The Nonpharmacologic Logic and Approach to Pain
Section: Home Health Section
Session Code: HH-2B-8432
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 207B

Speaker(s):   Melissa Cady, D.O.
  Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic

You don't need to look far to hear about the pain epidemic in the United States. With over 100 million Americans with chronic or persistent pain, it is an undeniable health issue. However, it is not usually the pain itself that is life-threatening or the biggest health threat, but rather the approach and the means by which our medical system or society addresses the dilemma. In many cases, the pain epidemic is in the shadows of an overarching opioid epidemic and its associated overdose deaths. This tragic scenario is merely a symptom of a bigger problem, persistently treating symptoms with little appreciation for the cause and the consequential lack of pain science education delivered systemically. In this session, the speakers will describe the connection between physical therapists' involvement in assisting in prevention of opiate prescription and in deprescribing opiates with the use of nonpharmacological approach to pain management.

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

1. Discuss the current scope of the opioid crisis.

2. Explain the latest pain science approach used in patient management.

3. Define the role of physical therapists in the use of nonpharmacologic tools and pain science in the prevention of opioid prescription.

4. Describe how physical therapists can be involved in the management of patients with substance abuse disorders.

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