Application of Pain Sciences

Upstate Medical University Department of PT Education, is pleased to offer Advanced Applications of Pain Sciences. This two-day REMOTE learning (8 contact hours) post professional continuing education course will help you to update knowledge, enhance clinical decision making, and transform practice.

Day One: Saturday, February 20th - 8 am to 2:30 pm

Day Two: Wednesday, February 24th - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


This will be hosted over Zoom and links will be sent to registrants prior to the course.

Instructor:   Michael Costello PT, DSC, OCS, MTC

     Assistant Professor, Ithaca College Physical Therapy Department

     Instructor and Mentor, Cayuga Medical Center Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

     and Spine Fellowship Programs


Dr. Mike Costello, PT, DSc, OCS, MTC  

Dr. Costello is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Ithaca College, where he teaches courses addressing the management of orthopedic conditions, psychosocial aspects of patient care, and clinical research. Prior to joining the faculty at Ithaca College, he was the founding Director/Coordinator of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and Spine Fellowship Program at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY, where he continues to mentor and teach courses related to clinical reasoning, management of spinal conditions, clinical application of pain sciences, and manual therapy. He continues to work in clinical practice with individuals with persistent neuro-musculo-skeletal pain conditions, with a focus on performing artists.

Course Description: Research investigating pain mechanisms has demanded a transformation of patient management paradigms. In this course, we explore the clinical application of this research in the management of patients with complex pain conditions, with a focus on integrating new research into practice. Participants will learn to develop effective treatment plans for individuals with chronic spine pain, headaches, radiculopathy, fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome.


  • Identify dominant pain mechanisms contributing to a patient presentation.
  • Prioritize examination and treatment strategies to improve outcomes for complex pain cases.
  • Develop specific education strategies based on the patient’s readiness for change to improve patient outcomes.
  • Justify”” top-down” and “bottom-up” interventions based on relevant pain mechanisms.
  • Incorporate cognitive behavioral strategies into a comprehensive management plan, including graded exposure, activity pacing, meditation, and cognitive restructuring.

This course is open to Physicians and Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists and PT assistants, Occupational Therapists and OT assistants, Athletic Trainers, and other professionals that work with patients or clients in pain. 

SUNY Upstate Medical University is a New York State Education Department Office of the Professions Approved Provider of Continuing Education for Physical Therapy.  Eight (8) contact hours of continuing education credit will be provided to PT participants in the course.

Course fee: $150.  A discounted price of $125 is offered to current Upstate Medical University employees (SUNY Upstate Employee ID # required).

Event proceeds (after expenses) will be donated to the Susan Miller Physical Therapy Education Professional Development Fund to support Upstate DPT student professional activities.

For more information contact:  Dr. Michelle Dolphin at

Online registation is now closed.