Physical Therapy Conference in San Diego Highlights Best Practices in Patient Care

Physical Therapy Professionals from 18 APTA Specialty Sections Expected to Attend 

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 18, 2013 — APTA will hold its Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) January 21-24 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. More than 9,000 physical therapy professionals and students are expected to attend the 4-day meeting, which includes programming designed by all 18 of APTA's specialty interest sections. A record 1,753 board-certified specialists are scheduled to attend, including 227 presenters.

The CSM Exhibit Hall will showcase more than 700 booths including over 500 exhibiting companies, making this the largest exhibit hall in CSM history. The meeting will also include 300 education sessions and more than 700 posters.

Physical therapy professionals will receive an equivalent of 2.2 continuing education units (CEUs) for attending CSM 2013, and may earn additional CEUs for attending educational sessions held during the meeting.

"The Combined Sections Meeting offers physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills, and network with some of the most prolific contributors to physical therapy practice and education in the profession," said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS. "When physical therapists increase their knowledge of best practices in patient care, they are able to help patients increase their mobility and improve their quality of life."

Attendees can navigate the meeting using APTA's CSM 2013 mobile app. The app is available for Droid, iPhone, iPad, and iTouch. It allows attendees to view the CSM schedule, speakers, locations, and start times of any sessions.

APTA sections represented at CSM are: Acute Care, Aquatic Physical Therapy, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management, Education, Geriatrics, Hand Rehabilitation, Health Policy and Administration, Home Health, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Private Practice, Research, Sports Physical Therapy, Veteran's Affairs, and Women's Health. For more information on CSM, visit

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