Remapping Neuroplasticity and Pain in the Clinic: A Case Series Session
Section: Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity PT
Session Code: HR-2A-5872
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 5

Speaker(s):   Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD
  Stephen Schmidt, PT, MSc, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Physical therapy, neuroscience, and brain imaging advances have shown that decreased movement of body parts lead to functional and structural changes in the brain. These neuronal representations of body parts are dynamically maintained, and changes in shape and size of body maps correlate to increased pain and disability. Neglect, increased fear-avoidance, and decreased use of body parts increases pain and disability, along with sensitization of the nervous system, resulting in some patients becoming too hot to handle.쳌 Neuroplasticity also provides hope. Body maps can be retrained within minutes. One strategy used in normalizing cortical maps is graded motor imagery (GMI), including normalizing laterality, motor imagery, mirror therapy, sensory discrimination, sensory integration, and more. The growing evidence shows the GMI program as a whole or parts of it can be used clinically to help desensitize a hypersensitive nervous system. This session will use a series of published case studies and case series showcasing how brief GMI interventions can be readily applied in real-life clinics and result in immediate shifts in pain, thus accelerating recovery in people struggling with persistent pain.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1.Develop a greater understanding of the structural and functional changes in the brain as it pertains to pain.

2. Recognize various clinical tests that can be used to screen for altered neuroplasticity.

3. Experience the immediate application of brief remapping techniques in a variety of patient cases.

4. Recognize how brief remapping techniques can alter patient sensitivity and positively influence pain in real-life clinical practice.

5. Immediately apply the information from the educational session in clinical practice.

CEU: 0.2

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