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Fall Conference: CE, Banquet/Social, and Business Meeting

  • 29-Sep-2012
  • 30-Sep-2012
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Donate to the "buy a student a meal" plan. You may buy more than 1 $10 plan if you would like to contribute more. Thank you!
  • Students - please bring your own meals for discounted rate. We will try to raise meal funds for you.
  • Students - please bring your own meals for discounted rate. We will try to raise funds for your meals

Registration is closed
Course One:
Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention for Fall Prevention:  An Advanced Course (Saturday and Sunday course); Laurie Swan, PT, PhD, DPT; See below for course details; 13.25 Hours; 1.325 CEUs

Course Two:
Total Knee Replacement and Rehab (Saturday only), 
Ryan Mizner, PT, PhD; Sue Ostertag, PT, DPT; Course details listed below; 7.5 Hours; 0.75 CEUs.

Course Three:
Evidence Based Recommendations for Electrotherapy to Control Pain, Strengthen Muscle, and Improving Function
 (Sunday only), 
Ryan Mizner, PT, MPT, PhD; Sue Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS; Course details listed below; 7.5 Hours; 0.75 CEUs.

Western Banquet and Social
Join us for an annual banquet.

Business Meeting
Lunch, Sept. 29, Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center

Full PDF Brochure, click here (link removed)

Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention for Fall Prevention:  An Advanced Course; Laurie Swan, PT, PhD, DPT,

Course Description

If you want to learn about the basics or common balance tests, like how to perform the Tinetti Gait and Balance Assessment, this course IS NOT for you!  The prevention of falls in older adults is at the forefront of the nation’s healthcare initiatives due to the billions of dollars spent yearly on fall related injuries.  Physical therapists are uniquely qualified to perform a comprehensive assessment of the older adult, and develop best practice interventions to minimize risk of injury.  This course is an advanced course in fall prevention that focuses on the most current evidence-based interventions, as well as the most current public health initiatives.  Therapists will learn what those older adults really think about fall prevention, how to develop best practice interventions specific to an individual patient, what language and behaviors the therapist should demonstrate to gain patient compliance, and how to connect patients into community resources at discharge.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the magnitude of the fall prevention challenge in the sectors of clinical and public health
  • Describe key assessment and intervention strategies, and analyze their effectiveness in the context of evidence-based medicine
  • State the importance of framing the fall prevention message when speaking with older adults
  • Demonstrate behaviors that facilitate the older adult’s compliance with recommendations
  • Identify fall prevention initiatives in the public health sector, and understand how to integrate clinical practice with fall prevention programs in the community


Biographical Sketch

Laurie Swan, PT, PhD, DPT, is a physical therapist with expertise in neurologic therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and fall prevention in the elderly.  Laurie graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1991.  She practiced neurologic physical therapy in a variety of settings for five years, and then taught neurologic and geriatric physical therapy courses for ten years in Michigan and California. She completed a PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2004, and a completion Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 2006.  More recently, Laurie has gained expertise in marketing and management in the corporate sector by establishing and managing a fall prevention program for the elderly in Pierce County, Washington.  In addition, she has worked closely with the Department of Health, State of Washington to disseminate a fall prevention program in the public health sector.  Laurie has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.   She has presented at national and international conferences, and has been teaching continuing education courses throughout the US since 2003.

Total Knee Replacement and Rehab (Saturday only),  Ryan Mizner, PT, PhD; Sue Ostertag, PT, DPT;  7.5 Hours; 0.75 CEUs.

Course Objectives

  • At the completion of the total knee replacement (TKR) workshop, the participants will be able to:
  • Develop an appreciation of the incidence, success, & shortcomings of knee replacement in regards to the workings and priorities of physical therapy practice.
  • Utilize an understanding of how TKR impacts the major physical impairments of people with advanced knee arthritis to build and prioritize physical therapy intervention to improve outcomes.
  • Utilize current outcomes to gauge success, assist in prognosis, and develop priority in treatment interventions to maximize benefits of physical therapy care.
  • Implement an established peer-reviewed protocol for physical therapy management of patients who have total knee replacement for knee osteoarthritis.
  • Discuss how neuromuscular electrical stimulation can augment early muscle strength gains when applied in home and outpatient settings in the context of the morphologic and physiological changes in thigh muscle associated with knee OA and total knee replacement..
  • Provide patients with an evidence based approach to health and wellness recommendations in the context of having a total knee replacement for the remainder of their life.

