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7 August 2015 (12:00 noon) – Dr Louie Puentedura

Integrating Manual Therapy with Therapeutic Neuroscience Education

This webinar presentation will discuss the role of manual and manipulative therapy within the therapeutic neuroscience education approach to patients with spinal pain.  Topics will include the problem of practice variation that is based on clinician-related factors; the classification based approach to managing spinal (neck and back) pain; pain neuroscience; and proposed mechanisms for manual and manipulative therapy (mechanical, neurophysiological, and placebo).

It will conclude with a ‘big picture’ view and proposal for treatment interventions to be matched to the individual patient.

Louie Puentedura obtained his entry-level Physiotherapy degree in Melbourne, Australia, and subsequently earned a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1983. In 1985 his presentation at the Australian Manipulative Therapists Association Conference in Brisbane entitled 'The Straight Leg Raise Test and Spinal Posture' helped to spark an interest in mobilisation of the nervous system.  Louie relocated to the USA with his family in 1995, where he received his OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist) in 1996 and recertified in 2006. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists (FAAOMPT). In 2005 he completed a Post-Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy with a focus on musculoskeletal conditions through Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona. He also completed his PhD in Physical Therapy through Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2011.  Louie is currently an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Throughout his 32+ years as a physical therapist, Louie has presented at many National Conferences, initially in Australia and New Zealand, and more recently in the USA and Spain. His presentations focus on manual therapy theory and practice, neurodynamics, and more recently, on the motor control issues surrounding pain sciences and pain science education. 

Louis is one of the invited keynote speakers at the 2015 NZMPA Conference in Christchurch on 22 and 23 August 2015 and he will also present a 2 day Pre-Conference course entitled “Therapeutic Neuroscience Education”.  Refer to the details here.

2 November 2015 (8:00 pm)  Dr Timothy Flynn

The World is in Pain

Spinal pain management around the world is inconsistent, costly, frequently ineffective and associated with significant risks to the population.  In the United States, healthcare expenditures for low back pain are estimated at $85 billion.  A huge driver of this cost is due to overutilisation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the resultant "medicalisation" of low back pain due to its visually exquisite depiction of pathoanatomy.  This webinar will present data and patient examples of the alarming and escalating harms caused by inappropriate imaging and spine surgery along with the new roles of the manual physical therapist in terms of patient advocate, patient counsellor, society educator, and primary care manager of spinal pain disorders.

Dr Flynn is an expert clinician and owner of Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists where he is dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible. His primary clientele is made up of individuals suffering from low back pain, chronic spinal disorders, failed back surgeries, and chronic pain disorders.  He is on the executive board of Evidence in Motion Institute for Health Professions, which passionately promotes a culture of evidence-based practice within the physical therapy profession. Dr Flynn is the immediate past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT).  He is a Professor at Evidence in Motion School of Physical Therapy at South College where he teaches professional students in the area of musculoskeletal management, advanced manipulation skills, and evidence-based practice.