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Upcoming: Spring Conference  |   Great Falls, MT  |   April 21, 2018

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    • 21-Apr-2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 22-Apr-2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Great Falls, Montana

    Spring Conference - Pain Science Approach to Treating Whiplash AND Peri-operative Neuroscience Education 

    Therapeutic Neuroscience Education from ISPI: 

    Pain Science Approach to Treating Whiplash 


    Peri-operative Neuroscience Education

    7.5 Contact Hours, MT category A 

    Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below. 

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    Provisions include a light continental breakfast including coffee, lunch at the business meeting. 


    Best Western Heritage Inn Great Falls. Please request MAPTA room block by calling 406-761-1900

    Board Meeting

    April 20, 2018, 6pm. Great Falls

    Business Meeting

    Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, April 21, 2017 at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online). Please send agenda items to the office or President Jay Shaver by March 31, 2018. Final agenda will be posted by April 11, 2018.

    Cancellation Policy

    MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

    Registration Cancellation by Participant:

    • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
    • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

    Group Discounts:

    10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

    Student Discounts: 

    Students may take any classroom course for only $99. Courses in which we need to limit numbers or labs do not apply.  If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

    Lifetime Member:

    Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.


    7:15-8:00 Professional Issues Forum - MAPTA
    8:00-10:00 Course
    10:00-10:15 Break
    10:15-12:00 Course
    12:00-2:00 MAPTA Membership Business Meeting & Lunch,
    2:00-end Course with break (see course agenda for actual end time)
    5:30 - end Join us at the Sip-n-Dip for a fun filled evening!

    About the course:

    Morning TOPIC: Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Pain Science Approach to Treating Whiplash

    Afternoon Topic: Peri-operative Neuroscience Education

    Course Description: 

    Perioperative Pain Neuroscience Education
    The perioperative period is filled with stress, anxiety and fear. All of these psychosocial factors have beenassociated with poor outcomes. From a neuroscience perspective, the perioperative period is associatedwith a hypervigilant nervous system. This heightened state of the nervous system and various psychosocialissues have been the target of various perioperative interventions for more than a quarter of a century,including preoperative education, pre-emptive analgesia, etc. The culmination of this work is the routinepreoperative education classes given to patients prior to surgery. From an orthopedic perspective,preoperative education is most prevalent in total knee and total hip arthroplasties. To date, however, threesystematic reviews have shown no postoperative benefit to these programs in regards to postoperativepain, range of motion, length of hospital stay and function. Emerging pain neuroscience research hasshown that these educational models fail partly due to a heavy focus on procedural and anatomicaleducation, with little to no attention being given to pain-specific education. A newly designed preoperativepain neuroscience education program has shown that teaching patients more about pain prior to surgeryleads various positive outcomes including significant decrease is healthcare utilization after surgery, patientsatisfaction and more. This class aims to introduce attendees to the development of the preoperativeneuroscience education session, the content, delivery methods and clinical application of such a programfor lumbar surgery and total knee arthroplasty.

    A Pain Science Approach to Whiplash
    Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) are clinically challenging and epidemiological studies currently show thatapproximately 30-40% of patients involved in motor vehicle collisions move into chronicity. Several authors haveimplicated various factors associated with the high prevalence of chronicity, including biomechanical reasons, copingbehaviors, bio-psycho-social yellow flags, environment and poor management in the acute phase. Modern painscience, however, has shown a significant hypervigilance of the nervous system within 7-10 days post motor vehiclecollision, which has been correlated to persistent pain. This 1-day, 8-hour lab class will delve into the latest painscience view of WAD including central sensitization, peripheral sensitization, and receptor field changes, functionaland structural changes in the brain – all which are associated with persistent pain. WAD is more than “just” tissueinjury and assessment and treatment of the hypervigilant nervous system is needed in the search for recovery inWAD. This class will include the latest clinical screening and tests including sensory discrimination, laterality, two-point discrimination, localization, pressure pain thresholds and more. Treatments will include pain neuroscienceeducation, graded motor imagery, sensory discrimination, neurodynamics, manual therapy, motor control,sensorimotor retraining and more. 

    Whiplash Course Objectives:

    Course Objectives:

    Per-Operative Course Objectives:

    Upon completion of this educational session the participants will be able to:

    1. Understand why a new bio-psycho-social approach was needed to address pain in orthopedicsurgery

    2. Understand the development and validation process of the preoperative neuroscience educationprogram for orthopedic surgery

    3. Be able to understand the content and delivery methods for the preoperative neuroscienceeducational program

    4. Recognize why the preoperative neuroscience educational program produced superior results tothe traditional biomedical model being utilized 

    5. Apply the information from the educational session into clinical practice

    Whiplash Course Objectives:

    Upon completion of this educational session the participants will be able to:

    1. Develop a pain science understanding of how WAD’s are “more than just” tissue injuries

    2. Recognize the various neurobiological, physiological and immune mediated processes associated with ahypervigilant nervous system in patients with a WAD

