Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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Saturday, April 6, 2019
Breakout Session Details

Following the general session on Saturday, four concurrent breakout sessions were offered. The registrant attended three out of four breakout sessions following the morning general session, based on order of preference indicated on the registration form. 

Breakout Session #5:

Clinical Application of Blood Flow Restriction Exercise Lessons Learned from the Lab
Speaker: Johnny Owens, MPT
Description: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) has the ability to generate strength gains at lower loads than traditional exercise. The lecture will review what we know about the role of BFR in strength gains and look ahead at where the field is going. The lab will focus on the hands on application of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) for clinical applications. It will focus on tourniquet application and safety, determining Limb Occlusion Pressure (LOP) to personalize pressure to patients and rehabilitative exercises with BFR. Clinical progressions from prehabiliation to immediate post-operative and chronic applications will be discussed.

At the end of this session the attendee was able to:

  1. Develop a Basic Knowledge of BFR Mechanisms
  2. Understand Tourniquet Application and Safety
  3. Gain Insight into the Prescription and Clinical Utilization of BFR
Breakout Session #6:

Key Manual Therapy Techniques and Strategies for Maximizing Movement after Total Knee Arthroplasty
Speaker: Michael Bade, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Description: Have you ever been frustrated by your patient’s progress with range of motion or wondered how to speed recovery of mobility following total knee arthroplasty? Have you ever wondered how you should modify your manual therapy approach to an artificial joint? During this session you will have the chance to learn and apply key manual therapy techniques for individuals after total knee arthroplasty and how to maximize benefits from your sessions with proper dosing and exercise selection.

At the end of this session the attendee was able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of manual therapy and unique considerations when approaching an artificial joint
  2. Learn how to evaluate the knee region and select appropriate manual therapy techniques
  3. Apply key manual therapy techniques to improve flexion and extension-based restrictions
  4. Design an effective home exercise program to facilitate carry-over of manual therapy techniques and improve movement
Breakout Session #7:

Measuring Mobility Goes beyond Gait Speed: Get up and Do It!
Speaker: Jennifer S. Brach, PhD, PT
Description: In this session, we will review key measures of mobility. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform/administer the tests/measures. Using a series of cases – participants will be asked to identify appropriate measures, to summarize their findings and explain how the findings can be used to guide clinical practice. ,/p>

At the end of this session the attendee was able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of measuring mobility in clinical practice.
  2. Identify appropriate measures of mobility for individual cases taking into consideration key issues of purpose, practicality and psychometric properties.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to administer measures of mobility correctly.
  4. Recognize the unique contribution of self-report and performance-based measures to the description of mobility.
Breakout Session #8:

Science and practice – How to Restore the Motor Skill of Walking from Both Sides of the Street
Speaker: Jessie VanSwearingen, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Description: Let’s walk; how to approach the recovery of the neural control of walking in an older person who once was an expert in the motor skill of walking. Illustrate how principles of motor learning (position, defined goal, accurate practice, reward) translate into motor task stepping and walking patterns and activities to facilitate a mission to restore automaticity and efficiency to walking. The session allows participants to learn it, see it, do it, and maybe even create it – the street to walking expertise.

At the end of this session the PT was able to:

  1. Define key components of the neural control of walking; contributors to momentum and efficiency
  2. Recognize signs [eg visual assessment] and symptoms [eg self-reported] of the neural control components or disorders of neural control of walking
  3. Understand and implement stepping tasks and walking patterns to facilitate motor skill and efficiency of walking, to include criteria for dose and progression
  4. 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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