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2023 Spring Conference: Physical Therapy Solutions to the Low Back Pain Conundrum, by Wayne Rath, PT, Dip MDT, CEAS

  • 29-Apr-2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • 30-Apr-2023
  • 2:45 PM
  • Bozeman, Montana


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14 Contact Hours, MT category A 

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Provisions include coffee/tea in the morning and lunch at the business meeting. Snacks are not served at breaks. 

Accommodations and Meeting Sites:

Accommodations: Best Western GranTree Hotel. Please call (800) 624-5865 and request the APTA Montana Physical Therapy Association room block, $119+tax. This rate ends on March 29, 2023, or when the room block expires, whichever comes first, so please book early! If you find we need to increase the block, please email or call us in the office so we may negotiate with the hotel

Meeting Site:  Great Northern PT, 1419 N 14th Ave unit a, Bozeman, MT 59715

Committees and Board Meeting

April 28, 2023:

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm Board Meeting,  site TBA

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online for this without paying). Please send agenda items to the office or President Emily Herndon by April 8, 2023. Final agenda will be posted in the members only section at www.aptamt.com by Aril 19, 2023.

Cancellation Policy

APTA MT reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If ATPA MT refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

Cancellations will be accepted in writing via 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:

10% 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. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discounts:

Students may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at a rate discounted by 75% of the member and non-member rate; If the course is a lab, students will be admitted on a space available basis only. Group Code: APTAStudent (your registration will be cancelled if you are not a student using this code).

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, please use code APTALifetime (your registration will be cancelled if you are not a lifetime member using this code).



7:15 - 8:00am Professional Issues Forum (APTA MT). Topic TBA

8:00am - 12noon Course(s) with break, see details below

12:00pm - 1:50pm APTA MT Business meeting and luncheon

2:00pm - 5:00pm Course(s) with break, see details below


8:00am -  2:45pm course continues, with breaks and lunch,see details below

About the course:

Course Description:

This 2-day, interactive workshop provides the participant with clinical insights, assessment and treatment tools, and a prevention-based perspective for optimizing short and long-term outcomes with a spectrum of activity-related lower back pain disorders. The conundrum to be solved is ‘although research evidence is clear that activity and exercise is critical to the prevention and management of lower back pain disorders, the most common cause of limited activity and exercise avoidance is low back pain’. The Duffy-Rath System© provides the clinician with tools to help patients and prevention clients overcome or avoid this conundrum. The nickname to the approach is “Tools To Fight Back®”.

Course Goals:

To promote a prevention-based approach to the assessment, treatment, and prevention of activity-related musculoskeletal disorders and disability by addressing how physical therapy contributes to solving a series of problems created by lower back pain. This workshop will illustrate how this is optimized through independent practice.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Define the role of a prevention-based physical therapy approach to a spectrum of activity-related low back pain (ARLBP) disorders.
  • Identify the basic clinical characteristics that distinguish the most common sub-groups of ARLBP disorders.
  • Perform the basic examination procedures needed to the presence or absence of signs that distinguish the sub-groups.
  • Demonstrate application of an activity-focused therapeutic procedure to gain control of the relevant signs and symptoms of a sub-group through patient simulation.
Instructional modalities include: PPT lecture, practical ‘hands-on’ sessions, video review, practical demonstrations, group presentations, self-assessment, questions & answer session

Course Agenda:

Day 1: 

  • 8:00 Introduction: The LBP conundrum
  • 8:45 The DRS Model and role of PT in Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
  • 9:30 Break
  • 9:45 The history-taking process inside the clinic
  • 10:30 Postural and biomechanical assessment
  • 11:30 Basic examination (30 min)
  • 12:00PM LUNCH
  • 2:00 Basic examination, continued (105 min)
  • 3:45 Break
  • 4:00 Conclusions, treatment strategies – starting a prevention focus approach
  • 5:00 Adjourn Day 1

Day 2: 

  • 8:00 Progressing the patient to the best possible outcome
  • 8:30 Managing LBP in the occupational setting
  • 9:30 Break
  • 9:45 DRS Prevention Blueprint & role of PT in ergonomics
  • 10:30 Review of techniques – preparation for afternoon sessions
  • 11:30PM LUNCH
  • 12:30 Phase-based care of sub-groups for long-term self-efficacy
  • 2:15 Course Summary, Critiques, 
  • 2:45 Adjourn 

About the Speaker

Wayne Rath, PT, Dip MDT, CEAS graduated from the Physical Therapy Program at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY in 1975. Wayne began his career at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ. He went into private practice in 1978, and has since been the co-founder of four thriving practices: Twin Boro Physical Therapy (originally in Roselle Park, NJ), Spine Center of New Jersey (now called the Spine and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Center: Raritan, NJ), Summit Physical Therapy (Syracuse, NY) and Duffy-Rath Physical Therapy (Syracuse, NY). Previously Wayne graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Sociology and Psychology in 1972.

Wayne’s current position is Vice President, Director of Continuing Education and Research services for Duffy-Rath Physical Therapy, P.C.

Wayne and Jean Duffy Rath are the sole owners of DRPT providing physical therapy diagnostic, treatment and consultative services for patients, musculoskeletal injury prevention throughout Central New York and across the country, health and wellness management services and continuing education workshops for licensed clinical and rehabilitation professionals. Wayne is frequently requested to speak and participate in national and international conferences regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of spine pain and cumulative/repetitive strain disorders and disability. He has published many papers and articles, written chapters in textbooks, provided national teleconferences and presented at grand rounds at a number of medical centers. He provides consultative services for private practices, medical centers and industries throughout the country. Jean and Wayne have recently published the first textbook in a 6-part series about the Duffy-Rath System, entitled: “The Duffy-Rath System: An Introduction”. The second text is in process of completion, addressing diagnosis, treatment and prevention of activity-related low back pain disorders and disability. Following will be texts regarding the upper back and neck, the upper limb, the lower limb, and chronic musculoskeletal pain and disability.


Wayne has received many awards and acknowledgements, including: Orthopaedic Section of the APTA for contributions to the development of this Board Specialty, Faculty of the Year, McKenzie Institute International, Wayne W Rath Award, McKenzie Institute U.S. for teaching excellence, ‘Best Practice’ award for prevention of musculoskeletal injuries (Carrier UTC), Center of Excellence, OSHA for prevention services for Lockheed Martin Corporation, MS2 (Syracuse, NY).

In 2004 Wayne was selected by his peers as one of the twenty most influential physical therapists in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (Schrupp RJ. Honoring our ‘giants’. Advance for PT & PTA, June 21, 2004: pp. 61-63).


The Duffy-Rath System: An Introduction

Read about it and buy it online here…

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