3002 Diagnoses and Treatment of Complex Conditions

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:30-11:00 am 3.0 credit hours

(Pool: 7:30-9:00 am / Classroom: 9:30-11:00 am)


Faculty: Anita Davis, PT, DPT, DAAPM


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Chronic pain conditions are not the same. If you are in a position to initially evaluate and treat individuals with chronic pain, your confidence in making the right clinical decision rests on your ability to correctly identify the type of chronic pain condition with which your patient presents. This session will help delineate differences between three chronic pain conditions (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic Pain). The pathophysiology of these conditions is crucial to understanding the challenges of this population and helping the clinician developed a suitable aquatic therapy experience. In addition, people respond to the challenges of pain differently. While some may be motivated and attentive, others are not. Bowel sounds are consistent and compliant, others are not. This course will also briefly touch on ways to manage those with secondary issues, secondary gains and behaviors to challenge the aquatic therapist.



1)  Identify signs and symptoms unique to each condition (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic Pain).

2)  Describe unique pain characteristics of each condition.

3)  Recognize indications of secondary factors that may negatively impact rehabilitation.

4)  Explore aquatic activities to positively guide the rehabilitation session.


FACULTY: Anita Davis, PT, DPT, DAAPM, has been practicing since 1985. She received her BS in physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and her doctorate in physical therapy from Marymount University. Although she has treated a variety of orthopedic conditions, she has specialized in chronic pain since 1990, treating conditions such as fibromyalgia, failed back syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, neuropathy and more. She is skilled in orthopedic management of spine and extremity conditions using land and aquatic interventions. She works in an interdisciplinary comprehensive pain rehabilitation program in Jacksonville, Florida. She holds membership in the American Physical Therapy Association and is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Pain Management.