In 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.
2016 Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting
Treating the Cervical and Lumbar Spine: Can Art, Science, and Practice Guidelines All Get Along?
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!
ISC 26.1, Outcomes in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice will be available shortly!
This course provides a comprehensive review of commonly used outcome measures in physical therapy practice today. Patient-reported and performance-based outcome measures are covered. The scales and measures are also presented according to their application to the extremity or spine. A unique monograph on cognition and affect is also included. Psychometric and clinimetric principles are reviewed throughout.Order your copy today!
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
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY CREDENTIALED AND RECREDENTIALED RESIDENCY PROGRAMS!!
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