presented by Susan Stralka
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Susan Stralka, PT, DPT, MS
Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She earned her bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee (UTHSC). She has a strong clinical background in…Read full bio
1. Overview of Pediatric/Children’s Pain
This chapter will discuss the impact that pain has on children as well as the misconceptions about pain in this population. The developmental differences and age related pain expressions will be reviewed.
2. Pain Responses
Understanding and differentiating musculoskeletal and neuropathic symptoms in children will be discussed. Children with persistent pain are often not diagnosed early on and then central nervous system changes or central sensitization develop. The importance of addressing the biopsychosocial side of pain will be emphasized.
3. Update On Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
The similarities and differences of amplified musculoskeletal pain and idiopathic musculoskeletal pain compared to CRPS will be presented. Understanding the guidelines for treatment of children with CRPS and the importance of early identification of brain changes to improve outcomes will be reviewed.
4. Using Neuroplasticity To Treat Pain
Research has shown that training the brain and the use of multidisciplinary service produce the best outcomes. The role of mirror therapy and graded motor imagery will be presented. Advancement in using Ketamine (medication) to shut down receptors will be discussed. A summary of treating children and the importance of educating for discharge will be included.