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Schedule

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm CST
Welcome by Adriaan Louw
5:00pm - 6:45pm CST
Live Lecture Session #1

What's Next in Neurodynamics and Neuropathic Pain?

Michael Shacklock & Michel Coppieters Virtual Platform
Speakers

Michael Shacklock

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Michel Coppieters

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Description
  • Michael Shacklock, DipPhysio, MAppSc, FACP (Australia): Neurodynamics
  • Michel Coppieters, PT, PhD (Australia): Neuropathic Pain

With the emergence of pain science in rehabilitation, a lot of attention has shifted to understanding more about the sensitized nervous system, including physical handling of the sensitized nervous system – neurodynamics. This session will combine two world-leading authorities in neurodynamics and neuropathic pain. In part one, Michael Shacklock will update attendees on the latest research and clinical thoughts on the use of neurodynamic tests and treatments for a sensitized nervous system. In the second lecture, Dr. Michel Coppieters will discuss the various advances in our understanding on neuropathic pain, including changes in blood flow, immune responses, axonal/myelin loss, etc. This session aims to provide clinicians with an updated, clinically-based perspective on neuropathic pain and neurodynamics.

6:45pm - 7:30pm CST
Break
7:30pm - 9:15pm CST
Live Lecture Session #2

What's Next in Assessing and Treating the Cervical Spine?

Michele Sterling & Paul Mintken Virtual Platform
Speakers

Michele Sterling

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Paul Mintken

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Description
  • Michele Sterling, PhD, MPhty, BPhty, FACP (Australia): Whiplash Associated Disorder
  • Paul Mintken, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT (University of Colorado): Integrating Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Neck Pain
Neck pain is only second to low back pain as the most common disorder in physical therapy. The cervical spine often presents with various clinical challenges. In this session, two thought-provoking and topical issues pertaining to cervical spine disorders are discussed. In the first session, Dr. Michele Sterling will focus on the development of persistent pain and disability after motor vehicle collisions. This lecture will showcase common risk factors associated with whiplash injuries and potential therapeutic targeting early on. The second lecture will feature Dr. Paul Mintken, who will discuss integration of clinical practice guidelines for the management of neck pain. This session aims to highlight two challenging clinical issues pertaining to the cervical spine: whiplash-associated disorders and shoulder pain. Neck pain is a very common musculoskeletal condition with potential for a high burden in cost and disability. Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) give recommendations to clinicians for providing optimal care for patients. Are you following the guidelines?

 

 

10:00am - 10:15am CST
Welcome by Adriaan Louw
10:15am - 12:00pm CST
Lecture Session #3

What's Next in Pain Management?

Jo Nijs & Steve Linton Virtual Platform
Speakers

Jo Nijs

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Steve Linton

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Description
  • Jo Nijs, PT, PhD (Belgium): Pain Neuroscience Education
  • Steve Linton, PhD (Sweden): Behavior Change in Pain

 

Pain neuroscience education (PNE) has been touted as the “next big thing in pain science.” Various studies have shown its efficacy and it’s being explored in a variety of clinical settings and clinical conditions. New research, however, indicate that PNE should be seen as a “primer” for movement-based therapy, versus stand-alone intervention. In lecture one, Professor Jo Nijs will delve into the current state of affairs as it pertains to PNE, including a look forward as to “what’s next for PNE?” The ultimate goal in pain management, including PNE, is to alter behavior. Behavior change is challenging and in lecture two, one of the leading world experts in behavior change, Professor Steve Linton, will delve into behavior change in patients experiencing pain. This session on pain management will cover cognitive (PNE) and behavioral strategies for clinical practice as a means to powerfully impact people affected by pain.

12:00pm - 12:45pm CST
Break
12:45pm - 2:30pm CST
Lecture Session #4

What's Next in the Future of Rehabilitation?

Larry Benz & Matthew Smuck Virtual Platform
Speakers

Larry Benz

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Matthew Smuck

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Description
  • Larry Benz, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP (Confluent Health): 2050 – Welcome to Therapy
  • Matthew Smuck, MD (Stanford University): Wearable Technology and Outcome Measures

What does the future hold for rehabilitation? In this session, we aim to step into the future of rehabilitation. Wonder where health care will be in 20 or 30 years? Will the global pandemic COVID impact this? In the first lecture, Larry Benz, CEO of Confluent Health will share his experiences from the insurance, private equity, and clinical world pertaining to the various challenges and opportunities health care, and especially rehabilitation will face in the future. How reliable are outcome measures? What if we can get rid of outcome measures? In the second lecture, Dr. Matthew Smuck will showcase the work his lab is doing on wearable technology and the ability to obtain real-time, reliable outcome measures to help facilitate clinical care and patient outcomes. This session will truly allow clinicians to take a peek at the future and see where rehabilitation may be in 20-30 years from now, or even sooner.

2:30pm - 3:00pm CST
Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Practical Session #1

Meditation and Mindfulness

Carolyn McManus Virtual Platform
Speakers

Carolyn McManus

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The practice of mindfulness is gaining a lot of interest in clinical practice for helping people with pain and disability. Additionally, stressed healthcare providers are turning to mindfulness as a means to buffer the ever-increasing demands of healthcare. As part of the Align Conference, world-leading authority Carolyn McManus will introduce attendees to some of the background information on mindfulness, but better yet, take attendees through a personal guided mindfulness session virtually! This session, intertwined between all the keynote lectures will allow attendees to take a deep breath, cultivate a calm, steady mind and relax…just what’s needed during this jam-packed conference! Following the practical session, Carolyn will also take questions regarding mindfulness to allow for an interactive session.

4:00pm-4:45pm CST
Break
4:45pm - 6:30pm CST
Lecture Session #5

What's Next in Exercise?

