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2354 – Low Back Pain

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Friday, April 8, 2022 – 1:30-5:00 pm / 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 1:30-3:15 pm / Classroom: 3:15-5:00 pm)

Faculty: Terri Mitchell, BA, PTA, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: From SI joint dysfunction to disk issues to chronic pain to lumbar fusion – how can we safely and effectively rehab these patients? The research says the pool is the place. We will review these diagnoses and discuss treatment techniques in the lecture, then practice them in the pool. This workshop will review vertical, inclined and supine interventions. You will leave with many water exercises and treatment techniques that will help to restore optimal biomechanics and decreased pain. Incorporate evidence-based practice into your aquatic treatment plan for pelvic pain. A comprehensive handout is included.

1) Examine diagnoses of SI joint dysfunction, stenosis, herniated disk, lumbar fusion, and chronic pain.
2) Determine treatment goals for back pain diagnoses.
3) Determine aquatic therapy treatment techniques in supine and vertical, inclined, as well as the rationales and protocols.
4) Explore the research of aquatic therapy to incorporate evidence-based aquatic rehab into practice.
5) Understand the various positions of the spine in shallow and deep water.
6) Practice various positions of the spine with buoyant equipment.

FACULTY: Terri Mitchell, BA, PTA, ATRIC, is a prior AEA Training Specialist and a current ATRI Faculty.  She is a PTA of 30 years and uses skills learned and created to help orthopedic patients. She continues to teach aquatic fitness classes year-round to healthy adults, enhancing their strength, stamina, balance, socialization and fun. She is the 2001 recipient of ATRI’s Dolphin Award and the 2010 recipient of the ATRI Professional Award.