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IFOMPT Webinars


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IFOMPT hosts up to four live webinars per year with the purpose of sharing knowledge and exposing our Member Organisations and Registered Interest Groups to renowned presenters from around the world. Webinars are attended at a small attendance fee and the income is used to further enhance the objects of IFOMPT. The webinars are recorded and are available a library hosted by APTA on a user-pay basis following the live events - https://learningcenter.apta.org/Default.aspx.  For easy access to the specific  recordings you can also click on the link below the photograph of each presenter in the IFOMPT Webinar Hall of Fame.

Any recommendations about potental presenters are most welcome and can be sent to admin@ifompt.org.

IFOMPT Webinar Hall of Fame 
We have been honoured to have highly respected presenters involved in our webinars and acknowledge their contribution to reaching the IFOMPT objective of sharing knowledge for the advancement of OMPT practice worldwide.

Webinar 1:  Prof Chad Cook -  Manual Therapy and Pain Science - Two Brothers from Another Mother

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Link to online course registration: http://learningcenter.apta.org/student/mycourse.aspx?id=7e3ca4ab-f524-4eb7-bbbc-a0c4b8162a96

Pain Science and Orthopedic Manual Therapy are both intervention methods that are designed to reduce pain and improve global outcomes of patients. Both interventions involve pain modulatory principles and both have been well studied in the literature. Recent social media chatter, clinical opinion, and an occasional publication, have pitted these two intervention methods as opposing constructs. This webinar discusses the key principles of each approach and compares and contrasts. Certainly, the methods are not the same, but interestingly, they have similar genetics that are worth discussion.

Webinar 2:  Emeritus Prof Gwendolen Jull - Non-Specific Neck Pain: The Case for Specific Treatment The burden of neck pain is rising. In recent times, the term non-specific neck pain has been advocated in some quarters in recognition of the difficulty in diagnosing a distinct pathological lesion either in the clinical examination or with current imaging practices. In tandem, generic non-specific management approaches of advice and activity are appearing. In this webinar, it will be argued, based on extensive research, that any prospect of reducing the burden of neck pain for the individual patient requires patient centred, specific care whether the management is, manipulative therapy, therapeutic exercise, education, or behaviour modification.


Webinar 3:  Dr Toby Hall - Manual Therapy and Exercise for Headache

Headache is a common and debilitating condition, which can be difficult to diagnose and manage as it is both a symptom and a disease. The International Headache Society lists more than 300 different forms of headache, many arising from serious pathology, and clearly not all can be managed through physical intervention such as manual therapy and exercise. However, physical treatments have been shown to be effective in the long-term management of specific headache forms, including cervicogenic and tension-type headache. This seminar clarified evidence-based classification and management of headache suitable for physical treatment including exercise to improve clinical management. 
 

Webinar 4:  Dr Annina Schmid - Getting on your Nerves: Clues and Pitfalls when Assessing and Managing Patients with Entrapment Neuropathies

Patients with entrapment neuropathies such as radiculopathies or carpal tunnel syndrome are frequently seen by physiotherapists. However, diagnosis and treatment often remain challenging. In this webinar, I will incorporate the latest evidence from both clinical and preclinical sciences which have significantly advanced our understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of entrapment neuropathies. Common believes will be challenged and clues and pitfalls in the assessment and management of patients with entrapment neuropathies highlighted. This webinar will help participants to

1.            understand the heterogeneity of patients with entrapment neuropathies

2.            know how to (or not to) interpret commonly used tests

3.            understand why a one-size-fits-all management for these patients has failed.