    3. Develop a clinical understanding of the common signs and symptoms of a sensitized nervous system in apatient with a WAD

    4. Recognize how a more comprehensive neuroscience treatment may be warranted in patients with a WAD

    5. Safely and effectively use the tests and treatments used in the class6. Implement test and treatment principles from the lecture into clinical practice

    About the Speaker

    Brett Neilson, PT, DPT, OCS, TPS, FAAOMPT

    Brett earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington.  He is Board Certified in orthopedic physical therapy and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He completed an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency and Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship with Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions and his Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification with the International Spine and Pain Institute. Brett currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Physical Therapy Association of Washington and as a Nominating Committee member for the Pain Management SIG of the APTA. Brett has served in many roles such as clinic director in private practice, as a contractor for the US Air Force and as Trial Coordinator, coordinating the day-to-day activity on two large multi-center randomized controlled trials in knee osteoarthritis and low back strengthening for Army combat medics. Currently he practices in Kent, WA with Outpatient Physical Therapy, a private practice group, where he mentors EIM residents and treats patients with chronic pain and movement dysfunctions. He is also on staff with EIM and serves as their Admissions Director and adjunct faculty. Brett also serves as Adjunct Faculty for South College Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in Knoxville, TN and ISPI. 

    • 02-Nov-2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 04-Nov-2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • TBA

    The Board Orientation and Retreat is required for incoming and outgoing board members to help transition new board and committee members as well as orient everyone to duties of the board, MAPTA structures and policies, and to review the strategic plan to better understand the mission and goals of the organization.

    Committee Chairs are encouraged to attend. Committee members are welcome to join this retreat.

    Please save this date and RSVP here. This will help with planning for accommodations and for meals. Site will be determined at a later date.


    Friday dinner, 6:30pm


    7:00am Breakfast on site

    8:00am - 10:00am Orientation details TBA

    10:00am - 10:15am Break

    10:15am - 12:00 Breakouts - committees meet with leaders; outgoing and incoming board members meet with leaders

    12:00-12:30pm Lunch

    12:30pm - 2:30pm Orientation details TBA

    2:30pm - 2:45pm Break

    2:45pm - 5:00pm Orientation details TBA

    Post Orientation Social encouraged but not required; accomodations are available for Saturday night.

    On your own.

    • 01-Feb-2019
    • 27-Jan-2020
    • Montana

    Feb 1/2*
     25/26 or Feb 1/2*
    Great Falls 
    Bozeman or Chico*
     18/19 or 25/26*
    13/14 Missoula 
    4/5 or 11/12*

    (* tentative) : Starred dates and sites are tentative until a contract is signed with a site. Some dates subject to change if we find a conflict.

Past events

27-Jan-2018 Winter Conference 2018: Course 2 of 2: Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the Low Back, Pelvis & Hips -Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills
27-Jan-2018 Winter Conference 2018: Course 1 of 2: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Skills for helping patients make healthy choices
26-Jan-2018 MAPTA Board Meeting
07-Oct-2017 Fall Conference 2017: Postural Respiration
22-Apr-2017 Spring Conference 2017: NOI course: Explain Pain
28-Jan-2017 Winter Conference 2017, Course ONE of two: Functional movement strategies for the legs, knees & feet: Understanding relationships and optimizing movement
28-Jan-2017 Winter Conference 2017, Course TWO of two: Dizziness and Balance Issues in Persons Post Concussion and with mild Traumatic Brain Injury
24-Sep-2016 Fall Conference 2016 Course 1: Contemporary Topics in Physical Therapy Practice for Athletes with ACL Injury, Ryan L. Mizner, PT, PHD
24-Sep-2016 Fall Conference 2016 Course 2 (one day course): Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Know Pain; Know Gain AND A Pain Science Approach to Treating Headaches
31-Aug-2016 Primal Reflex Release Technique Course - DVD and Discount
23-Apr-2016 Spring Conference 2016: Two Courses - Payment/Policy by Helene Fearon or Therapeutic Exercise by Tim Fearon
30-Jan-2016 Winter Conference 2016: Wendy Burke presents Therapeutic Kinesiology Taping for the Whole Body
03-Oct-2015 Fall Conference 2015:George Davies Presents and MORE
18-Apr-2015 Spring Conference 2015: Two Courses to Choose From
24-Jan-2015 Winter Conference 2015: Treating the Person with Dizziness, Susan Whitney DPT, PhD
04-Oct-2014 Fall Conference 2014: Mobilization of the Nervous System
04-Oct-2014 Fall Conference Social: The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show, Top Hat, Missoula
12-Apr-2014 Spring Conference 2014
25-Jan-2014 2014 Winter Conference and Business Meeting
28-Sep-2013 Fall Conference 2013
20-Apr-2013 Treating the Whole Person with The Integrated Systems Model for Pain & Disability - An Evidence-Based Approach to Optimize Function & Performance, Diane Lee BSR, FCAMT, CGIMS 12.75 CE Hours/1.275 CEUs Spring Conference 2013
26-Jan-2013 Winter Conference 2013
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