Course Agenda

  •  Successes and Shortcomings of Total Knee Replacement: Updates on expected outcomes to answer patient questions and give quality clinical recommendations. For instance: prosthesis longevity, knee range of motion, speed of functional recovery, etc.
  • Outcome assessments: How are my patients doing and what do they need? Chart Review Case Examples/Practice
  • Timing of Surgery for patient with knee osteoarthritis: Input on when to say “enough is enough?” to OA pain & disability
  • Addressing Range of Motion Restrictions: Prevention strategies & recognizing risk factors for stiffness; Suggested interventions for managing knee stiffness; Suggestions and instances for when to refer for more help
  • Suggested Rehabilitation guidelines and Clinical Recommendations: Specifics on Addressing Muscle Weakness; Source of Muscle Weakness; Related Interventions and Intervention Progressions
  • LABORATORY for NMES Interventions with TKA surgery: NMES for Strengthening in both home-health and outpatient environments
  •  Long-term Health and Activity Suggestions for Patients with TKR

About Ryan Mizner, PT, MPT, PhD

Please read about Dr. Mizner in the next section (next course)

Evidence Based Recommendations for Electrotherapy to Control Pain, Strengthen Muscle, and Improving Function
Ryan L. Mizner, PT, MPT, PhD and Susan Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
7.5 hrs/0.75 CEU

Course Description:
The course is directed at the practicing clinician who wants to know “best practices” with the application of electrical stimulation for pain control, muscle strengthening, and neuromuscular reeducation. The course starts with an experiential approach towards learning the fundamentals of how electrotherapy drives treatment prescription. An emphasis will be placed on how the interventions parameters can be adapted to maximize treatment effectiveness. The second section will focus on the varied uses of electrical stimulation for pain control. The final section of the morning will explore the use of electrical stimulation for muscle contractions in physical therapy practice. After lunch, the course will shift gears out of a mixed lecture format to a hands-on application format. The afternoon sessions will provide the option for participants to focus on orthopedic or neurologic applications of electrical stimulation. Laboratory practice opportunities, instructor demonstrations, and patient cases will be intermixed throughout the workshop to promote an active and engaged learning experience. Participants will need to be “dressed out” for lab throughout the course time.

Course Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • Apply the concepts and principles of clinical electrotherapy to make safe and successful adaptations to common electrotherapeutic modalities to maximize patient gains with treatment.
  • Describe how the current evidence base supports or refutes the use of common practices in TENS and other electro-analgesic treatments for best outcomes.
  • Identify the key characteristics of electrical stimulation treatments needed for effective neuromuscular electrical stimulation for strengthening or when used to enhancing patient function performance.
  • Participants will demonstrate safe and effective use of NMES/FES units for strengthening, neuromuscular re-education, and functional activities.

Course Agenda

  • Active learning of the fundamentals of electrotherapy for treatment prescription and clinical adaptations
  • Best Practices with Electrical stimulation for Pain Control: TENS and Beyond!
  •   Practical and Evidence Based Advice to Achieve Best Outcomes with Electrical stimulation for Muscle Contraction: Comparing and Contrasting Strengthening and Functional Applications of NMES
  • Option A: Neurological Lab Tract
  • Electrical stimulation parameters, precautions, contraindications and indications in the neurological population
  • Introduction to Bioness L300 and H200 FES units
  •   Lab: implementation of NMES for LE, UE, and trunk
  • Case Studies
  • Discussion, questions
  • Option B: Musculoskeltal Lab Tract:
  •   Electrical stimulation parameters, precautions, contraindications, and indications in the common outpatient orthopaedic populations
  •   Lab Activities for NMES for patients with knee, shoulder, and lumbar conditions
  • Case Studies
  •   Discussion and questions