Webinar 5:   Diane Lee - The Role of the Thorax in Pelvic Girdle Pain & Dysfunction
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Link to online course registration: https://learningcenter.apta.org/student/mycourse.aspx?id=8ccc2473-5c08-431d-aacd-b2752676de41

Understanding the relationship between, and within, body regions and the consequences of impaired function of one region on another is complex. Many health practitioners specialize in body regions (low back, neck, knee) and treatment is often based on the practitioner’s training and experience. However, this reductionist approach may not be optimal in that each body region is also integrated, and interdependent, as part of the whole body/person.  No studies have correlated persistent pain anywhere in the body to a consistent impairment. Therefore, in persistent pain conditions such as low back pain, pelvic girdle, pain, plantar fasciitis, headache etc., understanding what body region, and system within that region, should be treated requires an individual clinical reasoning approach. This 45-minute lecture will introduce tests to determine when the thorax is playing a critical role for an individual with impaired function of the pelvic girdle (loss of mobility and/or control) with or without associated pelvic girdle pain. The role of manual therapy for articular, neural, myofascial and/or visceral system impairments impacting the various thoracic rings will be outlined as part of the individualized multi-modal treatment approach.

Webinar 6:   Prof  Jaap van Dieen - Motor Control cnanges on low-back pain

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Link to online course registration: https://learningcenter.apta.org/student/mycourse.aspx?id=93fa69f3-1638-47e7-9977-8ca91fcfc23f

Pain and especially movement-related pain is a strong stimulus to change the way we move. Consequently, differences in motor control between patients with low-back pain and healthy controls can be expected. However, studies show that these changes are not very inconsistent; large variance exists in findings on motor control between studies and between patients within studies. The theoretical approach I take in my research is to consider changes in motor control in low-back pain as outcomes of a learning process under the influence of pain and pain-related cognitions. This theory yields quite specific predictions that are largely in line with empirical observations, but that require further testing. In this webinar, I will outline this theory, describe motor control changes that we and others have observed in patients with low-back pain and finally I will discuss clinical implications.

Webinar 7:   Prof  Kim Bennell - Increasing accessibility to physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis

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Link to online course registration: https://learningcenter.apta.org/student/mycourse.aspx?id=5e9691c7-2b17-470e-9824-6128f0c718b8

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a major public health problem worldwide. Self-management via lifestyle treatments, such as exercise/physical activity and weight loss, is integral to minimizing pain and maintaining physical function. However, OA care is suboptimal internationally with underuse of lifestyle treatments a major problem. There are numerous barriers to uptake of and adherence to lifestyle treatments. One major barrier is difficulty accessing clinicians and/or resources (due to geography, lack of clinicians, cost, inconvenience & disability). Given the high adoption rate of computers, mobile devices and internet globally, online approaches provide new opportunities for delivering services remotely to people with osteoarthritis and supporting them to self-manage. These approaches include internet-mediated video conferencing, mobile phone text messaging, web resources & online support groups. Blended interventions are also relatively new ways of delivering health care whereby online resources are combined with some degree of therapeutic guidance. Evidence for effectiveness of such approaches will be reviewed. Key challenges to implementation and future directions for research in the field will be highlighted.

Webinar 8: Prof Michelle Sterling - Early physiotherapy management of acute whiplash injury: How can we do better?

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Physiotherapists are the health care provider most commonly involved in the management of acute whiplash injury. Yet traditional physiotherapy treatments of advice, exercise and manual therapy have only small effects with many injured people developing chronic pain and disability despite treatment. Injured people with poor recovery present a complex clinical picture with psychological distress (particularly posttraumatic stress symptoms) and features of nociplastic pain making clinical management challenging. This webinar will outline evident-based risk stratified assessment of people with acute whiplash and how treatment targeting individual risk factors can be integrated into usual physiotherapy care. 

Webinar 9: Laura Finucane - An international framework to support identification of serious pathology of the spine - Translating into clinical practice
 

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While they often lack high quality empirical evidence, red flags remain the best tools available to the clinician to raise suspicion of serious spinal pathology when used in the context of a thorough, subjective and physical examination. The framework requires the clinician to consider both the evidence to support red flags and the individual profile of their patient to decide how concerned they are that a serious condition may exist. This webinar will look at how you might apply the framework into practice

 
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