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Pain is a multidimensional and intensely personal experience. This course will help you understand how to select the right application and interpretation of key tools for fully exploring a patient’s pain experience, and how those results can inform clinical decisions. The perils, pitfalls, and advances of measuring an invisible experience make this a difficult topic to understand. This course will cover the methods through which comprehensive pain assessment leads to informed management and optimized outcomes.
David Walton (@uwo_dwalton) completed his BScPT in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1999, MSc in Neuroscience in 2001, and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science from Western in 2010. Following a combined 10 years of clinical practice, he is now Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University…
James (Jim) Elliott (@elliottjim) completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia (UQ) in 2007 and a post-doctoral fellowship (2010) at UQ’s Centre for Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health and the Centre for Advanced Imaging. He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine and the principal…
This chapter describes the importance of multiple evaluation procedures. The participant will learn how consistent results from different pieces of evidence are sufficient to identify whether or not that domain is a problem.
3. The Generic ‘Go-To’ Tools that Should be in Everyone’s Toolbox
In Chapter Three Dr. Walton will present his recommendations for the three go-to tools he uses for every patient with pain and describes how they inform my subsequent evaluation.
4. Key clinical Tools for Comprehensive Pain Assessment
In Chapter Four, Mr. Walton will describe key measurement tools that are widely supported in the literature for purposes of quantifying a patient’s position on each of the neuromatrix domains.
5. Informed Treatment Decisions
In the final chapter of the this course, the participant will look at how the different pain profiles might lead to different approaches to treatment.
This course will break down the challenge of whiplash, including topics such as its incidence, cost, trajectory, and presentation. You will review the mechanisms that influence clinical presentation and recovery as well as the clinical assessment and evaluation procedures. Dr. Walton and Dr. Elliot will review screening for red flags, key interview questions, clinical tests, appropriate use of diagnostic imaging, recommended self-report questionnaires and outcomes. You will also cover what is known about the factors that influence recovery from acute WAD, and how clinicians can use this information for prognosis-based treatment programs.
This course will review the current state of evidence for managing acute WAD to facilitate recovery and prevent chronicity. You will learn about the current state of evidence for managing chronic WAD to minimize disability and optimize function. The course will also cover interdisciplinary care considerations in acute and chronic WAD such as when to refer, to whom, and why.