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Physical Therapy Pain Summit 2020

Sponsored by the CAL-PT-FUND

 Export to Your Calendar 11/7/2020
When: Saturday, November 7
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
United States
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x105

Online registration is available until: 11/6/2020
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The topic of pain has taken a front seat in public consciousness as the opioid crisis continues to grow to epidemic levels. This growing problem has led to a need for non-pharmacological alternatives for people in pain and physical therapy has been positioned to fill this need. Despite the growing need for pain services, many physical therapists feel ill-equipped to deal with patients in pain. This symposium will bring together pain researchers, educators, and clinicians from across the country and across physical therapy specialty areas who will present the most current understanding of the science and management of pain. Join researchers, clinicians, and educators in this research symposium to better understand the topic of pain and the translation of current pain science into clinical practice.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Summarize the critical factors of the opioid crisis for pain management
  2. Outline the physiological factors surrounding pain
  3. Discuss the environmental, anatomical, psychosocial, nutritional and genetic factors impacting the interpretation of pain
  4. Discuss the special needs and interventions necessary by special populations
  5. Summarize the various physical rehabilitation strategies available to help patients cope with acute and chronic pain
  6. Excite physical therapy clinicians about the ability to enable patients maintain function, independence and quality of life despite pain associated with injury, disease, aging or degeneration 


Saturday, November 7

8:00 – 8:15     Welcome; Purpose of Seminar – Nancy Byl and Derrick Sueki

8:15 – 9:00     Current and Future Perspectives on Physical Therapeutic Pain Management – Adriaan Louw

The Science and Legislation of Pain
9:00 – 9:20     COVID, Opioids, Pain, and PT  – Derrick Sueki
9:20 – 9:40     Are there new insights into the science of pain? – Steve Schmidt
9:40 – 10:00   Getting the MIND to MOVEMENT – Skulpan Asavasopon
10:00 – 10:30 Panel Discussion and Questions with Drs. Louw, Sueki, Schmidt, and Asavasopon

10:30 – 10:50 Break

Topics in Pain Assessment
10:50 - 12:10   How does pain, respiration and posture impact voluntary movement? –Clare Frank
12:10 - 12:30   Pain, body image, and motor imagery following breast cancer treatment - Ben Boyd
12:30 - 12:50   The challenge and necessity of quantitative sensory testing for pain risk and recovery – Katrina Maluf
12:50 - 1:20     Panel Discussion and Questions with Drs. Frank, Boyd, and Maluf

1:20 – 2:00     Lunch break

Special Pain Populations
2:00 – 2:20     Pain and pelvic health – Dan Kirages
2:20 – 2:40     Pain and oncology – Rachel Tran
2:40 – 3:00     Pain in children – Kim Clarno and Rachel Zoffness
3:50 – 3:30     Panel Discussion and Questions with Drs. Kirages, Tran, Clarno, and Zoffness

3:30 - 3:50      Break

Management Strategies for Pain
3:50 – 4:10      How what we eat impacts pain – Joe Tatta
4:10 – 4:20      Cultivating awareness, openness, and engagement with mind-body interventions – Nick Karayannis
4:20 – 4:50      Sleep and pain. Don’t give up on you dreams – Steve Schmidt
4:50 – 5:10      Untamed memories: Learning and unlearning pain – Derrick Sueki
5:10 – 5:40      Panel Discussion and Questions with Drs. Tatta, Karayannis, Schmidt, and Sueki

5:40 – 6:00      Closing remarks – Nancy Byl

Speaker(s) (full bios available)

Skulpan Asavasopon PT, DPT, PhD
Ben Boyd PT, DPTSc
Nancy Byl PT, MPH, PhD, FAPTA
Kim Clarno PT, DPT
Clare Frank PT, DPT
Nick Karayannis PT, MPT, PhD
Dan Kirages PT, DPT
Adriaan Louw PT, PhD
Katrina Maluf PT, PhD
Steve Schmidt PT, MPhysio
Derrick Sueki PT, DPT, PhD
Joe Tatta PT, DPT
Rachel Tran PT, DPT
Rachel Zoffness, PhD


7 contact hours or 0.7 CEUs

Instruction Level: Basic-Intermediate
Format: Lecture and demonstration lab.
Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, and Student PT/PTA


Registration received before October 24, 2020
$200 APTA members
$250 Non-members

Add $50 for late registration.

All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after October 24, 2020.


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