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Combined Sections Meeting 2014

CSM 2014

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Experience CSM!

The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections. CSM 2014 will bring together more than 9,500 physical therapy professionals from around the nation for 5 stimulating days of exceptional programming, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall filled with products and services at the The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada.

We are very happy to have a strong set of educational programs, interesting Posters and a full Platform session. Here is some preliminary information to get you started. There will be more to follow so keep checking in!

Registration Information

Register by November 6th for the early bird rates:

Student APTA Member: $200

After November 6th Registration rates:

Student APTA Member: $220

Onsite Registration Rates:

Student APTA Member: $280

Please visit for more registration rates and information.

Pre-Conference Courses

Chronic Myofascial Pain and Sensitization: Integrating Objective Physical Findings with Pain Mechanisms and Treatment Strategies

Jay P. Shah, MD
Sunday, 2 February
8:00am – 5:00pm

DESCRIPTION: This seminar integrates emerging knowledge from the pain sciences in a clinically accessible way by explaining the pivotal roles that myofascial trigger points (MTrPs), sensitization, the limbic system and objective physical findings play in the management of chronic pain and dysfunction. Spinal segmental sensitization (SSS) is a hyperactive state of the dorsal horn caused by bombardment of nociceptive impulses. Painful MTrPs are a very common source of persistent nociception and sensitization that often results in SSS and chronic pain. Conversely, maladaptive changes in subcortical structures and dysfunctional descending inhibition may create somatic tissue abnormalities in addition to adversely impacting mood, affect and sleep. Either way, typical manifestations of the sensitized spinal segment include dermatomal allodynia/hyperalgesia, sclerotomal tenderness and myofascial trigger points within the affected myotomes. These objective and reproducible findings allow the clinician and patient to identify the affected spinal segment(s) that should be treated. Non-pharmacological approaches such as dry needling and electrical stimulation will be discussed. These techniques deactivate painful MTrPs, desensitize affected segments and neuro-modulate subcortical dysfunction, providing more permanent pain relief. The diagnostic and treatment techniques presented in this seminar are applicable in the management of a variety of chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions.

Graded Motor Imagery

David Butler, PT, M.App.Sc, EdD
Monday, 3 February
8:00am – 5:00pm

DESCRIPTION: Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) is a lecture, practical and interactive course utilising the neromatrix and pain mechanisms paradigms, neuroimmune sciences and up to date clinical trials and associated research to present novel assessment and treatment strategies for a variety of pain and motor states. These include problems where therapy has been difficult or ineffective in the past, such as phantom limb pain, complex regional pain syndrome , brachial plexus tears and focal dystonia to more common problems such as nerve entrapment and osteoarthritis.

All components of GMI including left right discrimination training, explicit motor imagery and mirror therapy will be taught and practiced along with the essential allied therapy of therapeutic neuroscience education. GMI will be placed within an overall rehabilitation model.

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The Section on Women’s Health is particularly happy to be sponsoring a top notch Pain Education and Clinical Application session with 9 other sections to bring David Butler and Lorimer Moseley to speak in general session. It takes a team to make big things happen, many thanks to the efforts of the SOWH BOD, the speakers, and these sections who made it possible:

Acute Care
Hand Rehabilitation
Private Practice
Women’s Health

General Session

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

8 – 10 AM
Fifteen years of explaining pain – where are we now and where are we going? Part 1
David S. Butler, PT, M.App.Sc. EdD
Lorimer Moseley, PhD, B. App.Sc (Phty) (Hons)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The process of Explaining Pain Part 2
David S. Butler, PT, M.App.Sc. EdD
Lorimer Moseley, PhD, B. App.Sc (Phty) (Hons)

3:00 – 5:00 PM
Mind the Gap: Diastasis Recti Evaluation and Treatment
Cynthia M. Chiarello, PhD, PT
J. Adrienne McAuley, PT, DPT, MEd, OCS, FAAOMPT

Cultural Competency in Treating Obstetric and Sexual Medicine Patients
Karen R. Brandon, PT, DSc PT, WCS
Crista Johnson, MD, MSc, FACOG

Section on Women’s Health Platform Presentations
Multiple Presentations

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

8 – 10:00 AM
Pediatric Voiding Dysfunction
Dawn Sandalcidi, PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD

