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    Thursday, June 7

    Introduction to Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging of the Extremities

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Laura R. Doskocil, PT, DPT; Joel Fallano, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Musculoskeletal imaging is rapidly becoming an integral part of physical therapist practice. Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI) is one imaging modality that is evolving as an adjunctive tool for the physical therapist. RUSI can help the clinician understand and educate patients about the pathology, etiology, and the rationale for recommended interventions. RUSI has the potential to enhance clinical research and aid in improving evidenced-based practice. The speakers will discuss the technique and application of RUSI, as well as the rationale, role, and limitations of RUSI in clinical practice. Participants will learn how to integrate and apply RUSI findings into their overall musculoskeletal clinical practice.

    Diagnostic Imaging of the Spine: Medical Screening & Integration With Daily Decision Making

    Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Charles Hazle, PT, PhD

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This 3-hour session will discuss the indications for imaging, imaging modalities, and the interpretation of results within the triage system by PTs for patients with apparent neck and back pain clinical syndromes. In addition to identifying patients with potentially serious presentations requiring imaging and/or additional medical consultation, emphasis will be placed on integrating imaging results into patient management and education. The best available clinical examination procedures, established imaging appropriateness criteria, and supported clinical decision-making tools will serve as the substantive basis for integrating diagnostic imaging, medical screening, and daily decision making at the time of initial presentation and during on-going care.

    Friday, June 8

    Introduction to Trigger Point Dry Needling/Intramuscular Manual Therapy

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Tamer S. Issa, PT, DPT, OCS; Keri Maywhort, PT

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Trigger point dry needling (TDN), or intramuscular manual therapy (IMT), is a technique that is fast taking hold in physical therapist practices across the United States as well as internationally. Currently 24 states, APTA, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical therapists have acknowledged that TDN/IMT is within the scope of PT practice. Dry needling is an adjunct to manual therapy that can be invaluable for patient treatment and outcomes. This session will explain what TDN/IMT is, how it differs from acupuncture, how research supports its use, and when it is appropriate. Note: This course will not teach the technique itself.

    Getting the Injured Runner Back on the Road: Integrating Biomechanical Motion Analysis Data Into Clinical Decision Making

    Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Eric Berkson, MD; David Nolan, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CSCS

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    With an estimated 30 million runners nationwide, lower-extremity injuries are quite common. This course will analyze the most common running-related injuries, identify contributing factors, and determine the best evidence for treatment and prevention. Clinicians will learn strategies for recognizing intrinsic factors and evidence-based rehabilitation interventions. The speakers will demonstrate the concepts presented using patient case studies, including video analysis and biomechanical data from motion analysis. Attendees will leave with the tools necessary to successfully integrate sound, video, evidence-based management, and prevention strategies into the care of patients with running-related injuries.

    Effectiveness of Deep Water Running for Improving Health and Fitness in Athletes, Sedentary Adults, and Select Patient Populations

    Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Sandra L. Cassady, PT, PhD

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    Over 21 million acute musculoskeletal injuries occur in the United States each year, impeding individuals from participating in their usual level of activities at home, work, school, and play. Even highly trained athletes may need to discontinue land-based training to avoid re-injury and prolonged rehabilitation. Deep water running has become popular for these and other patients who have difficulty performing land-based exercise programs. This presentation will examine the benefits of deep water running, its effectiveness, and the best available evidence for this mode of training.

    Saturday, June 9

    Lumbar Rotation as a Key Factor in Low Back Pain: Clinical and Research Evidence

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Nancy Bloom, PT, DPT, MSOT ; Barbara Norton, PT, PhD, FAPTA; Shirley A. Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This course will explore the role of lumbar rotation in low back pain. Clinical research has demonstrated the existence of rotation and rotation-extension, which is a step toward validation of these conditions. The speakers will describe the anatomical and kinesiological characteristics of lumbar rotation, the role of rotation in spinal degeneration, clinical syndromes, and additional syndromes of primary and secondary rotation. In addition, the speakers will provide instruction on diagnosing the syndromes, syndrome-specific exercise, and functional activities.

    Preparing Your Patients for the Game of Life and Sport: Bridging the Gap Between Physical Therapy and Performance

    Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Arianne Missimer, PT, DPT, RD, LDN, CSCS

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    Although pain is usually a common indicator of healing, it is, in fact, an incomplete outcome measure. Often patients continue to exhibit movement dysfunction at the time of discharge. Therefore, there is a need to integrate performance indicators to determine whether patients are predisposed to further injury. These objective measures can help clinicians establish a movement baseline to assess dysfunctional patterns, movement quality, and behaviors. A scientific and systematic approach encompassing appropriate corrective strategies and sound movement-based training will contribute to successful, pain-free, and functional outcomes.