3201 – Pain Mini-Track

Advanced / Lecture / Land Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 1:30-4:45 pm – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 1:30-4:45 pm)


Faculty: Anita Davis, PT, DPT, DAAPM – Psychological Principles in Chronic Pain Rehab

Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC – Treating Peripheral Neuropathy


Psychological Principles in Chronic Pain Rehab

COURSE DESCRIPTION: All patients do not respond to the same injury in the same way. Likewise, some patients recover well from a particular injury or surgery while others struggle and develop potential chronic pain syndromes. This session will introduce the concept of biopsychosocial factors that have been shown to influence a patient’s pain experience. As pain transitions from acute to chronic, these issues begin to become more prevalent and potentially interfere in the recovery process. As all patients bring a unique mixture of past experiences, expectations, emotions and physiology, being able to recognize those with psychosocial risk factors is an important skill to develop in order to individualize treatment more effectively. Once patients with this risk factor are identified, strategies will be introduced to apply within their rehabilitation to improve the patient’s outcome. Some topics to be addressed will include communication, graded exposure, graded activity, as well as, education and training.



1)  Identify components of the Biopsychosocial Model.

2)  Identify patients with biopsychosocial risk factors for further disability.

3)  Implement treatment strategies to improve outcomes for people with elevated risk factors.


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.


Treating Peripheral Neuropathy

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide evidence-based research for the evaluation and treatment of peripheral neuropathy (PN), including PN caused by diabetes and chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Treatments will emphasize the use of land and aquatic exercise.



1)  Define peripheral neuropathy and identify prevalence of peripheral neuropathy variations.

2)  Describe symptoms of PN and cellular changes causing condition.

3)  Describe use of exercise (including aquatic exercise) to reduce symptoms of PN.

4)  Explore any precautions of aquatic exercise to consider with patient/clients who have PN.

5)  Provide case studies of patients with peripheral neuropathy where aquatic therapy was included in rehab.


FACULTY: Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC, is the Aquatic and Community Program Director at Community Health Partners (CHP). She is a part-time physical therapist, specializing in aquatic-based rehab in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area. She works with a variety of patient populations including cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, neurological, general debility, sports medicine and chronic pain diagnoses. She also helps coordinate CHP’s evidence-based fitness classes at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and other community locations. Mary is also a certified clinical instructor and has previously participated in Diabetes Education programming.