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Welcome to the Maine Chapter APTA

Advance Registration for the Maine Chapter Spring Conference Is Closed But You Can Still Register Onsite on April 19 - Hope to See You There!

We hope you can join us for the Maine Chapter Spring Conference, to be held April 19, 2014, at Husson University, O’Donnell Commons Building, Therapeutic Skills Lab, in Bangor. The basic schedule (6 contact hours) follows: 

  • 8:30 - 9:00 am                    Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30 am                  Seminar
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am                Break/Husson Student poster presentations
  • 11:00 am - 12: 30 pm          Seminar (con’t)
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm                  Maine Chapter Meeting (lunch provided)
  • 2:00 - 5:00 pm                    Seminar (con’t)

Speaker Terry Pratt, PT, MS, COMT, FAAOMPT, will be presenting “Physical Therapy in 3D: Integration of Functional Exercise and Manual Therapy for the Lumbar Spine.”

Description: Treatment for low back pain has advanced over the past decade. There are several contributing factors, including a broader understanding of core stabilization, lumbar biomechanics, and recognition of the biopsychosocial effects of long-term low back pain. There also has been a push for evidence-based practice, including clinical prediction rules, functional assessment codes, and pain questionnaires. Trying to keep pace with all the changes in medicine while providing effective and efficient care is becoming a greater challenge. This seminar will review the current evidence, review the biomechanics of the lower quadrant (TL junction, Lumbar Spine, SI joint and Hip) and demonstrate collaborative assessment and treatment techniques. The clinical assessment and treatment techniques, which will be demonstrated, can be utilized in the clinic immediately. By functionally evaluating and treating our patients through a collaborative approach both the treating therapist and the patient will feel empowered and the treatment itself will be more effective.

Objectives:

  • Review current advances in treatment of low back pain.
  • Discuss the biopsychosocial approach to addressing low back pain.
  • Explain how structures above and below the lumbar spine adversely impact its functional ability.
  • Demonstrate assessment techniques for the lumbar spine using a collaborative approach.
  • Demonstrate treatment techniques for the lumbar spine using a collaborative approach.
  • Review different technologies which are available to assist the patient’s understanding of their condition and how to improve adherence to a self-management program.

Speaker Bio: Terry received his MSPT from Andrews University in 1997 and his FAAOMPT in 2013 through the NAIOMT Fellowship Program. He has been lab assisting with NAIOMT since 2002, obtained CFI status in 2013, and recently because a faculty instructor. Terry has been adjunct faculty for The University of Maine System, Southern New Hampshire University, and Medbridge education. He has taught courses in Clinically Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Bridging the Gap: Between Evidence-based Research and the Reality of the Clinic. He developed teaching manuals for the McConnell Institute faculty, produced technique videos for NAIOMT, formatted and reviewed the textbook Manipulative Thrust Techniques of the Spine by Earl Pettman and the manual for distance mentoring for NAIOMT clinical fellowship instructors and fellows in training. Terry is writing a section for a home study course for the Orthopedic Section of APTA addressing treatment of the injured lumbar spine to be published later this year. Terry currently is the clinical director of Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy in Topsham, Maine. He has a keen interest in biomechanics, functional application of manual therapy, prolotherapy, and utilizing technology in the clinic to educate patients. Terry resides in Brunswick, where he enjoys spending time with his family and all the outdoor activities that Maine has to offer.

Registration is limited to 40, so register soon!  Pricing appears below.

Member Type 

Advance
(Ends April 7)
 

Onsite
(Begins April 19)

*APTA Maine Chapter Members

$100

$140

Non-Chapter APTA Members

$165      

$210

Non-APTA Members

$200

$240

Students

$50

$90

Group Rate (3 or more registering from same facility)

$90

Not available

President’s Message

I wanted to take the occasion of our first chapter newsletter of 2014 to highlight a couple Maine Chapter accomplishments from the last year and to let the membership know about some of our plans for 2014.

We started out 2013 with the need to change our chapter’s management services, as our prior executive secretary stepped down. We were able make arrangements with APTA’s Management Services Department and as a result have had Cindy Sliwa as the Chapter’s executive director for approximately 10 months. With a new executive director in place, the chapter now has the benefit of more comprehensive office services, including an active effort to improve communication with the membership via frequent chapter newsletters, reinstituted welcome letters to new members and notifications to dropped members, online course registrations, updated membership material, online elections, etc. Chapter finances have also been centralized.

Also in 2013, the Chapter drafted, supported and ensured passage of legislation An Act To Amend the Law Governing Provider Contracts with Insurance Companies (for more info, visit the Legislative page of this site). This major accomplishment would not have occurred without the support of our Chapter membership. Additionally the Chapter approved updated bylaws in 2013 (posted under Resources).

As we move into 2014, the Board has drafted a new Mission Statement to lead the way: The Maine Chapter supports the highest quality physical therapy services within the state, promotes the profession of physical therapy, and represents the chapter members to the American Physical Therapy Association. This will be used as the basis of a new 3-year Strategic Plan for the Maine Chapter. 

We are looking forward to many exciting opportunities this year for membership, including Chapter-sponsored continuing education in spring and fall and other new initiatives (these will be posted under Education and will be shared in the Chapter electronic newsletter, as they are finalized). There are a number of opportunities to participate in the activities of the chapter on both committees and special projects. I encourage you to contact me or other members of the board regarding any questions or interests that you may have. Happy new year!

Jon Morren, PT
President, APTA Maine Chapter
jmorren@outlook.com