Paul Hodges & Johnny Owens Virtual Platform
Speakers

Paul Hodges

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Johnny Owens

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Description
  • Paul Hodges, PhD, MedDr, DSc, BPhty(Hons), FACP (Australia): Spinal Stabilization
  • Johnny Owens, BSc, PT, MPT (Owens Recovery Science Institute): Blood Flow Restriction

 

Exercise is a cornerstone of rehabilitation and includes various forms of exercise for different clinical conditions. In this session – what’s new in exercise, we will examine something “old” and something “new.” In lecture one, Professor Paul Hodges, world-renowned scientist will discuss the evolution of spinal motor control, which has been around for more than twenty years. He will discuss current and future thoughts and trends in spinal motor control including new understanding of mechanisms underlying changes in trunk muscles and sensorimotor control and new ideas about selection of patients with spinal pain who are likely to respond to this approach. In lecture two, Johnny Owens will showcase blood flow restriction and exercise, which has taken rehabilitation by storm. What exactly is blood flow restriction; who needs it and how does it work? The aim of this session is to develop a greater understanding of two exercise approaches which currently features prominently in rehabilitation and discuss the next frontiers.

6:30pm-7:15pm CST
Break
7:15pm - 9:00pm CST
Lecture Session #6

What's Next in Reasoning, Diagnostics and Direct Access?

Mark Jones & Tim Flynn Virtual Platform
Speakers

Mark Jones

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Tim Flynn

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Description
  • Mark Jones, BSc (Psych), PT, Grad Dip Advan Manip Ther, MAppSc (Australia): Clinical Reasoning
  • Tim Flynn, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, FAPTA (South College): Direct Access and Physical Therapy as First-Choice for Musculoskeletal Disorders

This session will explore various aspects of clinical reasoning, safety screening and diagnostics. In lecture one, Mark Jones, world-renowned physical therapist will discuss the cornerstone of clinical practice: clinical reasoning. What’s new in the world of reasoning or reasoning categories? How do experts and novices differ in their clinical reasoning? In the second lecture, Dr. Flynn will update attendees on various aspects of being a first-contact practitioner in rehabilitation including imaging and diagnostics as well as the triage and musculoskeletal management roles of physical therapists in musculoskeletal care across the nation. The aim of this session is to update attendees on various aspects of clinical reasoning, screening, diagnosis and placement as first-contact practitioners.

11:30am-11:45am CST
Welcome by Adriaan Louw
11:45am - 12:30pm CST
Practical Session #2

Movement: Motion is Lotion

Mai Huong Ho-Tran Virtual Platform
Speakers

Mai Huong Ho-Tran

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What’s the hardest thing for therapists to do at a conference, let alone a virtual conference? Sit in one place. For movement-based specialists sitting in one spot is hard, so…let’s move! In this practical session we’re asking you to join us for a lab/practical session from wherever you’re joining us for the Align Conference. Dr. Ho-Tran movement-specialist and pain fellow will guide the virtual Align audience though various movement-based strategies commonly used for patients in pain, including Tai Chi and yoga. These movements, blended with breathing and mindfulness will allow attendees to move during the virtual conference, experience a movement-based module used for people in pain and develop strategies to use these for their patients.

12:30pm-1:00pm CST
Break
1:00pm-2:45pm
Lecture Session #7

What’s Next in the Opioid Epidemic: Risks of NSAIDS and How to Taper
Long-Term Opioid Therapy?

Matthew Smuck & Anna Lembke Virtual Platform
Speakers

Matthew Smuck

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Anna Lembke

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Description
  • Matthew Smuck, MD (Stanford University): Non-Opioid Entry Points into the Opioid Epidemic
  • Anna Lembke, MD (Stanford University): Exit Strategies for Chronic Pain Patients on Long-Term Opioid Therapy

 

The global pain epidemic is well-described, along with the current US opioid epidemic. What’s next for the pain and opioid epidemic? In these sessions, two Stanford University physicians at the forefront of the fight against the pain and opioid epidemic join us for two key components. In lecture one, Dr. Matthew Smuck will showcase how traditional “safe” medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, non-opioid and over the counter pain medication may be an overlooked entry point into the pain and opioid epidemic and not necessarily a “safe alternative.” In lecture two, Dr. Anna Lembke, world-renowned specialist in addiction and chronic pain, will describe an approach for tapering opioids in patients on long-term opioid therapy, including what to do when the taper becomes a litmus test for opioid addiction. This session will showcase two key lectures on both ends of the current pain and opioid epidemic – entry points and exit strategies.

2:45pm-3:30pm CST
Break
3:30pm-5:15pm CST
Lecture Session #8

What's Next in Soft Tissue and Dry Needling?

Jan Dommerholt & Edo Zylstra Virtual Platform
Speakers

Jan Dommerholt

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Edo Zylstra

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Description
  • Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT (Myopain): Dry Needling
  • Edo Zylstra, PT, DPT (Evidence in Motion): Dry Needling in the Clinic

 

In rehabilitation, there is an increased interest in dry needling (DN) as a means to decrease pain and disability. With increasing use by therapists plus it’s robust effect on pain, more and more clinicians are drawn to it. In this session, two world-leading authorities on dry-needling band together to cover the science, research and clinical application of dry needling. In lecture one, Dr. Jan Dommerholt will discuss much of the current and future thoughts about DN including its evolution, efficacy, potential mechanisms, indications and more. This lecture will also discuss what’s next for DN. In lecture two, Dr. Edo Zylstra will showcase the clinical application of DN, including the practical use of DN, clinical reasoning, adjunct treatments to DN, etc. This lecture, science and clinical application session on DN will provide a window into the question of “what’s next in dry needling?”

5:15pm-5:30pm CST
Conference Closing Remarks by Adriaan Louw

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