8 – 10:00 AM
Entry-Level Clinical Experiences in Women’s Health
J. Adrienne McAuley, PT, DPT, MEd, OCS, FAAOMPT
Susan Clinton, PT, MHS, OCS, WCS
Beverly D. Fein, PT, EdD
Laura Hagan, PT, DPT, MS, OCS
Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, MTC
Audra Ragan, PT, DPT
Jessica Strobel, PT, DPT, CLT

Obstetric Fistula and Maternal Morbidity in the Developing World: An Overview and the Role of Rehabilitation
Jessica McKinney, PT, MS
Loran Hollander, PT
Laura Keyser, DPT

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Effective Interviewing in Pelvic Rehabilitation
Karen R. Brandon, PT, DSc PT, WCS
Susan Clinton, PT, MHS, OCS, WCS
Lorimer Moseley, PhD, B. App.Sc (Phty) (Hons)

Intervention Strategies for Urogenital Cancers
Mary Jane (MJ) Strauhal, PT, DPT
Barbara Nicholson, MSPT, CLT-LANA

3 – 5:00 PM
Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Graded Motor Imagery Approach
Carrie J. Pagliano, DPT, OCS, WCS, MTC
Sandy Hilton, PT, MS
Lorimer Moseley, PhD, B. App.Sc (Phty) (Hons)

Rehabilitation of Third- and Fourth-Degree Perineal Tears: Combining an OB and Pelvic Floor Therapy Approach
Carina Siracusa Majzun, DPT
Valerie Bobb, PT, MPT, WCS, ATC

Thursday, February 6, 2014

8 – 10:00 AM
Incontinence and Athletes
Jennifer Klestinski, PT, MPT, OCS, WCS, CSCS, BCB-PMD

The Estrogen Connection: Skeletal Muscle and Bone With Aging, Inactivity, and Injury
Marybeth Brown, PhD
Lori Tuttle, PT, PhD
Allison Kosir, DPT
Wendy M. Kohrt, PHD

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Maintaining Mobility: Adaptive Products, Braces, and Supports for the Pregnant and Postpartum Woman
Rebecca G. Stephenson, PT, DPT, MS, WCS
Karen Litos, MPT

Emerging Opportunities: The Physical Therapist’s Role in Labor and Delivery
Susan A. Steffes, PT, CD(DONA)
Janet Chamberlin, PT, WCS

Anatomy of Male Genital Pain
Holly Tanner, PT, MA, OCS, WCS, LMP, BCB-PMD, CCI

3:00 – 5:00 PM
The Practical Application of Yoga-Based Techniques in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
Pauline H. Lucas, PT, DPT

Perinatal Psychosocial Considerations
Darla B. Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT
Susan Steffes, PD,CD (DONA)

WCS Breakfast Celebration: Wednesday, Feb. 5th 7-8 am

Download information about the WCS Breakfast Celebraton (PDF)

Breakfast Registration:

This event is classified as a “CSM Special Event”

Online Registration: Register for the event at the same time that your register for CSM online.  When you are registering online you will come to the special events page.  On Wednesday, February 5thselect the “WCS Celebration Breakfast” from the drop down menu.  This will add the event to your registration.

Corporate/Group:  For those registering for CSM as a corporate/group member you will not be able to register for the event with your registration.  Please call CSM Headquarters at (877)-585-6003.  State that you have already registered for CSM as a corporate group and that you are calling to register for a CSM Special Event.  State the event name: “WCS Celebration Breakfast” and the date:February 5th.  You will be able to register for the single event and pay for the event over the phone.

Paper Registration: For those registering for CSM with the paper form you will not be able to register for the event with your registration.  Please call CSM Headquarters at (877)-585-6003.  State that you have already registered for CSM with the paper form and that you are calling to register for a CSM Special Event.  State the event name: “WCS Celebration Breakfast” and the date: February 5th.  You will be able to register for the single event and pay for the event over the phone.

Women’s Health Section Booth Volunteers Needed!

Assisting with the Women’s Health Section booth is a great way to volunteer and meet other therapists in your field. If you are interested in staffing the booth, please click here to sign up!

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