Mechanism-Based Pain Typing in Adults with Chronic Pain and the Initial Examination

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

virtual on Zoom


1.5 Contact Hours awarded

Presented by: Elke Schaumberg, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor JWU  


  • Differentiate between nociceptive, neuropathic, nociplastic, and mixed pain types based on the neurophysiological mechanisms mediating the pain experience.
  • Describe subjective and objective findings when a patient presents with the neurobiological pain types focusing on nociplastic pain.
  • Briefly describe 2-3 evidence-based interventions most effectively addressing the nociplastic pain type



Dr. Elke Schaumberg graduated with her master’s in physical therapy from the University of Colorado—Health Sciences Center in 1995, after completing a bachelor’s degree in science at the University of Colorado in Boulder in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Religious Studies. After ten years of practice in outpatient physical therapy, where she treated individuals with longstanding pain conditions, Dr. Schaumberg completed her t-Doctor in Physical Therapy at Simmons College. In 2020, she completed her PhD in Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. Dr. Schaumberg’s research interests are centered around the following primary topic areas: 1) the assessment practices (to include assessing for a history of trauma/abuse) of physical therapists when evaluating individuals with chronic pain, 2) physical therapy interventions (to include the use of CBT techniques) aimed at reducing the central mediation of the pain experience, 3) educational interventions aimed at improving the pain and trauma literacy of physical therapists, and 4) equity in physical therapy admissions practices. Elke’s research has been accepted for presentation internationally at the International Association for the Study of Pain’s World Congress; nationally, at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference; and locally through the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute’s Fall Symposium and Lifespan’s Annual Research Day. In her faculty position at Franklin Pierce University, Dr. Schaumberg developed and taught Franklin Pierce’s first Pain Science class. She is an Assistant Professor at Johnson and Wales in the developing Doctor of Physical Therapy program. When she is not working, Dr. Schaumberg enjoys spending time with her adult children, husband, and two springer spaniels.




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