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Occupational Health:
Building a Successful Practice the Right Way!

presented by:
Occupational Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG), Orthopaedic Section, APTA
Friday, October 14, 2016

Club Quarters Hotel
75 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

Come away with tools to enhance services and outcomes in worker rehabilitation Starting or developing an occupational health component to your practice can be challenging. Finding clients, finding time, finding the resources to build your knowledge base, and building a network of mentors and peers to exchange ideas with are just some of the barriers you may encounter. No sense going through it alone! Let your fellow physical therapists that are experienced occupational health specialists help guide you to success.

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*Discount for multiple Orthopaedic Section Member registrants! 


The Orthopaedic Section's Best Selling Independent Study Course is Now Available! 
ISC 26.2, Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, 4th ed.

In 2001 we assessed and compiled the Orthopaedic Sections first comprehensive reference on practice within our specialty, titled Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Since our first publication in 2001, advances in the field of orthopaedics and the expansion of evidence for the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions continue. We last provided an update to this series in 2011. We are pleased to now offer the 4th edition of Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

Are you:
*wanting a resource for your library?
*sitting for the OCS exam?
*new to the orthopaedic setting?

This course is for YOU!  Click here for more details and to pre-order your copy!

2017 Call for Candidates

The Orthopaedic Section Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominations for Vice President and Nominating Committee Member.  If you are aware of an Orthopaedic Section Member who would like to run for an Orthopaedic Section office, please fill out the Orthopaedic Section Nomination Form and return to the Orthopaedic Section office. Additionally, feel free to nominate yourself if YOU are interested in running!

Nominations are due to the Section office on or before September 1, 2016

Orthopaedic Research Grant Now Accepting Applications

Funds emerging investigators exploring clinical outcomes of physical therapy practice for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. This grant will provide $40,000 for either one or two year projects. This grant is generously funded by the Orthopaedic Section Endowment Fund. Learn more about Eligibility and Guidelines. (New for 2016 please read!)

Application Deadline: August 3, 2016. 12:00 Noon EDT.
Award Notification: December 2016.

2017_Save_the_Date_Ad2016 Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting

Treating the Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Can Art, Science, and Practice Guidelines All Get Along?
Meeting Highlights

The recently held 4th Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, focused on the benefits and challenges of using the clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to manage individuals with dysfunction in the cervical and lumbar spine. Dr. Julie Fritzs keynote presentation on moving the practice of physical therapy forward by using the practice guidelines and understanding care pathways was followed by a healthy discussion lead by a panel of experts. This collegial interchange set the tone for the meeting and was followed by a wonderful reception where physical therapists and physical therapy assistants could mingle with the speakers and the Orthopaedic Section Board of Directors.

The format for the following two days was similar to past years, beginning with a 2-hour general session in the morning followed by a round of smaller-concurrent laboratory breakout sessions. This year, the leaders of the breakout sessions gave their topic lectures during the general session. This modification allowed all lecturing to be completed in the morning so that the breakout sessions could immediately start with practicing skills required to apply the content of the lectures to a case example.  Read on.

As the Orthopaedic Section continues to grow and expand this Annual Meeting, we will continue to assess and measure feedback from attendees and Section members in an effort to provide quality continuing education to advance clinical practice. We would like to thank all of the presenters, exhibitors, and attendees for making this event a great success! If you missed out this year, please mark your calendars for April 20-22, 2017, for the 5th Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting in San Diego, California. Stay tuned for details regarding this upcoming Annual Meeting!

Auto_Injury_Brochure_FINAL_Page_1In 2014, an estimated 2.3 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes (http://www.iii.org/issue-update/auto-crashes). Are you ready to help this population?

ISC25.1, Orthopaedic Care in Auto Injury

Another quick hitter option, this 3-monograph set (15 contact hours) addresses the unique aspects of evaluating and treating the patient following an automobile accident. Using an evidence-based approach, the authors present classification models and special considerations that need to be included to achieve an ideal outcome for this type of patient. Unique legal aspects of care are also covered. These include documentation, expert witness, and disclosure protocols for auto accident patients. One author supplements his text with 26 online video clips; check this course out soon.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has announced the 2016 Honors and Awards Program recipients, and it is my pleasure to inform you that the following Orthopaedic Section members have been selected by APTAs Board of Directors to receive the following awards.  Read on.

Imaging Education Manual Now Available

The Imaging Education Manual has been created to facilitate the continued development of imaging instruction in physical therapist education and to heighten awareness among academic and clinical faculty of the legislative and regulatory issues the physical therapy profession is facing. The IEM provides resource information to assist faculty in curriculum planning and imaging instruction in both academic and clinical venues. The ultimate goal is that all physical therapist professional educational programs provide appropriate imaging education based on sound evidence, current APTA positions/policies, and projected future practice models as endorsed by the APTA Vision Statement and other association documents.

Click here to access this document and resource list.

 Physical Therapy or Advanced Imaging as First Management Strategy Following a New Consultation for Low Back Pain in Primary Care:
Associations with Future Health Care Utilization and Charges

Fritz JM, Brennan GP, Hunter SJ. Physical therapy or advanced imaging as first management strategy following a new consultation for low back pain in primary care: Association with future health care utilization and charges. Health Services Research. 2015. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.12301

This study is an excellent example of health care utilization research in physical therapy. In this retrospective analysis, individuals with low back pain (LBP) who sought primary care and were initially referred for advanced imaging had a higher one-year health care utilization ($4,793 on average) than those individuals who were initially referred to physical therapy. Additionally, the odds of all utilization outcomes were higher for patients who received advanced imaging first compared to those that received physical therapy first. This study concluded that patients who consulted a primary care provider for uncomplicated LBP and received health care beyond primary care had lower medical charges and decreased need for future health care if they started with physical therapy as compared to advanced imaging. Read on.


It is our pleasure and privilege to congratulate the following Orthopaedic Residencies that have been newly credentialed by APTA

Orthopaedic Section Clinical Research Network (CRN) Grant Update

Creation of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Investigative Network (OPT-IN) for the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort Study. Read on.

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