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Get Your Engines Ready for CSM 2015 Indianapolis

CSM2015Marquee_960x222I’m not a physical therapist, healthcare professional, nor do I play one on TV, but I can’t wait for my third American Physical Therapy Association conference. While I’ll be spending most of my time at our booth (2114 if you’re looking) on the exhibition floor, I’ve managed to find a shortlist of 46 sessions I’d like to attend, and this is from someone who is not looking for clinical practice sessions.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 11.10.50 AMNext week over 10,000 physical therapists, doctors of physical therapy, PhD researchers, and students will converge on Indianapolis (yes, in winter) for the annual American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. The Combined Sections Meeting or CSM as it’s often referred to (we do love our acronyms in healthcare) combines all the interest groups and professional associations within the association including private practice, oncology, neurology, homecare, acute care, orthopedics, sports medicine, and students and academic researchers. The result is a diversity of topics that represent the major trends in healthcare today including: concussions in youth sports; the impact of the Affordable Care Act on practice; high-intensity interval training; caring for an aging population; managing chronic disease; preventative medicine, health and wellness; healthcare technology; and the psychology of pain.

See for yourself in a selection of some of the 46 sessions we’ve flagged:

Sports Concussions in Youth: The Role of PT for a Surging Population

Transforming Physical Therapy Practice for Healthcare Reform

Exercise Prescription for the Older Adult With Multiple Chronic Conditions

Getting Patients Into Cardiac Rehab and Other Wellness Programs and Keeping Them Exercising After Rehab

Google Glass in Physical Therapy Education and Clinical Practice

High-Intensity Interval Training: Rehab Considerations for Health and Cardiovascular Risk

Practice Issues Forum: Does Medicare Really Cover Maintenance Therapy?

I Have Arthritis. Is My Running Career Over? Evidence-Based Management of the Runner With Osteoarthritis

Called to Care: Integration of Positive Psychology

Integrating Physical Therapy in Emerging Health Care Models

Virtual Reality and Serious Game-Based Rehabilitation for Injured Service Members

Of course, our most anticipated session will be “Use of Mobile Health Technology to Facilitate Long-Term Engagement in Exercise in Persons with Chronic Neurological Conditions” where Dr. Terry Ellis Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation and a Associate Professor at Boston University will be presenting the results of a study where they used Wellpepper and Fitbit to improve adherence to home exercise programs for people with Parkinson’s disease. For a sneak preview of what she will present, see this article from Inside Sargent Magazine.

As in 2013 and 2014, we will do our best to blog about as many sessions as we can so that if you can’t make it to the conference this year, you can still experience some of the flavor.

If you’re going to CSM, what sessions are you looking forward to most?

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You Too Can Be An Orthopedic Surgeon

This past weekend I performed arthroscopic surgery on a knee and extracted a sponge that was clogging up the joint. Sounds scary doesn’t it? It was great fun, part of the open house at UW Medicine’s new Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium in Seattle. The newly opened clinic has been operating for about a month, but this was an opportunity for the general public to see what it was all about.

The open house was framed around a “Passport to Health” and participants visited various stations staffed by doctors, physical therapists, and radiologists. At each stop, experts explained procedures and benefits, and answered questions from attendees. Volunteers from some of the UW sports teams acted as guinea pigs for some of the treatments.

Specialties in the clinic and stops along the tour included:


    • Anti-gravity treadmill

      Anti-gravity treadmill

      Dr. Ashwin Rao explaining platelet-rich plasma therapy

      Dr. Ashwin Rao explaining platelet-rich plasma therapy

      Running Medicine: Here we saw how the anti-gravity treadmill can help both running performance and rehabilitation.

    • Sports Performance and Rehabilitation: In the “gym” area of the center, physical therapists discussed how they help improve performance and restore function using exercise and equipment including a full Pilates set up.
    • Soft-tissue Injuries: The focus was on preventative measures and bringing people back to full performance.
    • MSK Ultrasound: Ultrasound technology has come a long way from fuzzy gray images. In this session we saw how ultrasound can be used to access and diagnose nerve damage using Doppler technology to show nerves and blood vessels.
Dr Elena Jelsing demonstrating MSK Ultrasound

Dr Elena Jelsing demonstrating MSK Ultrasound

  • Platelet Rich Plasma: This technique involves injecting a patient’s plasma back into a troubled area to help repair and regenerate cells. It’s particularly helpful for nagging tendon injuries, although physical therapy is recommended first if it’s an acute injury.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (Knee and Shoulder demonstrations): I don’t want to say this was the most fun, but it was, as participants were guided in performing arthroscopy surgery on a dummy knee or shoulder joint.
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest: The focus of this stop was prevention. Young athletes are at the highest risk for sudden cardiac arrest and UW is leading the way by offering screenings to high school teams around Puget Sound.
Shoulder Surgery Dummy

Shoulder Surgery Dummy

Visitor performing shoulder surgery

Visitor performing shoulder surgery

In some cases, tour participants received minor consultations, like one woman who had an MSK ultrasound. In addition to providing education and showcasing the clinic’s staff and new technologies, the event generated new patients for the clinic. The tour conveniently ended at reception where many people were seen booking appointments.

The opening of a new clinic like UW Sports Medicine at Husky Stadium provides the perfect time to engage patients. However, maybe adding a new service or technology could provide you with the opportunity to invite the public in for a tour of your facilities. Or maybe it’s a patient appreciation thank-you event. Any opportunity to engage with patients is an opportunity to help educate them to take charge of their own health, and let them know that you’re there when they need help.

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