Chiropractic CE: Screening for Psychological Factors in Chronic Pain Management Posted on Sep 06, 2023


image of intake form on our chiropractic ce pageCCEDseminars | The Woeld Wide Leader In Chiropractic CE!Chronic pain symptoms and the ability to manage and cope with them can be strongly influenced by psychological factors. These elements can significantly affect clinical improvement, intensify symptoms, and limit self-management abilities. Though well-supported in scientific literature, these concepts are not easily applied in practice. Therefore, practical methods for revealing relevant psychological factors are essential. If you're interested in Chiropractic CE, specifically with CCEDseminars, it's crucial to understand how these psychological factors play a role in chronic pain management.

An Illustration

Let's take the case of a person with chronic low back pain symptoms, with no underlying pathology. Despite receiving an appropriate diagnosis and treatment for the physiological aspects, they experience limited improvement. Understanding their psychological state could provide insights into their treatment response and guide future interventions.

Questionnaires to Use in Your Practice


  • Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ): A 10-item questionnaire that assesses confidence in performing activities despite experiencing pain.
  • 2-item version of the Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ-2): A more concise version of PSEQ, suitable for busy practice settings.

Fear of Movement

  • Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire (FABQ): A 16-item questionnaire that gauges beliefs about how physical activity and work affect low back pain.
  • Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK): A 17-item questionnaire that measures fear of movement.
  • 11-item version of the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK-11): A shorter form of TSK for quicker assessments.

Practical Application

Using standardized questionnaires ensures that screening occurs consistently. Furthermore, the data generated can inform education and other strategies tailored to individual needs, crucial for a holistic approach to care. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or new to the field exploring Chiropractic CE with CCEDseminars, implementing these screening tools can dramatically improve your clinical outcomes.

Additional Questionnaires to Consider


  • Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS): A 13-item questionnaire that measures magnification, rumination, and helplessness.
  • Coping Strategies Questionnaire (CSQ): A 48-item questionnaire that measures coping strategies.


  • Revised Coping Strategies Questionnaire (CSQ-R): A shorter version of CSQ with 27 items.
  • Chronic Pain Coping Inventory (CPCI): A 65-item questionnaire assessing various coping strategies.


Understanding psychological factors is indispensable in chronic pain management and is an essential component of Chiropractic CE, especially for those engaging with CCEDseminars. Using validated questionnaires can help clinicians identify these factors more systematically, leading to better patient outcomes.

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