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Physical Therapy Pain Summit 2020

Sponsored by the CAL-PT-FUND

 Export to Your Calendar 11/7/2020 to 11/8/2020
When: Saturday, November 7, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, November 8, 7:50am - 3:10pm
Where: Azusa Pacific University
701 E Foothill Boulevard
Azusa, CA  96001
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 

Schedule (additional details available)


8:00 – 8:15 Welcome; Purpose of Seminar – Derrick Sueki, PT, DPT, PhD

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

The Science of Pain
9:00 – 9:20 Opioids and PT: National and State Legislative and Regulatory Activities – James Syms, PT, DSc
9:20 – 9:50 Are there new insights into the science of pain? – Steve Schmidt, PT, MPhysio
9:50 – 10:20 Getting the MIND to MOVEMENT – Skulpan Asavasopon, PT, DPT, PhD
10:20 – 10:40 Panel Discussion and Questions

10:40 – 10:50 Break

The Assessment of Pain
10:50 - 11:10 Are all pains alike? Classifying pain - what’s new and how do we use it – Derrick Sueki, PT, DPT, PhD
11:10 - 11:50 How does pain, respiration and posture impact voluntary movement? – Clare Frank, PT, DPT
11:50 - 12:20 Pain, body image and motor imagery following breast cancer treatment – Speaker TBD
12:20 - 12:50 The challenge and necessity of quantitative sensory testing for pain risk and recovery – Katrina Maluf, PT, PhD
12:50 - 1:10 Panel Discussion and Questions

1:10 – 1:20 Lunch provided – pick up lunch and return for presentation
1:20 – 2:00 What’s going on in Adriaan’s brain – Topics that Adriaan is currently interested in – Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

Workshop 1
(Participants can choose two and we will rotate sessions halfway through)
2:00 – 3:30

  • Breakout session 1 – Quantitative sensory testing workshop – How high is your pain threshold? – Katrina Maluf, PT, PhD
  • Breakout session 2 – Neural mobilization reconsidered – Speaker TBD
  • Breakout session 3 – Pain, Respiration & Postural stability – Clare Frank, PT, DPT
  • Breakout session 4 – Pain and education – Adriaan Louw, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Breakout session 5 – How to get the MIND to MOVEMENT – Skulpan Asavasopon, PT, DPT, PhD

3:30 – 3:40 Break

Special Pain Populations
3:40 – 4:10 Pain and pelvic health – Dan Kirages, PT, DPT
4:10 – 4:40 Pain in the elderly – Boyd Etter, PT, DPT
4:40 – 5:10 Pain and oncology – Rachel Tran, PT, DPT
5:10 – 5:40 Pain in children – Kim Clarno, PT, DPT
5:40 – 6:00 Panel Discussion and Questions


7:50 – 8:00 Opening Remarks questions – Derrick Sueki, PT, DPT, PhD

Workshop 2
(Participants can choose two and we will rotate sessions halfway through)
8:00 – 9:30

  • Breakout session 1 – Management of pelvic pain – Dan Kirages, PT, DPT
  • Breakout session 2 – Treating Children in Pain – Kim Clarno, PT, DPT
  • Breakout session 3 – Managing oncological pain – Rachel Tran, PT, DPT
  • Breakout session 4 – Treating pain in elders – Boyd Etter, PT, DPT

9:30 – 9:40 Break

The Management of Pain
9:40 – 10:10  Mind-body interventions for chronic pain – Why do it. Why it works. – Nick Karayannis, PT, MPT, PhD
10:10 – 10:40 Untamed memories - pain, memory, and associatively learned patterns – Derrick Sueki, PT, DPT, PhD
10:40 – 11:10 What a PT should know about pain and the use of cannabis – Speaker TBD
11:10 – 11:40 Sleep and pain: Don’t give up on your dreams – Steve Schmidt, PT, MPhysio
11:40 – 12:10 How to use nutrition to target central sensitization – Joseph Tatta, PT, DPT
12:10 – 12:30 Panel Discussion and Questions
12:30 – 12:40 Lunch provided – pick up lunch and return for presentation
12:40 – 1:15 A first look at the new Clinical Practice Guidelines for education as an Intervention for Individuals with Musculoskeletal Pain – Derrick Sueki, PT, DPT, PhD

Workshop 3
(Participants can choose two and we will rotate sessions halfway through)
1:15 – 2:45

  • Breakout session 1 – Lifestyle modifications including nutrition for pain reduction – Joseph Tatta, PT, DPT
  • Breakout session 2 – Searching for the real me: Exploring sensory training to re-map body representations – Steve Schmidt, PT, MPhysio
  • Breakout session 3 – Mindfulness practice – How to do it. – Nick Karayannis, PT, MPT, PhD
  • Breakout session 4 – Using the autonomic nervous system to change pain perception – Derrick Sueki, PT, DPT, PhD

2:45 – 2:55 Panel questions and answers
2:55 – 3:10 Closing remarks – Nancy Byl, PT, MPH, PhD, FAPTA

Speaker(s) (full bios available)

Skulpan Asavasopon PT, DPT, PhD
Nancy Byl PT, MPH, PhD, FAPTA
Kim Clarno PT, DPT
Boyd Etter PT, DPT, Dip MDT
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
James Syms PT, DSc
Joseph Tatta, PT, DPT
Rachel Tran PT, DPT


15.5 contact hours or 1.55 CEUs

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


Registration received before October 24, 2020
$500 APTA PT members
$350 APTA PTA members
$100 APTA Student PT/PTA members
$700 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.
No on-site registration permitted.

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.


Azusa Pacific University
701 E Foothill Boulevard
Azusa, CA 96001

Parking: Free surface parking


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Special Note(s)

Ontario Airport 22 miles
John Wayne / Orange County 22 miles
Los Angeles International 40 miles