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2518 – New Innovations and Applications for Spine Rehab

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Sanibel, FL / Friday, June 4, 2021 – 8:30 am-12:00 pm – 3.0 credit hours
(Pool: 8:30-10:00 am / Classroom: 10:30 am-12:00 pm)

Faculty: Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC / Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 80-90% of people have severe neck or back pain at some point. Physical therapy is the first option, but a spinal surgeon should first interpret a patient’s history (including family history, environmental), physical examination and diagnostic images to understand where the pain is coming from.

Spinal fusions are often associated with Degenerative Disc Disease, Spondylolisthesis, and Ankylosing Spondylosis which are common in the cervical and lumbar spine. The most common cause of low back pain is associated with inter-vertebral disc degeneration. Advanced conditions may require spinal fusion surgery – purpose is to resolve pain caused by motion of the vertebrae by fusing them together and successfully eliminating pain at that level for misalignment or instability. This places increased stress on adjacent levels of the spine.

This course will look at the future of spine surgery and the advancements in spinal fusion surgery including hybrid cervical spine surgery, artificial disc replacement, robotic guided spine surgery, use of augmented reality for surgery, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms improving surgical outcomes. These will impact traditional aquatic therapy to include revised protocols and timing when different treatments are safely initiated based on the literature available.

1) Understand specific spinal issues and probable causes.
2) Determine different types of core stabilization exercises for specific diagnoses/conditions.
3) Explain the latest techniques in spinal surgery.
4) Discuss the importance of balance to stabilization/core strength before mobilization based on the motor learning paradigm identifying muscle imbalances.

FACULTY: Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC, is a full-time physical therapist, specializing in aquatic-based rehab at YMCA Healthy Living Center 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. Mary is also a certified clinical instructor and has participated in Diabetes Education programming. She has completed the ATRI Lumbar Stabilization and AquaStretch Specialty Certificate Programs.

FACULTY: Mary O. Wykle, PhD, ATRIC, presents for ATRI and AEA. Course development includes aquatic re-conditioning programs for the Army and USMC. Additional programs include Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™, Core Stabilization and Safety Training. Aquatic recognitions include: AEA Global Award for Lifetime Achievement (2010); ISHOF Adapted Aquatics Award (2007); ATRI Aquatic Professional of the Year (2006); ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award (2004) and ATRI Dolphin Award (2002).