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Fall Conference 2014: Mobilization of the Nervous System

  • 04-Oct-2014
  • 05-Oct-2014
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula


  • Fees: $425 members/$475 nonmember (prior to 9/19)

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Room One:
Mobilization of the Nervous System
(Saturday and Sunday course);

Robert Johnson, PT, MS, OCS
14 hours, 1.4 CEUs

Business Meeting
12:00m, Oct. 4, Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center

Board Meeting
Oct. 3, 6pm. Hilton Garden Inn

Saturday: (detailed agenda available at course)
7:00-8:00                Jay Shaver, Pres. MAPTA, presents updates on various reimbursement issue, including: SGR reform and its implications on QRS and FL, FL, PQRS usage and future trends, Value Based Modifier this is a big one- if implemented could be a 4% reduction (or addition) to MC payments, Establishment of a registry by the APTA, Payment reform- Alternative payment system; changes in CT codes; APTA integrity in practice campaig, Choosing Wisely campaign- APTA's list of , BCBS updat, Self referral update.

7:00am                    Registration

8:00 - 12:00pm      Courses, with 15 min. break around 10am.
12:00pm - 2pm      Business Meeting and Lunch (provided)
2:00-5:30pm          Courses, with 15 min break.

(detailed agenda available at course)
7:30am                    Breakfast Available
8:00 - 12:00pm      Courses, with 15 min. break around 10am.
12:00pm - 12:30pm    Fast lunch, on your own
12:30pm - 4:00pm    Courses, with 15 min break

Mobilization of the Nervous System
(Saturday and Sunday course);
Robert Johnson, PT, MS, OCS
14 hours, 1.4 CEUs

Course Description

We use modern pain sciences to provide a clinically relevant understanding of the physical health issues of the entire nervous system. This means consideration of the molecular and homuncular targets of our therapy. We integrate this knowledge using a clinical reasoning framework and advanced manual assessment and management options. Skilled reasoning is evidence based medicine at its best.
Neurodynamics is a new science. This course offers a fresh understanding and management strategies for common syndromes such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, nerve root disorders, carpal tunnel syndromes and spinal pain.  Innovative management tools involve conservative decompression of nerves, various neural mobilizing techniques and the new patient education techniques which emerge from neurodynamics and pain sciences.

Course Objectives
  1. To gain new and updated knowledge of neurodynamics and pathobiology of the nervous system related to manual examination
  2.  To gain safe and effective handling skills in the examination and interpretation of physical dysfunction of the nervous system
  3.  To utilize these skills in novel, active, passive and education based management
  4. To integrate manual handling skills with pain sciences and clinical reasoning practices
  5. To professionally refresh course participants

Course Instructor
 Robert Johnson is owner / Clinical Director of Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Bob is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Physical Therapy Association and is very active in post-professional education of physical therapists locally, nationally and internationally.  Bob’s clinical practice focuses on difficult pain management interventions for acute and chronic disorders.  He is director of education for NOI US which represents David Butler for NOI in the US, South America, and the Middle East.  Bob has been a ‘nerve head’ for a really long time and has taught with David Butler and the NOI team since 1999.

Course Program
DAY 1 – 8:00am to 5:30pm, registration 7:30 to 8:00am
•    Neuro Orthopaedic Approach and Clinical Reasoning
•    Physical Examination of the Nervous System
•    Lab: Palpation of the Nervous System
•    Neuroanatomy and Neurodynamics
•    The Straight Leg Raise and The Slump Tests
•    Pain: The Challenge
•    Nociceptive Pain Mechanisms
•    Upper Limb Neurodynamic Tests

DAY 2 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
•    Peripheral Neuropathic Pain Mechanisms
•    Upper Limb Neurodynamic Tests
•    Central Pain States
•    Analysis of Neurodynamics Tests
•    Precautions and Contraindications
•    Prone Knee Bend Test
•    The Autonomic Nervous System
•    Mobilizing the Sympathetic Nervous System
•    Contributing Factors in Chronic Pain
•    Treatment: Acute, Sub-Acute and Chronic Disorders
•    Managing Central Pain States

Rooms can be reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula. Please call
(406) 532-5300. Please reference MAPTA Fall Conference 2014 when making reservations. Room Block rate is $119 and expires on September 12, 2014.

Business Meeting
Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Lunch is included for those registered for Saturday courses. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online). Please send agenda items to the office or President Jay Shaver by Sept. 13, 2014. Final agenda will be posted by Sept. 24, 2014.

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:
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.

Lifetime Member:
Lifetime members can take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount.

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