Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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Orthopaedic physical therapists treat patients across the lifespan and are committed to enhancing patient’s physical and functional performance. The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy's 2019 Annual Orthopaedic Meeting will explore this responsibility specifically in the areas of rehabilitation dosing and patient mobility. From recovery after ACL injury to complications after total knee arthroplasty, the team of experts will integrate best available evidence in hot topic areas and enhance participant learning with exciting and hands on laboratory breakouts.

On Day 1 of the program, participants will recognize the key challenges that face adolescents and young adults with ACL injury, recognize the impairments and the best evidence based interventions to mitigate risk and enhance their outcomes, and maximize their protection from re-injury and long term complications.

On Day 2, the unique role of blood flow restriction as an innovative exercise approach will be explored from the acute post-operative time period through the inevitable sarcopenia seen in geriatrics. On Day 2, the treating therapist will be inspired to enhance mobility of their older adult patients, rediscover how to evaluate and re-design mobility enhancing rehabilitation programs. The participants will also gain the knowledge and manual therapy skills to maximize mobility after total knee arthroplasty. This 2-day event will inspire therapists to question what they do and embrace what can be done as we enhance patient performance across the lifespan!

Program Objectives

At the end of this meeting, the Physical Therapist, Resident, Fellow, DPT student, and PhD student will be able to:

  1. Apply progressions on balance, plyometric and strengthening exercises in a comprehensive off-season ACL injury prevention program.
  2. Facilitate a field-based (or court-based) primary ACL injury prevention program.
  3. Perform clinic-friendly assessments of strength, function, and quality of movement and interpret findings to inform clinical practice.
  4. Identify interventions to address high risk movement pattern asymmetries present after ACL reconstruction
  5. Gain insight into the prescription and clinical utilization of Blood Flow Restriction
  6. Describe the benefits of manual therapy and unique considerations when approaching an artificial joint
  7. Identify appropriate measures of mobility for individual cases taking into consideration key issues of purpose, practicality and psychometric properties. 
  8. Understand and implement stepping tasks and walking patterns to facilitate motor skill and efficiency of walking, to include criteria for dose and progression 
  9. Generate and explore task-oriented motor learning tasks and activities relative to specific problems of walking, settings or groups of older adults; discuss opportunities to expand the motor skill of walking exercise into clinical and daily life practice

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