffered from the same limitations, namely the patient had to remain dependent on the therapist for relief. Progressively, she began to change her therapeutic approach to emphasize patient education and movement, to help the patients achieve a greater degree of autonomy in their own treatment. In fact, she believes that encouraging her patients to adopt active lifestyles during treatment encourages a more realistic self-evaluation of the patient's own physical capabilities. In the course of her career, she has been invited to speak at conferences for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, several rehabilitation centers all over Quebec, the Canadian Institute, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, several insurance companies, the French Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization, and the physical rehabilitation program of McGill University and Université de Montréal. The nature of her work often brings her to work on contentious cases, which forces her to maintain up-to-date knowledge in her field. This is why she pursued a post-graduate diploma in Insurance Medicine and Forensics from the University of Montreal, which she obtained in 2009.

Following her graduation, she became a member of the Quebec Society of Medical Evaluators (SEEMLQ) in 2013, as well as became a member of the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators in 2014. In 2011, she was recognized as a specialist in Pain Science by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is now on the committee for evaluating candidates for the title of specialist. Noticing that there was a lack of knowledge and coherence in the techniques which were taught for diagnosing musculoskeletal pain, she worked on a survey of the literature in this field, to highlight the best methods for evaluating lower back pain.

Her dissertation allowed her to obtain a Masters in Biomedical Science from the University of Montreal in 2015. In 2020, she was asked to help produce videos on the evaluation of low back pain, based on her Masters thesis. These are being included as part of the continuing education program offered by the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) and the Bureau d'évaluation médicale (BEM). She is also member of the Continuing Education Committee of the Société des experts en évaluation medico-légale du Québec.


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Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.
Course Material included in this course
  • How Treating People With Chronic Pain is Similar to Treating Athletes
  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Pain and Injury Have Emotional Consequences
  • Return to Sport
  • Social Factors
  • Attaining Functional Goals
  • Recapitulation
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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