APTA Virtual Conference: Programming

The following sessions from APTA Conference will stream live from Salt Lake City to APTA Virtual Conference attendees. Virtual registrants also have indefinite access to these sessions via the APTA Learning Center.

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

Livestreaming Time: Thursday, June 27, 10:00 am-11:30 am, ET

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

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.

The 44th Mary McMillan Lecture: The Next Evolution

Livestreaming Time: Thursday, June 27, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, ET

Speakers: Roger M. Nelson, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Evolution is a word that can evoke passionate debate, signal development, or inspire innovation. The evolution of physical therapy will accelerate as we identify and meet patients' needs. When asked why they want to become PTs, students often answer: "I want to help people." This outward focus can prepare PTs for the dramatic changes on the horizon, including new models of patient care, better patient access to information, a greater emphasis on cost containment, and an increased demand for evidence-based practice. This talk will highlight a vision for the profession's next evolution.

Alzheimer Disease and Balance Training: The Tipping Point

Livestreaming Time: Thursday, June 27, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, ET

Speakers: Julie D. Ries, PT, PhD

Historically, it was believed that gait and balance impairments were late sequelae to Alzheimer disease (AD); however, recent evidence has demonstrated their presence earlier in the course of the disease. Balance training has been demonstrated to be successful in improving balance and decreasing falls in older adults, but researchers are only beginning to evaluate balance training in individuals with AD. This session will review the latest evidence on exercise interventions for individuals with AD, offer practical suggestions for creating and implementing successful therapeutic interventions for individuals with AD, and suggest appropriate outcome measures for assessing the effectiveness of these exercise interventions.

Musculoskeletal Tissue Healing: Updates and Critical Clinical Decision Making

Livestreaming Time: Thursday, June 27, 5:45 pm-7:15 pm, ET

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

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.

Innovations in Practice: Collaborative Care Models

Livestreaming Time: Friday, June 28, 10:00 am-11:30 am, ET

Moderator: Roshunda Drummond-Dye, JD

Speakers: Cathy Zarosinski, PT, MS; C. Jason Richardson, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT; Peter Rigby, PT, MPH; Colleen Kigin, PT, DPT, MS, MPA, FAPTA

The success of health care reform depends in part upon the success of new, collaborative models of care in which physical therapists and other health care providers deliver seamless, coordinated, and evidence-based care. Physical therapists are helping to improve health care outcomes, control costs, and improve the health of our population through successful involvement with these models. In this session, attendees will learn about the innovative involvement of physical therapists in new models of health care delivery and payment.

The 18th John H.P. Maley Lecture: Residency Education in Every Town - Is It Just So Simple?

Livestreaming Time: Friday, June 28, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, ET

Speakers: Kornelia Kulig, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT

A set of structural and attitudinal attributes independently and collectively contribute to the growth of a clinical profession. Residency education aims to build on the foundation of clinical and professional education. As such, it has a tremendous potential either to enhance or suppress the trajectory of growth in the physical therapy profession. This lecture will reflect on current and past experiences and identify the existing untapped opportunities that need to be strategically addressed by our profession in residency, fellowship, and preprofessional clinical education.

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

Livestreaming Time: Friday, June 28, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, ET

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

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.

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