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Course Description - New Directions for Understanding Whiplash- Have We Been Driving in the Wrong Lane?
It is necessary to gain an insight into the mechanisms underlying the pain, physical and psychological impairments for the differential diagnosis and appropriate management of a patient’s neck pain and disability following whiplash injury. This course will present the research findings from the Neuromuscular Imaging Research Laboratory at Northwestern University, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and the new directions that are emanating from recent and ongoing basic science and clinical research efforts.
This research is looking into the assessment, accurate sub-group classification and management of patients with neck pain; key areas being the mechanistic basis for pain, physical and psychological impairment in the musculoskeletal system in cases of traumatic whiplash. Several measurements have been developed towards quantifying/classifying impairments in the pain, sensory-motor, postural control and sympathetic nervous systems as well as psychosocial features of neck-related disorders. The course will also explore innovative management options for mediating the expression of pain in both whiplash and other common neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
Course Description - Evidence-Based Solutions for Improving Cervical Spine Health and Function
This two day course will provide participants with the latest multidisciplinary research into cervical spine disorders emanating from a distinguished international panel of basic science and clinician researchers. The emphasis in this course is placed on the application of translational research to leading edge clinical practice. The format will consist of lectures, panel discussions and question and answer. Specific topics include subgrouping patients with neck pain, measuring the experience of pain, and psychosocial factors, exercise prescription and medical management in neck pain.
Who Should Attend
Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Physiatrists, Orthopedic/Neurological Surgeons, Family Practice/Internists, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Physician Assistants, Residents, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Nurses, Chiropractors, and individuals treating or researching cervical spine pain.
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