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Translating Science Into Clinical Practice:
A Pain Systems Approach to Treating Those in Pain

CSM 2020 Pre-conference Course
Tuesday, February 11 & Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Our understanding of pain has evolved over recent years, with current evidence supporting a pain mechanisms approach for evaluating and treating those suffering from pain-related conditions. However, many clinicians may not fully understand how to implement this approach into daily clinical practice. This session will teach the clinician about peripheral and central pain mechanisms and how to clinically evaluate and address these using a matched treatment approach. Topics will span from psychosocial factors to motivational interviewing to exercise prescription and beyond. The practicing clinician will engage in practicing quantitative sensory testing, neurodynamics assessments, as well as evidence-based interventions used to treat those who suffer from acute and persistent pain. Case-based discussions and activities and attendee interaction will be a hallmark of this course. Come join the fun in learning how to effectively treat those patients where pain is limiting their ability to function!

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to

  1. Differentiate the characteristics and predisposing factors associated with peripheral and central pain mechanisms.
  2. Describe appropriate evidence-based screening and differential diagnosis procedures for individuals suffering from pain-related conditions.
  3. Implement evidence-based and clinically applicable evaluative procedures for individuals suffering from pain-related conditions.
  4. Apply interventions addressing pain mechanisms within the context of psychosocial factors and maladaptive pain beliefs.

Mark Shepherd, PT, DPT:
Mark H. Shepherd is a physical therapist who holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) and is both board certified in orthopaedics (OCS) and is fellowship trained in orthopaedic manual physical therapy (FAAOMPT). He holds academic appointments at Baylor University Physical Therapy Program, Bellin College, and Rasmussen College and teaches with Evidence in Motion and the International Spine and Pain Institute. Dr. Shepherd has published several peer reviewed articles and presented at both state and national conferences. He continues to practice in clinical care in the state of Maryland.

Derrick Sueki, PT, DPT:
Derrick Sueki PT, PhD, DPT, GCPT graduated from the University of Southern California receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has successfully defended his PhD at Nova Southeastern University. He completed the Post Graduate Certificate Program in Physical Therapy at the University of South Australia with a special emphasis in Manipulative Therapy and Central Pain Mechanisms. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Azusa Pacific University and part time faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Additionally, he is President of Knight Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic clinic located in Garden Grove, California and Azusa Physical Therapy Associates located in Azusa, California. Dr. Sueki is a chief editor of two orthopedic textbooks, Orthopedic Rehabilitation Clinical Advisor and the Orthopedic Physical Assessment Atlas and Video. Dr. Sueki is currently the public relationship chair of the Pain Special Interest Group for the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and serves on the Research Council for the California Section of the APTA and is on the work group tasked with developing a clinical practice guideline for pain education. He currently has several lines of active research focusing on the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying pain memory, associative learning, and the behavioral responses associated with injury.

Katie McBee, PT, DPT:
Katie McBee is the Regional Director of WorkStrategies and National Director of Pain Strategy for Select Medical. In this role she performs trainings, program development, program management and account management for 1700 outpatient physical therapy clinics to improve evidence based practices and outcomes for simple and complex pain conditions. She has a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Bellarmine University and a Master’s in Exercise Physiology Degree from the University of Louisville. She received her board certification as an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialist in 2010. Dr. McBee is adjunct faculty at Bellarmine University. The courses she teaches include: Exercise Physiology, Acute Care, Ergonomics, Functional Anatomy and Pain Neuroscience. Dr. McBee is a national continuing education instructor for Select Medical teaching “Management of the Injured Worker”, “The Complex Pain Patient” and “Motivational Interviewing for Physical Therapists”. Dr. McBee has presented on industrial medicine, conservative management of complex pain and risk stratification topics at 100’s of regional and national conferences. Her clinical interests and current research projects are focused around early identification and appropriate interdisciplinary treatment of the complex pain patient and conservative treatment for the chronic pain patient. Dr. McBee is a board member for the Pain Mind and Movement SIG of IASP and for the Occupational Health SIG for the APTA. She is an active member and volunteer for the Orthopedic Section and the Pain SIG of the APTA. She is a member of the Work Rehab CPG development team for the Occupational Health SIG. Dr. McBee is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and continues to have a clinical practice in Louisville, KY.

Carolyn McManus, PT, MA, MS:
Carolyn McManus is a highly skilled clinician, researcher, and professional trainer. She is a national leader in the integration of mindfulness into physical therapy and healthcare. Carolyn serves as President of the American Physical Therapy Association Orthopaedic Section Pain Management Special Interest Group. She holds master’s degrees in physical therapy from Duke University and psychology from Antioch University. She is on staff in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA, where she developed and taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for patients with chronic pain and disease 1998-2017. She is a research associate at the VA Puget Sound Heath Care System and an instructor in research examining mindful awareness training for veteran populations suffering multiple chronic illnesses, including chronic pain. She is a professional instructor for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and a national speaker on the topic of mindfulness and its role in physical therapy. Further information can be found at her website:

Carol Courtney, PT, ATC, PhD:
Carol A. Courtney PT, PhD, ATC is Professor at Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science. She received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St Louis, Master of Science from the University of South Australia and Louisiana State University, and a PhD from the University of Miami. Dr Courtney is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer, and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Courtney has clinical expertise in the management chronic musculoskeletal pain and sports injury. Her research investigates the effects of knee joint injury and osteoarthritis on pain processing and joint function, as well as modulation of pain mechanisms through non-pharmacologic interventions, including manual therapy and exercise. She is the recipient of the 2016 JOSPT Excellence in Research Award and was twice awarded the Richard Erhard Excellence in Research Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

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