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Justifiable Aquatic Therapy for the Low Back, Neck, and Chronic Pain (Rochester, MN)

 
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ABOUT THIS 2-DAY COURSE
 

A 16-hour training (20 hours with optional Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp) designed to provide evidence-based support for treating the patient with low back, neck and chronic pain  – and then to practice these techniques in water.

 

Will focus exclusively on spinal and chronic pain patients. Examines recent research findings which support aquatic therapy for this population. Provides detailed instruction of the following techniques as relates to the low back and pain patients: PNF, Spinal Stabilization, Burdenko Method and more.

 

This class is being hosted by Shorewood Senior Campus.

 


 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

1. Given sufficient published evidence, justify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is in pain or experiencing muscle spasm, (b) the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (c) the patient is unable to exercise in a gravity-dominant environment.
2.   Create an evidence-supported list of precautions and contraindications relevant to therapists working with patients with chronic pain, back or neck pain, and/or shoulder conditions.
3. Demonstrate medical necessity for aquatic therapy by use of appropriate justification language as requested by payers.
4. Given a mock patient scenario related to a back or neck pain diagnosis, demonstrate 2-3 examples of specific aquatic postural correction and/or rehabilitation techniques that are most appropriate for the patient's unique needs.
5. Given a mock patient scenario related to a global chronic pain diagnosis, demonstrate 2-3 examples of specific aquatic postural correction and/or rehabilitation techniques that are most appropriate for the patient's unique needs.

6.  Through role play, demonstrate the difference between performing lumbar stabilization activities on land and in the water.

7.  Through role play, demonstrate the difference between positioning and treating the patient’s cervical spine on land and in the water.

8. Safely introduce 10 aquatic exercises into a post-operative protocol for rotator cuff repair.
9. Through role play, demonstrate the difference between protecting and treating the patient’s shoulder on land and in the water.

10.   Given a mock patient scenario related to a shoulder pain diagnosis, demonstrate 2-3 examples of specific aquatic postural correction and/or rehabilitation techniques that are most appropriate for the patient's unique needs.

11. Design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan for 1-2 of the following conditions:
Fibromyalgia and other global pain disorders
Low back pain
Neck pain
Shoulder diagnoses


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

 

DAY 1
8:00-12:00 Lecture and Land Lab (15 minute energy break at 10:00)
12:00-1:00 - Change and eat lunch
1:00-3:15 - Pool Lab
3:15-3:30 - Energy Break
3:30-5:30 - Pool Lab
5:30-5:45 - Wrap-up & Discussion



DAY 2
8:00-12:00 Lecture and Land Lab  (15 minute energy break at 10:00)
12:00-1:00 - Change and eat lunch
1:00-3:15 - Pool Lab
3:15-3:30 - Energy Break
3:30-5:30 - Pool Lab
5:30-5:45 - Wrap-up & Discussion

 


MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Kimberly Gordon, MPT, MAqI
Main Campus Director

Tracks: Musculo, Geriatric, Sports

kim gordon pixKimberly Gordon, MPT graduated from Mayo Clinic's School of Health Related Sciences with her Master's degree in Physical Therapy. She began practicing in an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Sarasota, FL where her case-load included orthopedic and post-surgical clients, including older adults with torn knee and ankle ligaments, total joint replacements, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and gait dysfunction. She went on to manage a branch for that company in Bradenton, FL. Upon moving back to Rochester, MN, she spent time working in a local nursing home, helping to develop their short term rehab program to increase the number of joint replacement patients in the facility and to better manage these patients as a team in the nursing home. She then moved into a home health physical therapy position, bringing innovative ideas to the patient returning from a hospital or nursing home stay after surgery or trauma, including many with new joint replacement patients.

She currently works at both the Rochester Active PT office and the Plainview ActivePT office (managing the Plainview office) where she specializes in treating orthopedic patients both in and out of the therapy pool. Her specialty is treating pelvic, hip and knee patients and the majority of her patients come with women's health, orthopedic and sports medicine complaints.


Kim has over 11 years of treating primarily orthopedic patients with 7 of those years specializing in sports medicine. Kim also has over 200 hours of continuing education including SI joint dysfunction, Shoulder rehabilitation presented by Kevin Wilk, pelvic floor training through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute, a certification course in Pilates training and specializes in Pilates. She also teaches a Pilates class at the Rochester Athletic Club and has devoloped specialized classes for the athletic club including Back School, return to Pilates after rehabilitiation, and prenatal Pilates.
 
Kim's area of specialty is the hip and pelvis. This includes pelvic floor dysfunction, low back and hip pain, total joint replacements, and SI dysfunction. She has trained for 3 years with Aquatic Therapy University, achieving lead instructor status under their extensive instructor's curriculum. Kim offers specialty training in the following through her affiliation with ActivePT.
  • Pilates
  • Back School
  • Osteoporosis


Kim lives in Rochester with her husband and two children. She enjoys playing soccer, biking, and running, has completed her first duathalon, and continues to compete in annual half marathons throughout the midwest.

What they are saying about Kim

 


 

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This seminar is designed for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and others with previous experience in aquatic therapy. Participants should have practiced in aquatic setting for a minimum of 500 hours in order to fully participate in class lecture and labs. This class is an elective course in the musculoskeletal and geriatric tracks for ATU certificates.

 


ABOUT ATU TRAININGS:

  • Our classes are taught by board-certified therapists and physicians with Masters degrees and above who have extensive aquatic experience. Our instructors will teach you the essentials you need to know in order to get you started with your aquatic therapy career.

     
  • Our teaching style is entirely hands-on and personal. You will first be introduced to new concepts and techniques during classroom lectures after which you will transition into the pool to tactilly apply what you have learned. Classes are capped at 25-30 students to insure all attendees receive the one-on-one personalized attention we are known for.

     
  • Because learning is a continual process, all students will go home with a class manual that reinforces the concepts covered in class. They also get a free 1-year membership to Aquatic Resources Network's online research, support forums and equipment discounts.
     

ATU CREDENTIALING:

This is a 800 series class (teaches Intermediate skills). This class is an elective class for individuals seeking ATU Certificates of Advanced Recognition in the Musculoskeletal or Geriatric tracks.

 


 

APPLICABILITY FOR PT

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Physical Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Physical therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. The provision of skilled aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowlege; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

 


 

APPLICABILITY FOR OT

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Occupational therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. The provision of skilled aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowlege; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

 


 

APPLICABILITY FOR SLP

SLPs may choose to operate in an aquatic setting in order to benefit from the fluid and thermal properties of water while providing therapeutic interventions within their scope of practice. They do not typically seek reimbursement under CPT code 97113, but rather use traditional speech codes. ASHA has now granted CE hours for multiple aquatic therapy trainings, including a 16 hour Aquatic Therapy University training designed exclusively for the SLP provider. The provision of skilled aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowlege; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

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Meals:

Lunch: Provided
Energy breaks: Provided
Water: Provided
Dinner: On your own


Airports: 
Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl Airport (MSP)

Rochester Intl Airport (RST)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Programming Changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, ATU schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice.


Cancellation of Class By ATU: ATU classes may be cancelled for low registration up to 30 days prior to the class. In this event, a full refund of class tuition or a voucher to another class will be issued to students. ATU does not reimburse change fees, airline tickets or any other travel related expenses, so please do not make plans until you receive the 30-day confirmation prior to the conference.


Cancellation of Class by Student:  A refund, minus a $175 reseating fee, will be given for student cancellations made prior to 30 days before the conference. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 30 day deadline. In the event of a student cancellation after the deadline, enrollment fees may be transferred to other ATU courses within 12 months at no charge.

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