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As the United States population ages, and physical therapy take its rightful place in the assessment and treatment of older adults, we must reevaluate our pain paradigms in the elderly. It is overwhelmingly shown that older patients do hurt, but not because they are old, but because they stop moving. Fear-avoidance and pain catastrophizing, powerfully driven by these misbeliefs regarding aging powerfully limits movement. Recent pain neuroscience education (PNE) research has shown that normalizing pain beliefs, including the role of aging and pain, powerfully influences movement, pain and disability – even in older adults. In this lecture we will explore the myth of aging and pain, evolution and evidence for PNE and showcase how various ready-to-use metaphors can help older adults understand pain better and facilitate much-needed movement and improved quality of life.
When treating older adults, clinicians often neglect the orthopedic conditions that can be the underlying source of their global functional decline. As a result, clinicians are often treat the symptoms, ignoring the root cause of the issue, leading to poor clinical outcomes and a revolving door medical model in which the patient is bounced from professional to professional with little relief for their condition. This hour and a half interactive lecture will cover important concepts in management of the geriatric spine including common pathologies, screening assessments, precautions and contraindications for treatment, exercise prescription, and manual therapy techniques. We will also discuss the effects that orthopedic conditions of the spine have on other systems such as the cardiopulmonary and neurologic systems. Common misconceptions in treating spinal conditions of the older adult will be covered as well to promote best practice in clinical management to meet the unique needs of this population.
Often older adults often have osteoarthritis conditions that cause pain and in untreated can impact their functional mobility and quality of life. This module will provide physical therapists who work with older adults in any clinical setting the knowledge and skills to better diagnose and manage these common musculoskeletal conditions. This course will focus on evidence-based treatments to address these problems, including manual therapy and exercise management strategies, for older adults.
Geriatric Orthopedics Part I: Pain Neuroscience Education for Older Adults
Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD. Adriaan earned his undergraduate, master’s degree and PhD in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 25 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He has authored and co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Adriaan completed his Ph.D. on pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group – an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. Adriaan is a senior faculty and vice-president of faculty experience for Evidence in Motion.
Geriatric Orthopedics Part II: Spine
Dr. Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT is a physical therapist in the home health setting in Chicago. Heidi is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy (GCS) and a Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults (CEEAA). Dr. Moyer is currently an adjunct faculty member at Governors State University in their Doctor of Physical Therapy program and has previous experience teaching continuing education for Evidence in Motion, Illinois Physical Therapy Association, and for conferences such as National Student Conclave and Combined Sections Meeting. Heidi is an active APTA Geriatrics member, serving as the Eastern Regional Coordinator for the State Advocate Program and secretary for the Balance and Falls Special Interest Group. Heidi was the recipient of the APTA Geriatrics President’s Award in 2020 and the APTA Emerging Leader Award in 2019.
Dr. Andrew Thomas, PT, DPT has been practicing the outpatient setting for 5 years. Andrew is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS), and a Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults (CEEAA). He completed his orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship training through the Manual Therapy Institute in August of 2018. He has previous experience teaching continuing education for the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. While outpatient orthopedics is his primary setting, Dr. Thomas sees many older adult patients in his practice. He is also an active member of APTA and AAOMPT and works as a facility manager for Athletico in the Chicago area.
Geriatric Orthopedics Part III: Updates in Managing Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis in Older Adults
Jason Soncrant is an experienced clinician and passionate educator. He earned his BS in physical therapy from the University of Toledo in 1995. He has since continued his commitment as a lifelong learner earning numerous post-professional certifications. Jason earned his transitional doctorate of physical therapy from Chatham University (PA) in 2009 and his manual therapy fellowship from Evidence in Motion in 2015. His clinical focus is applied biomechanics, movement analysis, orthopedics, and orthopedic manual therapy. When not in the clinic Jason is currently involved with teaching numerous online post-professional certification programs, adjunct faculty for several hybrid DPT programs, and faculty for the Select Northeast Ohio orthopedic residency. Jason is an enthusiastic educator and is able to distill complex topics into an easy to understand style. A proud Buckeye, Jason lives in Ohio with his wife and three children. He enjoys the outdoors and is an adult leader for local 4H and Boy Scouts of America organizations.