2022 Fall Conference
2022 APTA ALASKA FALL CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 8-9, 2022
A TOTAL OF 14 CONTACT HOURS
The Hotel Alyeska – Girdwood, AK
1000 Arlberg Avenue
Girdwood, AK 99587
GROUP RATE: $149, plus $20 Resort Fee (per night) and tax
RESERVATION DEADLINE: SEPT. 6, 2022
CALL 800-880-3880 – Mention Alaska Physical Therapy Association 2022
2022 APTA ALASKA ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
OCT. 9 – 7:00 – 8:30 AM
EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE WITH NECK PAIN DISORDERS
SPEAKER: DEBORAH FALLA, BPHTY (HONS), PhD
Impairments in movement and neuromuscular function are an almost obligatory feature of Musculoskeletal conditions and neck pain is no exception. Evidence for modification of motor and/or sensory functions has been reported for people with neck pain disorders, and these changes have become common targets for rehabilitation. Impairments in movement and neuromuscular function appear early after the onset of neck pain and do not automatically reverse over time in the absence of specific training interventions. Importantly, these ongoing changes in movement and neuromuscular function have been shown to contribute to repeated episodes of neck pain. This highlights the importance of early and effective exercise interventions not only for pain relief, but also for restoration of movement and neuromuscular function.
This workshop will present a research-informed exercise approach for the management of neck pain. This exercise program includes a progressive range of neck exercises that are based on precise movement analysis and muscle testing. Relevant to clinical practice, such specific exercise programs to retrain muscle function in patients with neck pain have shown favourable responses in terms of improvements in pain, disability, and restoration of neuromuscular function.
- Review of common movement and neuromuscular impairments found in patients with neck pain disorders
- Considerations of the importance of targeting mechanisms and functional impairments when providing rehabilitation for people with neck pain
- Review of movement analysis tests and specific muscles tests for the cervical region
- Presentation of a specific exercise approach for managing cervical neuromuscular and movement dysfunction
- Description of axio-scapular muscle impairments which may be present in people with neck pain and the relevance to ongoing symptoms
- Presentation of an exercise approach for managing axio-scapular muscle dysfunction
- Review the assessment and management of sensorimotor disturbances in neck pain including impaired proprioception, oculomotor control disturbances and impaired balance.
- Consider the impact of central sensitization on exercise response
- An overview of key principles of evidence based therapeutic exercise for neck pain disorders
- Case studies on identifying relevant exercises for different patients with neck pain
- Consider the contribution of exercise to the overall management of patients with neck pain disorders
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Deborah Falla received her PhD in Physiotherapy from The University of Queensland, Australia in 2003. In 2005 she was awarded Fellowships from the International Association for the Study of Pain and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia to undertake postdoctoral research at the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Denmark. From 2007 to 2010 she was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark and from 2012 to 2016 she was a Professor at the Center for Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine and Institute for Neurorehabilitation Systems, University Hospital Göttingen, Germany.
Since April 2016, Professor Falla is Chair in Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK. Professor Falla is also the Director of the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine) which was established at the University of Birmingham in 2016 following a ~£1M investment. She is also a Senior PI for the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) (£6 million received for 2016 –2019).
Her research utilises state of the art electrophysiological measures to evaluate the control of human movement and how it is affected or adapted in response to various states (e.g. injury, fatigue, training, pain). Her research interests also include optimising management of musculoskeletal conditions with a particular interest in spinal pain. She has published over 145 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals, more than 100 conference papers/abstracts including 30 invited/keynote lectures. Moreover, Professor Falla has delivered over 100 invited post-graduate workshops on the management of spinal pain to health care practitioners in over 20 countries ensuring translation of her research to the benefit of the patient.
She has received several recognitions and awards for her work including the German Pain Research Prize in 2014, the George J. Davies – James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award in 2009 and the Delsys Prize for Electromyography Innovation in 2004. Professor Falla is an author of the book entitled “Whiplash, Headache and Neck Pain: Research Based Directions for Physical Therapies” and is co-editor of the 4th Edition of “Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy”; a core textbook of evidence-based rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders which brings together the latest state-of-the-art research.
Professor Falla acts as an Associate Editor for Musculoskeletal Science & Practice (formerly Manual Therapy) and the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. Since 2016, she is President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK).