Filmed On: November 19th, 2016
Counts Towards: Pain Science Certification
Rod Henderson, PT, ScD, OCS, COMT, CSCS
Mark Powers, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Doug Murray, Bkin, MScPT
Orthopedic physical therapy is evolving rapidly. While the majority of cases we see have favorable outcomes, a small but significant proportion of patients descend into chronic or persistent pain states. These patients often experience significant functional decline, psychological distress, social and financial problems, and a disproportionate burden on the health care system.
A rapid evolution in basic and clinical sciences is paving the way toward better patient interaction and functional outcomes. We now have more opportunities to help our patients than ever before to identify, assess, and manage musculoskeletal pain. The challenge is making sense out of all this and having a significant impact on our patients’ lives.
This course is designed to establish and deepen the therapists’ knowledge of the challenges we face in musculoskeletal pain. It also provides concrete and practical advice on assessment and management. This knowledge and application will help therapists provide efficient, effective, and patient-oriented care through the proper application of patient education, manual skill, and movement coaching. Participants should dress comfortably for lab experiences.
- The challenges of persistent pain and how rehabilitation is perfectly poised to meet it
- The complex relationships between injury, pain, and illness behavior that emerge from orthopedic conditions
- Appropriate screening and assessment of the patient in pain emphasizing appropriate triage for complicating medical and psychosocial factors
- Effective communication and teaching strategies for patients experiencing persistent pain
- Manual therapy assessment and interventions for patients with long-standing pain
- Teaching functional movement patterns and physical play to help patients move more easily and with less pain