Recorded CE Webinar: PT Management for Patients with Pain
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/19/2020 to 9/12/2021
When: Monday, October 19, 2020
Where: Recorded Webinar
United States
Contact: Erin Stack

Online registration is available until: 9/12/2021
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PT Management for Patients with Pain

*This is a recording from the live CE Event presented on October 17th, 2020*


This course will focus on physical therapist management to maximize outcomes for patients with pain. This will include the practical application of pain neuropsychology in physical therapy practice. An overview of pain neurophysiology, including peripheral, central, and psychological factors will be provided to help participants integrate current pain science knowledge into practice. Participants will learn a mechanistic classification system that will help guide the examination, evaluation, and treatment of patients with pain. Treatment strategies that integrate traditional interventions performed by PTs, such as exercise and manual therapy, with neuropsychology based interventions, such as education, shared goal setting, and graded exposure, will be reviewed.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify basic neurophysiology, including peripheral, central, and psychological factors, that may inform the management of patients with pain.
  2. Compare and contrast the strengths and weakness of the biomechanical/biomedical and biopsychosocial approaches.
  3. Communicate effectively using language that will maximize self-efficacy and patient outcomes.
  4. Select appropriate examination measures for patients with pain.
  5. Determine when patients need further examination or consultation/referral to another health care professional.
  6. Evaluate findings to determine a pain mechanistic classification.
  7. Determine a reasonable prognosis with consideration of patient comorbidities, values, and goals.
  8. Create a plan of care focused on achieving the patient’s functional goals.


Target Audience:

This course is intended for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students with varying years of clinical experience. The concepts and principles covered will benefit all participants and enable them to translate this information immediately into clinical practice.


Instructional Methods:

A combination of lecture and discussion will be used during this presentation to facilitate learning and exchange of ideas.



Course Presenters: Adam Rufa, PT, DPT, PhD AND Michelle Dolphin, PT, DPT, MS


Presenter Bios:

Adam Rufa, PT, DPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Dr. Adam Rufa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy Education at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has been practicing for over 18 years with an emphasis on treating patients with chronic pain conditions. Dr. Rufa’s research is focused on improving the outcomes of patients with chronic pain and he recently completed his dissertation “The Impact of Physical Therapist Attitudes and Beliefs on the Outcomes of Patients with Low Back Pain.” He was the recipient of the NYPTA RDF grant in 2015 and studied the impact of neuroscience education in older adults with chronic low back pain. Dr. Rufa is currently a member of the NYPTA Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee, and Opioid Alternative Special Committee.


Michelle Dolphin, PT, DPT, MS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Dr. Michelle Dolphin has been a practicing physical therapist for 26 years. She is currently an Associate Professor and Associate DPT Program Director at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Clinically, Dr. Dolphin practices in outpatient PT for Upstate Medical and is a consultant for performing artists. She completed Orthopaedic PT residency at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (Woburn, MA) and obtained initial ABPTS Board Certification in Orthopaedics in 2001 (recertification in 2011). She is currently a Fellow in Training in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy at Regis University (Denver, CO).



Registration Rates

Members: $35.00

Non-Members: $70.00



Course Information

4-Hour Course Recording

Approved CEH's: 4.8

**Recording link will be provided to registered attendee's after payment is made**

If you register/pay after 4pm on Fridays please expect to receive your recording on Monday mornings when the NYPTA office opens

*In order to receive CE credit you will need to complete the evaluation form & course questionnaire that will be sent in the same email as the recording link*


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