2018 VPTA Spring Conference

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Join Us For The 2018 VPTA Annual Spring Conference; March 3, 2018, Radford University, VA

Attendee News

  • Course descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker bio's - download here



  • Don't forget that 2018 is license renewal year.


  • Jacob McCrowell


  • Wil Kolb



The Functional Integrative Process: Optimizing the Treatment Strategy

by Jacob McCrowell, PT, DPT, CMTPT, SFMA

Session Description

The purpose of this course is to teach Licensed Practitioners (PT, PTA, ATC, Strength coaches, Chiropractors) to integrate clinical problem solving with key concepts in the Rehabilitation realm to improve outcomes and success. While allowing clinicians to work together, this course is designed to develop the clinician's treatment skills while implementing evidence-based research.

Topics covered include the effective exercises progression, integrative exercises to transition from manual techniques to exercise, functional loading with Kettlebells, Kinesiotaping to improve posture and many easy to implement hands-on manual therapy techniques to improve motor control and mobility.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the current concepts to improve examination efficiency and to improve rapport with patient.
  2. Perform and develop proficiency/competency in using safe and appropriate integrative techniques of the upper and lower quarter.
  3. Understand clinical reasoning skills in conjunction with the best available evidence (evidence-informed) in regards to selection of most appropriate exercise and exercise progression.
  4. Demonstrate proper psychomotor skills with the dead lift and Turkish Get Up
  5. Demonstrate efficient taping techniques to improve postural proprioceptive cueing.

Alternatives to Opioids: Interprofessional Conference on Complex Pain

by Wil Kolb, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Session Description

Opioid overdose deaths now exceed fatalities from gun violence or car crashes in the commonwealth of Virginia. The opioid epidemic beckons all health professionals to get out of our individual professional boxes and take action. This conference invites attendees from multiple professions to collaborate and learn about the opioid epidemic and alternatives to opioid prescription. Speakers from different professions will address the evaluation and management of the patient with a complex pain presentation in their unique area of expertise. Topics include how to recognize opioid abuse, classification of pain presentations, the opioid tapering process and the application of neuroplasticity and exercise. Case based clinical reasoning will be used in a format for interprofessional collaboration and problem solving. Alternatives to opioid prescriptions including hands on techniques and neuroscience pain education as applied to a patient with complex pain will be demonstrated.

Learning Objectives

  1. Appraise the current status of the opioid epidemic in Virginia
  2. Distinguish between dependence and addiction behaviors in the patient with a complex pain presentation
  3. Classify a patient's pain presentation through the efficient use of interview and outcome measures
  4. Evaluate your clinical decision making for referral needs to other health professionals in a patient with complex pain
  5. Understand the opioid taper process and the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration
  6. Apply the evidence of neuroscience pain education for management of the patient with complex pain
  7. Critique the effectiveness of alternative interventions to opioids


7:30 am-8:00 am: Registration
8:00 am-10:15 am: Course
10:15 am-10:30 am: Break
10:30 am-12:30 pm: Course
12:30 pm-1:00 pm: Break
1:00 pm-3:00 pm: Course
3:00 pm-3:15 pm: Break
3:15 pm-5:00 pm: Course


Conference Venue

Radford University Program in Physical Therapy

Located in Roanoke at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital


101 Elm Avenue, Suite 8A, 8th floor
Rooms 838 & 840
Roanoke, VA 24013

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  • Earlybird Registration deadline is February 1, 2018. Full conference
    fees apply after that date.
  • Advance Registration deadline is February 20, 2018. Onsite registrations
    will be permitted should you miss this deadline
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