Representing PTs, PTAs, and Students
of Physical Therapy in Alaska

2023 APTA Alaska Spring Conference

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May 13, 2023 - May 13, 2023

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Anchorage, AK





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MAY 13, 2023
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Providence Hospital, Anchorage, AK (and virtual option)

 Low Back Pain Research and Outcomes: How to Leverage These Findings for Better Patient Experience and Communicate Benefits to the Public and Payers

Registration Deadline: MAY 10


Course Description

Disparities in the prevalence and management of chronic pain are pervasive in rural communities. The availability of accessible nonpharmacological pain interventions is one source of disparities in rural communities. There is evidence that physical therapists can effectively provide evidence-based nonpharmacologic chronic pain care for persons in rural communities using telehealth, yet the use of telehealth in physical therapy is relatively new and comes with unique challenges. The purpose of this course to provide attendees with the evidence supporting telehealth care provided by physical therapists for persons with chronic back pain, discuss barriers and challenges associated with telehealth pain care and provide strategies to overcome these challenges.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be to:

  1. Describe pain management disparities evident in underserved, rural and minoritized communities.
  2. Identify strategies to enhance patient engagement and compliance with telehealth physical activity interventions.
  3. Describe adaptations necessary for telehealth delivery of physical activity interventions.
  4. Describe strategies to integrate the biopsychosocial model into telehealth pain interventions.
  5. Describe Motivation and Problem Solving (MAPS) as an approach to telehealth pain care that incorporates motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques in a holistic strategy to foster behavioral change and self-management.

About the Speakers

Julie Fritz, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is originally from Indiana. She received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, then went on to get her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She has devoted most of her career to research on treatments provided by physical therapists for people with back pain. Dr. Fritz is currently the principal investigator for the BeatPain Utah project.

Isaac Ford, PT, DPT, is a New England native who earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in New York. Throughout his career he has worked with a wide range of individuals from Broadway performers to persons with complex spinal pain. Dr. Ford joined the University of Utah as Lead Physical Therapist for the BeatPain Utah program that is providing telehealth care for persons with chronic back pain located in rural and under-served communities throughout the state of Utah.