Integrating Pain Science into Clinical Practice - Perspective of a New Grad

by Matt Immerman, PT, DPT

Matvey "Matt" Immerman received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Mercer University in 2015 and has since worked in outpatient orthopedics in the state of Maryland. He currently works in Potomac, Maryland for a family owned practice MZ Physical Therapy. Matt strives to integrate education, strength training / exercise and manual therapy with all of his patients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Have a stronger understanding of the BSP approach to treatment and how to integrate
    it into practice.
    • integrating the BSP approach into the evaluation
    • integrating the BSP approach into the treatment process.
  2. Understand common pitfalls of the new grad when applying the BSP approach
    and how to avoid them.

You Are Your Own Business: Why An Understanding of Business Benefits All Physical Therapists

by Ryan Smith PT, DPT, ATC

Dr. Ryan Smith is Chief Operations Officer of Recharge and HoCo CrossFit in Ellicott City, Maryland. He is also lead faculty of the Fitness Athlete Division for the Institute of Clinical Excellence. He started his own private practice straight out of schools running it out of CrossFit and strength and conditioning gyms. Approximately a year after graduating he partnered up with two other physical therapists to open Recharge which combines Physical Therapy, CrossFit, and Mindfulness.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define what "business" is within the realm of physical therapy and in the current day advances with technology and communication.
  • Participants will understand how to develop value within themselves as a professional that is beneficial for all businesses.
  • How scaling clinics and being a part of the community as physical therapists has to involve an understanding of business.

Animal Rehab - A Growing Demand

by Cynthia Kolb, PT, tDPT, CCRT

Cindy graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor's of Science in Health Science Fitness & Promotions in 1994. In 1996, she completed her Masters in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University. She is currently working on her transitional DPT degree through the College of St. Scholastica. In 2011, Cindy decided to combine her love of dogs with her passion for physical therapy and in 2012 earned her certification as a canine rehabilitation therapist through the leading U.S. school in this field - the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Cindy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Virginia Physical Therapy Association as Liasion to the Special Interest Group for Canine Rehab.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will have an understanding of the growing demand in the animal rehab field and the requirements that are necessary to become certified as a practitioner. Basic canine anatomy will be introduced along with commonly seen orthopedic and neurological problems and treatment strategies.

Protocol Development and Assessment: A TEAM Approach

by Nolan P. Stewart, PT, DPT OCS

Dr. Nolan Stewart is a 2006 graduate of Bridgewater College, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. He is a 2009 graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division of Duke University. Following his graduation, Dr. Stewart has served as a physical therapist in private practice. He has earned Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He currently serves as the Clinical Supervisor for Professional Rehab Associates, Adjunct Instructor at Radford University in the Department of Health and Human Performance, and as a Team Physical Therapist for the Athletic Department at Radford University. His clinical focus is upon injury prevention and long-term athletic development.

Learning Objectives

  • At conclusion of the presentation, the learner will:
    • Understand the necessity for standardized assessment and care delivery
    • Possess skills needed for critical appraisal of PT protocols
    • Understand movement and sport components with regard to injury prevention and return to sport
    • Comprehend the role of tri-planar motion about the trunk and extremities for force production and force attenuation
    • Exit the talk with ongoing clinical and research curiosity to further advance our field and our role within the health care team

Rehabilitation Technology Advances: Where do Exoskeletons Fit Within a Continuum of Walking Recovery Tools?

by Amber Walter, PT, DPT, NCS

Amber Walter holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Old Dominion University. She has over ten years of experience in neurologic rehabilitation in the inpatient and outpatient settings at Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital, became an APTA board-certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2012, and is a neurologic physical therapy residency mentor. She has worked on national workgroups and advisory groups for clinical practice guideline development, stroke rehabilitation, and use of advanced technologies in rehabilitation. Amber led a team to implement a clinical practice guideline for use of advanced technology for gait recovery at Sheltering Arms and continues to be passionate about clinical knowledge translation for functional recovery in people with neurologic injury or illness.

Learning Objectives

Exoskeletons are wearable robotic devices that allow for movement and locomotor training outside of the more wellknown environment of body-weight support over a treadmill. Clinicians introduced to exoskeleton technology may find themselves asking similar questions as those asked of devices introduced in the past: Where do they fit in the course of recovery?, Who is the best candidate?, How much should it be used? How should use be progressed? This symposium will present results of an investigation on the use of a fully-powered exoskeleton for gait training in three participants with preserved lower extremity function and recent participation in other gait training interventions. Participants showed improvement in gait capacity using the 6 minute walk test and in gait speed using a 10 meter walk test. Experience with the device in the clinical setting will also be presented with emphasis on decision-making related to other technologies used in gait recovery.

  1. Describe the basic components, actions, and current research of exoskeleton technology for walking.
  2. Summarize results of an investigation of a gait training intervention using a fully-powered exoskeleton in people with spinal cord injury and preserved leg function.
  3. Discuss the role of the principles of neuroplasticity in relation to use of exoskeleton technology for gait training interventions.

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