Pain management that seemed impossible just a few years ago is now the new reality for today’s total joint candidate. New advances allow for same-day surgical discharge and the reduced need for narcotic pain killers. In this session, we will examine the new strategies and techniques for total hip and knee patients’ post-op pain management. You’ll also gain a crucial understanding of the drug interactions associated with commonly prescribed post-op medications…and how you can use that to improve patient recovery. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops, tablets, and smartphones for an online activity.
Terry Rzepkowski, PT, MS, BS
Dr. Terry L. Rzepkowski, PT, MS, BS, is a doctorally-prepared licensed physical therapist with a focus in orthopedic physical therapy practice. He obtained a BS in physical therapy in 1982 from Ithaca College, an Advanced Masters in 2000, and a Doctorate in physical therapy in 2005 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Throughout his 38-year career, he has specialized in orthopedics and a love for shoulder rehabilitation specifically: sports medicine applications and musculoskeletal out-patient rehab with a focus on the sports medicine applications and musculoskeletal out-patient rehab with a focus on the clinical diagnosis-management of the shoulder patient. Dr. Rzepkowski is a former clinic owner with extensive background and skill in clinical testing non-op, and post-surgical rehab for the shoulder patient.
Dr. Rzepkowski's experience allows him to relate his knowledge of the shoulder patient from prevention strategies including rehabilitative exercises, lifestyle and activity modifications, through all phases of rehabilitation.
Dr. Rzepkowski is a professor in the health science department for Nova Southeastern University providing instruction in anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology; Terry has extensive knowledge in relating the complexities of the orthopedic patient. As a sought-after presenter, he enjoys sharing his knowledge with interdisciplinary audiences around the country. Terry has spoken professionally on pharmacology for clinicians, shoulder, knee, and hip injuries with advances in arthroscopic repair.
Financial: Terry Rzepkowski is an Assistant Professor for Nova Southeastern University Tampa; and an Assistant Professor for South University Tampa. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Terry Rzepkowski is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).