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Program Information & Daily Schedule

Friday, April 5, 2015:  
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

General Session:

Structuring Non-Pharmacological Pain Management Delivered by Physical Therapists
This general session consists of perspectives from three prominent speakers in the area pain research that will ultimately culminate into clinical practice strategies for structuring non-pharmacological pain management delivered by physical therapists. Recent clinical practice guidelines recommend non-pharmacological interventions as ‘front line’ treatment options for acute and chronic pain conditions – which provides a unique opportunity for the physical therapy profession. This general session will be divided into three components, with each speaker providing their take on structuring non-pharmacological pain management. The first lecture focuses on concepts related to clinical identification of pain mechanisms (i.e., peripheral sensitization, central sensitization, and neuropathic). The second lecture focuses on risk stratification for psychologically informed practice (PiP) and improving outcome prediction for musculoskeletal pain. The third lecture will focus on implications for enhancing patient engagement opportunities when delivering PiP. These lectures will conclude with interactive panel discussion with the audience. Subsequent implementation focused breakout sessions will use case study presentations to optimize transfer of this information to enhance clinical practice and provide participants with active engagement opportunities.
Speakers: Steven Z. George, PT, PhD, FAPTA; Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA; Stephen T. Wegener, PhD, ABPP

Concurrent Breakout Sessions:  

Following the general session on Friday, three concurrent breakout sessions will be offered. The registrant will attend all three breakout sessions following the morning general session, based on order of preference indicated on the registration form. Note, individuals registering early will receive priority with selecting their order of attending these breakout sessions.

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Breakout Session #1: Identification of Pain Mechanisms in Patient Populations
Speaker: Kathleen A. Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Lab Assistant:  Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA

Breakout Session #2: Put Psychologically Informed Practice in Action – Tips for Exercise and Activity Prescription
Speaker: Steven Z. George, PT, PhD, FAPTA
​Lab Assistant:  Jason Benecuik, DPT, PhD, MPH

Breakout Session #3: Patient Engagement Skills: Improving Engagement, Improving Outcomes
Speaker: Stephen T. Wegener, PhD, ABPP
​Lab Assistant:  Carolyn McManus, MSPT, MA

Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

General Session:

Addressing Pain Problems Through the Use of Movement Science
This general session will bring together 4 expert clinicians and researchers who share one thing in common: the use of movement science to address pain problems. This unique program will be divided into four sections, with each presenter providing their unique perspectives regarding the use of movement science to address knee, lumbar spine, hip, or shoulder pain. The first section of this program will set the stage by using knee and low back pain mediums to explain how the movement science approach not only provides a peripheral pain modulating mechanism, but also inherent elements of cortical or sub-cortical pain modulation underpinnings (e.g. placebo vs. cognitive-behavioral model/central mechanism). The second section of the program will focus on the importance of using skill training to address impairments of movement and pain associated postural strategies, which are commonly associated with low back pain. The third section will provide insight into the importance of targeting movement system impairments to address intra-articular, pre-arthritic hip disorders. The fourth section will offer shoulder classification and treatment strategies that stem from an understanding of the relationships between shoulder pain, movement impairments, and muscle activation impairments. The session will close with an interactive panel discussion/question and answer period, leaving adequate time for stimulating dialogue.
Speakers: Skulpan Asavasopon, PT, PhD, OCS; Marcie Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT, MSCI; Phil McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA; Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Saturday Concurrent Breakout Sessions:  

Following the general session on Saturday, four concurrent breakout sessions will be offered. The registrant will attend three out of four breakout sessions following the morning general session, based on order of preference indicated on the registration form. Note: space is limited, and therefore the attendee’s breakout session assignments will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Breakout Session #4: Classification that Drives Rehabilitation with Consideration of Relationships between Pain, Movement, and Muscle Activation: Practical Strategies and Techniques for Management of Common Shoulder Problems
Speaker: Phil McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA
​Lab Assistant:  Brian Eckenrode, PT, DPT, OCS

Breakout Session #5: Intra-articular, Prearthritic Hip Disorders and the Move-ment System
Speaker: Marcie Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT, MSCI
​Lab Assistant:  Nancy Bloom, PT, DPT, MSOT

Breakout Session #6: A Cognitive-Biomechanical Approach to Knee and Low Back Pain – How to Do It?
Speaker: Skulpan Asavasopon, PT, PhD, OCS
Lab Assistant:  Jason Tonley, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Breakout Session #7: Implementing Skill Training in the Treatment of People with Low Back Pain: The Why and the How
Speaker: Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, FAPTA
​Lab Assistant:  Vanessa Lanier, PT, DPT, OCS


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