• This is archived programming for APTA Conference 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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    Thursday, June 27

    Managing Neck Pain: Prognosis, Treatment, and Outcomes Using a Classification System

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

    Speakers: Susan Edmond, PT, DSc, OCS; Guillermo Cutrone, PT, DSc, OCS; Mark Werneke, PT

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    Classifying patients into subgroups based on clinical characteristics and matching these subgroups to management strategies can improve patient outcomes from physical therapy interventions. Nevertheless, there is insufficient evidence on how to classify patients with neck pain to inform interventions that optimize outcomes, especially with regard to centralization and directional preference. In this session, the speakers will present the findings of their study of 352 subjects with neck pain, including centralization and directional preference during the initial evaluation, as well as function and pain during the initial evaluation and at discharge. Clinical implications relating to prognosis, treatment, and outcomes will be discussed, including the utility of identifying centralization and directional preference in patients with neck pain as a component of a treatment-based classification paradigm.

    Evidence-based Practice of Musculoskeletal Imaging In Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Lower Extremities

    Time: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Joel Fallano, PT, DPT,MS, OCS; Aimee Klein, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS

    CEUs: 0.25 (2.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    The ability to read musculoskeletal images and interpret observations can enhance PTs’ understanding of the pathology and their ability to educate patients. It can also improve diagnostic accuracy, help determine optimal interventions, and enhance clinical decision making regarding when to treat and when to refer for a medical and/or surgical consult. This session will review a wide spectrum of imaging principles, including the rationale for certain imaging modalities and the role and limitations of specific image sequences. The speakers will use actual patient cases to present strategies for identifying normal anatomy and common musculoskeletal pathology. Attendees will learn how to integrate and apply imaging findings into clinical practice. Note: this session is utilizing a web-based audience response system to interact with the audience in real-time and display the results. Audience participation is optional. Attendees will be using their own phone, laptop or tablet PC (data usage rates will apply). APTA will not assume any responsibility for any charges incurred for your personal access.

    Musculoskeletal Tissue Healing: Updates and Critical Clinical Decision Making

    Time: 3:45 pm-5:15 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Michael T. O'Donnell, PT, DPT; Stephen Reischl, PT, DPT, OCS

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    This session will review the basic science literature as it pertains to injury, healing, and adaptation of tissues injured in common musculoskeletal conditions. The speakers will address the rate of repair and the extent of regeneration for bone, cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. The impact on the rate of healing and the regenerative capacity of these various body tissues produced by the inflammatory response, systemic health conditions such as diabetes or metabolic syndrome, as well as commonly used medications like NSAIDs will be discussed. Patient case studies will be presented to illustrate how this knowledge base guides clinicians in their decision-making process.

    Friday, June 28

    Safe Return to Sports and Prevention of Re-injury for Young Athletes

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

    Speakers: Betty A. McNeff, PT, DPT, PCS; Alex Altamiranda, PT, DPT, SCS

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    The growth of sports participation by young athletes has led to an overwhelming increase in sports-related injuries. Insurance companies are pushing for earlier discharge from rehabilitation, placing physical therapists (PTs) at a disadvantage when planning and implementing a safe return to sports in the advanced stages of recovery. Better rehabilitation strategies are needed to accommodate to the changing health care environment. In this session, the speakers will present a proposed innovative ACO model to accommodate the gap that currently exists between typical patient/client discharge to return to sports in an effort to prevent re-injury and promote a lifetime of sports participation.

    Saturday, June 29

    Common Medications and Their Effects on Physical Activity

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

    Speakers: R. Barry Dale, PT, PhD, ATC, SCS, OCS, CSCS; Peter C. Panus, PhD, PT

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    The physical therapist should be aware of the potential interactions of commonly prescribed and OTC drugs and physical activity. This course presents current, evidence-based information about prototypical examples of various drug classes and their effects upon exercise.

    Management of TMJ Disorders: A Simple and Effective Approach for All Physical Therapists

    Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Sally Ho, PT, DPT, OCS; Larry Ho, PT, DPT, OCS, Doctor of Physical Therapy

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    This session is designed for physical therapists who are interested in learning about the current evidence-based management of temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders. According to epidemiological studies, TMJ disorders affect 50%-75% of the general population. Physical therapy has been recognized as an effective intervention for these disorders. However, many PTs consider management of patients with TMJ disorders a type of specialized care. The presenters will empower participants with the knowledge and confidence to care for patients with TMJ disorders.

    Stress-Induced Hyperalgesia: Clinical Implications for the Physical Therapist

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

    Speakers: Carolyn A. McManus, PT, MS, MA

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    For many patients, stress amplifies pain and complicates healing. This session will highlight the role of stress in common musculoskeletal conditions. The speakers will present current laboratory research examining stress-induced nervous system changes resulting in hyperalgesia. Clinicians will learn evidence-based strategies to reduce the adverse consequences of stress on healing and pain management.

    The Pediatric Elbow

    Time: 2:30 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Trevor Winnegge, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

    CEUs: .15 (1.5 contact hours/CCUs)

    This session will present the latest in evidence-based medicine for the most common pediatric orthopedic elbow disorders. The speakers will review pediatric elbow complex anatomy, as well as the latest evidence on medial elbow disorders and the latest recommendations on throwing programs, pitch counts, and pitch type. In addition, attendees will learn about the management of lateral and posterior elbow disorders, including Panner disease and posterior impingement, and pediatric elbow trauma, including dislocations and the most common fractures. Clinicians will take away the tools necessary to successfully integrate sound, evidence-based management and prevention strategies into the care of pediatric patients with elbow dysfunction.

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