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Con Ed Course Review

Posted: Dec 5, 2017

On October 27th, the Early Professional Special Interest Group hosted a lecture with Dana Tew, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jennifer Fredrich, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT on “Reconciling: Chronic Pain and Manual Therapy – Hands On or Off”. Many new and experienced clinicians attended this talk and left with a better understanding how to utilize concepts with their chronic pain patients.

Stephanie Athanas, 2016 graduate from NAU currently practicing at Spooner Physical Therapy provided the following review and her thoughts of the content provided.

  1. What was it that interested you about attending the Chronic pain lecture by OPTIM Manual Therapy?

As an early professional I’m always interested in hearing from seasoned clinicians regarding their niche practice. Chronic pain is one of my personal practice areas which I feel has the most potential to grow, thus this was a great opportunity to expand my clinical reasoning skills and knowledge regarding this population. 

  1. What information or clinical pearls did you learn that was new information/interesting/different than what you have been taught previously?

Typically you expect one, maybe two, pearls from these shorter talks. I probably walked away with 3 or 4, which was a wonderful surprise! The top pearl for me was that chronic pain treatments are moving away from explaining pain and inquiring about pain levels toward instead shifting the patient’s mindset to focus more toward functional limitations and progress of such. I had personally moved in this direction due to lack of success with explaining pain not long before hearing this talk, so to have that thought process validated was a pearl for me.  A second pearl was to hear the research behind why cardiovascular full body based treatments can be largely beneficial in this population.   

  1. What were you able to take back into the clinic with you from the lecture?

Two main clinical take-backs come to mind. First, focusing chronic pain sessions on cardio has been a big shift for me as I was always more fearful that cardio would increase symptoms. Secondly, focusing discussions on function and away from pain has been a shift I continue though definitely to a greater degree since attending this meeting as it has improved my confidence in doing so.

  1. Coming into the lecture you were not a member of the EPSIG. What did you learn about the SIG? Do you feel like this is an organization you would like to get involved with?

I have the upmost respect for SIG and was more involved via SSIG while at NAU. The guest speakers are always helpful and encourage more creativity within my practice which I treasure. I would love to continue attending EPSIG guest speaker lectures and networking events as they are available. 

  1. Lastly, what was your overall impression of the event?

The event was at a convenient location and timely. The lecture shed further light on a population I have otherwise felt ill-equipped treating optimally.  The speakers were friendly, knowledgeable, and kept attention well. All in all I was very pleased with the night and it was without question worth attending.

Thank you to Stephanie for your feedback of the event, and thank you to all of the therapists who attended! If you are interested in future events from the EP SIG, fill out the EP SIG Application Form to be added to our email list and learn of upcoming networking and educational events.

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