1004 Š Addressing Secondary Issues in Rehab

Beginner / 4-hour Workshop


Faculty: Anita Davis, PT, DPT, DAAPM



This session deals with how to recognize various secondary issues that may affect patient participation and outcome. Some factors that may negatively impact treatment include depression, varying degrees of attention, motivation, fear, avoidance, or even conversion disorders. Almost everyone can recognize when these are present; but itÕs the skilled clinician who knows how to address them and maximize positive outcomes. This session will help clinicians define the behaviors that are seen with these challenging secondary issues. Aquatic interventions will also be discussed and practiced to enhance confidence in clinical practice.



1)  Recognize indications of depression which may negatively impact patient performance in active rehabilitation.

2)  Identify behaviors that suggest increased fear and avoidance of activity.

3)  Recognize when patients are overly attentive to symptoms.

4)  Revise aquatic therapy activities to focus patientsÕ attention.

5)  Select activities for immediate success to encourage patient attention and adherence.

6)  Implement activities with carryover to daily activities to increase motivation, adherence and attention to training.


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.