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April 27th -28th, 2019 Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV

Course Description

According to the Institute of Medicine Report on Pain, released in 2011, chronic pain affects over 100 million Americans and costs over 600 billion dollars per year in health care and lost wages. In response to this report, an Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee was formed to address the chronic pain problem. This committee released the National Pain Strategy in 2016, which outlines strategies aimed at improving education, research and practice, and the Centers for Disease Control released opioid prescribing guidelines in 2016 that emphasized the use of non-pharmacological treatments for pain. Increasing awareness by health professionals of the value of non-pharmacological treatments for pain management puts physical therapy as a primary profession to address this need. In order to fill this need physical therapists need to have a greater understanding of pain mechanisms and how physical therapy treatments modify these pain mechanisms. Identification and treatment of

pain, based on underlying mechanisms, is critical to effective treatment. This course provides an overview of the current scientific research on peripheral, central, neuropathic, contributors to the generation of pain. The course will also discuss how psychological factors and the movement system can influence and be influenced by pain.

Lastly, the course will discuss how common physical therapy treatments for pain, such as education, exercise, manual therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, modify these pain mechanisms. Understanding these mechanisms will provide a conceptual framework to the clinician to individualize care in those with chronic pain. This course will use a lecture format, case studies, group learning exercises, and open discussion.

Keynote Speaker


Kathleen A. Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Neurology of Pain Laboratory
University of Iowa

Dr. Sluka is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Iowa. She received a physical therapy degree from Georgia State University and a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. William D. Willis, she joined the faculty at the University of Iowa. Dr. Sluka’s research focuses on the neurobiology of musculoskeletal pain as well as the mechanisms and effectiveness of non-pharmacological pain treatments.

She has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous book chapters, and a textbook on Pain Mechanisms and Management for the Physical Therapist. She has received numerous awards including the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy and Catherine Worthingham Fellowship from the American Physical Therapy Association and the Frederick W.L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award from the American Pain Society. She is actively involved in the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society, and the American Physical Therapy Association serving on committees, task forces and society boards.

12 Hours of CE Offered

  • Courses offered by WVPTA are automatically approved for CE units by the WV Board of Physical Therapy.
  • Approval of this course does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the views of the presenter or sponsor.
  • PA Board Approval: WVPTA is a pre-approved provider per Section 40.67 of the Pennsylvania Regulations.
  • MD Board Approval: WVPTA is a pre-approved provider as a Component member of the APTA
  • OH Board Approval: Seeking Ohio Board Approval

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