Archive: APTA Conference 2013 Programming: Emerging Practice

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    Thursday, June 27

    Successful Management of the Chronically-Constipated Patient

    Time: 8:00 am-9:30 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Lila Abbate, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, WCS

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    This presentation allows the PT/PTA to recognize anatomical structures and pelvic floor muscle tone changes and their implication relating to chronic constipation. Management relating to pelvic floor muscle treatment whether objective findings are hypotonic, hypertonic or paradoxical pelvic floor muscle tone, food/liquid diaries and use of over-the-counter products and use of prescription medication relating to constipation will be discussed. Biofeedback assessment, including paradoxical pelvic floor muscle function, and a home biofeedback program will be discussed.

    Domestic Violence: The Role of the Physical Therapist

    Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Claudia B. Fenderson, PT, EdD, PCS

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    The CDC reports that each year women experience nearly 5 million intimate partner–related physical assaults and rapes and men experience almost 3 million intimate partner–related physical assaults. Victims of domestic violence receive more than 974,000 physical therapy visits for related injuries. This interactive session will present an overview of domestic violence, specifically intimate partner violence, in the United States, including demographics, signs and symptoms of domestic violence, and patterns of injury. The speaker will address characteristics of the abuser and abused, dispel common myths pertaining to domestic violence, and cover barriers to addressing domestic violence. The role of the physical therapist, including assessment, referral, and documentation, will be addressed.

    Friday, June 28

    A World of Hurt: Exploring New Solutions in Managing Patients with Chronic Pain

    Time: 8:00 am-9:30 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Matthew Heintzelman, PT, DPT, Cert MDT; Waldemar Hogerwaard, BICT; Albère Köke, PT, PhD

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    There is increasing evidence that not only physical but also psychosocial factors influence pain and daily functioning with musculoskeletal pain. In patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain, pain-related fear is associated with impaired physical performance and increased self-reported disability. Effective skilled intervention includes integrating exercise with operant and cognitive learning theories and using patient education to reduce negative attitudes and beliefs that mediate avoidance behavior. This session will present new solutions and unique strategies to treat patients with chronic pain syndrome. Attendees will learn both the theory and its daily application, best clinical approaches, and how to detect psychosocial factors using measurement tools.

    Managing an Equinus Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy

    Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Judy Carmick, PT, MA

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)


    Contrary to traditional thought, research shows that calf muscles are weaker than the tibialis anterior, but myth and controversy makes it difficult for practitioners to select an approach to manage an equinus gait.  Many methods are available, solid ankle-foot orthoses, surgery, Botulinum toxin and electrical stimulation.  This presentation will use case studies with videos and photographs to examine the evidence of the outcomes from the use of these options to manage an equinus gait. 

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