Bonjour!

Just sitting lying here in the hotel room reflecting on an excellent day of programming. I was able to attend and live blog from these seven sessions, take home messages summarized here:

“Management of cervical spine disorders: Where to now?” by Gwen Jull

  • Creating classification schemes for treating patients with neck pain is a slippery slope
  • Using one patient example we can easily construct over a million subgroups
  • Teaching entry-level DPTs may require black and white concepts, but clinical reasoning resides in the gray

“Knowledge Transfer in the Age of Information Technology” by Stuart Gowland

  • Telemedicine is revolutionizing renal surgeries in remote locations in the south pacific
  • Operating rooms can be mobilized in buses that can reach remote areas of NZ
  • The quality of video is very important when it comes to broadcasting

“Motor Control of the Knee”

  • Manual therapy did not modulate spinal excitability in patients with knee pain
  • Resting knee pain was reduced in patients with knee OA following manipulation
  • To maintain the gains in knee ROM following 6 weeks of stretching, the patient must continue stretching 3 X per week

“Understanding Cervical Muscle”

  • Patients with whiplash assoc disorder (WAD) have impairments in lengthening and shortening of deep neck flexor muscles as quantified using ultrasonography
  • Detailed dissection of cadaver neck flexors revealed strong adherence of the muscles to the bones, not like drawings in Gray’s Anatomy

“Physiotherapists/ Physical therapists’ role in exercise prescription & “Exercise is medicine”” by Karim Khan

  • More people die in the USA as a result of low exercise than smoking, diabetes, and obesity – COMBINED
  • You must appeal first to the emotions of your patient, then use simple statements to effect changes in their behavior

“Tendinopathy task force – guideline development” by Alex Scott

  • It takes 17 years to get 14% of research findings adopted into clinical practice
  • CPG are viewed as too restrictive by clinicians

“Biological mechanisms of dizziness” by J Treleaven, E MajMalmstrom, R Landel

  • The neck is very unique, not just a muscular joint but a major sensory organ
  • Multimodal therapy is a great approach for treating these patients
  • Postural stability is impaired in patients with neck pain
  • Put frickin’ lasers on the heads of your patients! (Dr. Evil Voice)
  • Treat the neck like you would a sprained ankle

Off to bed, catch you all at 8AM with live blogging of Joy MacMacDermid!