About the Instructors:

Ryan Mizner, PT, MPT, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Movement Science Laboratory at The University of Montana in the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. He is a native of Montana who completed his undergraduate training at Montana State University with a degree in Exercise Science – Biomechanics. He finished his physical therapy training and his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science at the University of Delaware. Dr. Mizner’s current teaching responsibilities are biomechanics, physical therapy management of knee and shoulder conditions, and electrotherapeutics. General outpatient orthopaedics is his area of practice and he continues to treat patients and perform consultations. Dr. Mizner is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and he works as a mentor and the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Sports Clinical Residency at UM. The bulk of Dr. Mizner’s research has focused on determining the extent, sources, and impact of muscle weakness in patients who have knee disorders. He has been an author on over 50 research presentations with peer-reviewed and published abstracts at national or international science meetings. He has had 20 peer-reviewed publications in the journals such as Physical Therapy, JOSPT, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and the Journal of Rheumatology. His research has been financially supported by the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the State of Washington, NIOSH, and by EWU. Dr. Mizner was an invited participant in a recent North American Delphi panel formed for Development of Rehabilitation Guidelines for Total Knee Replacement. The effort was coordinated out of the University of British Columbia and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, The John Insall Foundation for Orthopaedics, and the British Columbia Medical Services Foundation. His academic honors include: 2009 recipient of the Margaret L. Moore Outstanding New Academic Faculty Award from the APTA, 2009 Outstanding Faculty Merit Award for Scholarship from Eastern Washington University, and as a Finalist for the New Investigator Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society.

Sue Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS, is a Clinical Assistant Faculty member at the School of Physical Therapy and the University of Montana, where she teaches in the areas of neurological rehabilitation, functional mobility, and interventions.  She is the director of the University of Montana Physical Therapy Clinic and the New Directions Wellness Center, which provide physical therapy services and an accessible, assisted fitness center for individuals on campus and from the community. The clinic and gym have a therapeutic and functional electrical stimulation program that includes use of traditional NMES as well as FES cycles and upper/lower extremity units.  She is also the director of the UM Student Run Clinic, who’s mission is to provide wellness services to uninsured patients.  Susan graduated from the University of Montana in 1993 with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, and completed her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2007 through A.T. Still University.  Susan has worked as a physical therapist for 19 years and continues to see patients with neurological and other chronic conditions. She is an Advanced Certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA, and received the Montana APTA Chapter Nora Staael Evert Award in 2007.  She is on the Advisory Committee for the Sports Clinical Residency at UM, and participates on the Board of the Montana Traumatic Brain Injury Center.  She has been an APTA Board Certified Neurological Specialist since 2011. Professional presentations include peer reviewed abstract poster presentations at the APTA CSM conferences in 2007, 2009, 2012; invited speaker at the Elks Rehab Stroke Symposium (2012) in Boise ID and at the Community Medical Center Neuroscience Conference (2008) in Missoula MT.  In addition, Susan participates in a number of community based outreach programs and seminars each year sharing information about neurological rehabilitation, fitness, and the role of physical therapy for chronic disease and disability.

Rooms can be reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn, Reserve ST. Missoula. Please call 406-532-3000. Plesae reference MAPTA Fall Conference 2012 when making reservations. Room Block rate is $110 and expires on September 7, 2012.

Reception for PTs/PTAs:

Following the education, we’ll have a hosted 45 minute social for all attendees. Stay a bit longer and kick up your heels for the Western Banquet and Dancing.

Western Banquet

Join us for the MAPTA Annual Banquet after the conference. Theme is WESTERN! So put on your Montana western dud and get ready to kick up your heels to the music.

Business Meeting
Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Lunch is included for those registered for Saturday courses. Please RSVP if you are not registered.

Cancellation Policy
MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.
Registration Cancellation by Participant:
• Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
• A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

Group Discounts:
15% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date.


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