The clinician's guide to predicting (and preventing) chronic pain after acute neck and low back injuries

Date/Time: Saturday November 7, 2015, 9-4:30
Cost: $100 OPA member, $120 Non-member
Location: Mississauga Clinic location TBA

In this 1-day interactive workshop, participants will learn the theory, application, and interpretation of prognosis-based assessment for patients with acute traumatic injuries of the neck (e.g. 'whiplash associated disorder') and low back (e.g. occupational low back injuries). Questions to be addressed include: Who develops chronic pain and who doesn't? What tools can I use clinically to identify the 'at risk' patient? Why (and when) does recovery go 'off the rails' and what if anything can I do to prevent chronicity and facilitate restoration of a normal life trajectory? The day will include a mix of theory and interactivity through use of cases and new clinical tools. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the overlap between psychology and biology, and have an informed discussion around the influences of previous experience and social environment. Rehabilitation paradigms that consider all aspects of a patient's health and wellness, beyond just the movements of joints and activity of muscles, will expand thinking about the nature of rehabilitation and recovery and lead to more informed treatment decisions. Included during the day will be practical experience applying some types of clinically-appropriate quantitative sensory testing, cognitive screening tools, and pain/function outcome measures. Newer concepts will include emerging clinical prediction rules for chronicity, triangulation and the utility of 'radar plots' in clinical practice.

About the speaker: Dave Walton, PT, PhD, FCAMPT is an Assistant Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University, an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, Director of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab, and an Executive Committee member of the Education Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Having returned to academia after a 10-year clinical practice, he now has over 45 scientific peer-reviewed publications and 3 book chapters, has spoken at several national and international conferences and


Note the course is open to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Medical and Nurse Practitioners.