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Water-Based Interventions for Musculoskeletal Disorders: An Aquatic Therapy Primer (Moline)

 
$595.00
Dates:
Apr 6-7, 2019
Location:
Moline, IL
Instructor:
Kara Morales, MS, PT, MAq, Aq
Hours:
16.0
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Two Rivers YMCA
2040 53rd Street

Moline, IL

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This course is hosted by our Iowa Campus, Aspire Aquatics. Clicking "Buy Now" above will redirect you to their payment page.

 

ABOUT THIS 2-DAY LAB-INTENSIVE COURSE

The course is designed to rapidly introduce participants to basic and intermediate aquatic treatment ideas for the musculoskeletal patient. It will provide an overview of treatments pertinent to pediatric, adult and geriatric practices, with an emphasis on the following musculoskeletal conditions: s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation, s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR), s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL), arthritis, chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia), and back and neck dysfunction. Provides participants with insight into musculoskeletal-specific precautions and contraindications to immersion. Teaches participants to justify aquatic therapy interventions to payers and referral sources. Includes an 8 hour aquatic lab of the most clinically useful elements of  popular aquatic specialty techniques for the musculoskeletal population.



LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Verbally justify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle, (b) the patient is in pain, or (c) if the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (d) the patient has lower extremity swelling.
     
  2. Verbally describe 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the patient with musculoskeletal complaints.
     
  3. Given a case scenario, make an argument for and against the relative merits of allowing patients with a specific precaution to participate in aquatic therapy.
     
  4. Gather, organize, and synthesize information regarding what payers (including Medicare) have to say about aquatic therapy for the patient with musculoskeletal complaints.
     
  5. Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a patient with a specific musculoskeletal condition. Be able to identify, locate, and analyze supportive research to bolster your case.
     
  6. With supervision and insruction, progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence. Repeat without supervision or instruction.
     
  7. Demonstrate 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:
  • increase strength
  • improve ROM
  • decrease pain and muscle spasm
  • improve trunk stability
  • improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
  • improve functional skills

    and critique each other's demonstrations.

7. Select, justify the choice, then demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the client with musculoskeletal complaints):

  • Aquatic adaptations of the Berg
  • Aquatic manual therapy and stretching
  • Aquatic yoga
  • Bad Ragaz Ring Method
  • Functional skills training
  • Progressive resistive exercise
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Salzman Blanket Drills (SBDs)
  • Trunk stabilization
  • Watsu
     

8. Working with a partner, develop and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following conditions:

  • s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation
  • s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR)
  • s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL)
  • arthritis
  • chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia)
  • back and neck dysfunction

 



TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is  primarily for  professionals  during  their  first  2 years of concentrated effort performing aquatic therapy. Those  likely  to  benefit  most are:  PTAs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATCs who are at the basic or intermediate level of skill acquisition and/or those who are at a higher level of skill, but who are looking for a survey course that provides a sample of most aquatic therapy techniques currently practiced. This class is a required class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Musculo Track.

 


SCHEDULE

Day 1

7:30-8:00 Registration
8:00-12:00 Lecture (15 min energy break at 10:00)
12:00-1:00 Lunch and change for pool
1:00-5:15 Pool lab (15 min energy break at 3:00)
5:15-5:30 Wrap Up

8 hrs

Day 2

8:00-12:00 Lecture (15 min energy break at 10:00)
12:00-1:00 Lunch and change for pool
1:00-5:15 Pool lab (15 min energy break at 3:00)
5:15-5:30 Wrap Up and Discussion

8 hrs


Meet Your Instructor

Kara Morales, MS, PT, MAq, Aq

Kara Morales MS, PT, MAq, Aq graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, DC with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in  2003. Since 2005, she has worked in outpatient orthopedics for Rock Valley Physical Therapy in Moline, Illinois, one of Rock Valley’s 26 clinics in the Quad City Metro area, as well as Des Moines, Iowa and Peoria, Illinois.  She spends part of her time in the clinic specializing in manual therapy techniques and also works in the pool providing one-on-one individualized patient care for orthopedic and geriatric populations. Over the last 10 years, Kara has worked to develop and expand the aquatic therapy program at Rock Valley Physical Therapy with emphasis on post surgical conditions, total joint replacements, osteoarthritis, chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, shoulder pathologies and general deconditioning.

Her aquatic therapy studies began through achieving the Aquatic Therapeutic Exercise Certificate through ATRI in 2007. She continued to expand her knowledge and expertise through the Aquatic Therapy University and received the first Musculoskeletal Aquaticist Credential in 2015. She recently completed the required coursework to become an ATU Aquaticist Intructor and Iowa Campus Director. She is excited to share her passion for aquatics and help spread the word about this amazing specialty area through training and educating other therapists!

Kara is from the Quad Cities and currently resides in Colona, IL with her husband. She has 3 sons and a granddaughter. Her hobbies include martial arts, drums and volunteering for a non-profit ministry.


ATU CREDENTIALING
 

This is a 700 series class (teaches Basic-Intermediate skills). This class is a required class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Musculo Track.


Applicability for PTs/PTAs

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 aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

Applicability for OTs/OTAs

 

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 aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

This class is hosted by Aspire Aquatics LLC, an ATU affiliate. Due to unforeseen circumstances, schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice. Cancelation date is 30 days before the class. Aspire Aquatics will refund 100% of fee for students who cancel before this date. Fee is non-refundable for students who cancel after this date. Students may transfer their registration to another co-worker or colleague by notifying Aspire Aquatics in advance. In the event that class is canceled by Aspire Aquatics, a full refund will be issued.

Holiday Inn Express

 2100 69th Ave, Moline, IL 61265

(309) 517-6400

$97 per night/free wifi/free breakfast


Meals:

Lunch: Provided
Energy breaks: AM and PM
Water: Provided
Dinner: On your own


Airport:

Quad City International Airport (MLI)

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