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Acute Injury Rehab Conference: Intervention Essentials to Accelerate Return to Function

Your patient is desperate to recover – and you are in charge of fast tracking their return to activity.

Developing a rehab program with a focus on the acute phase of healing is challenging.

Following injury or operative care, patients fear pain with movement and are apprehensive to reinjure themselves.

Initiate gentle mobilization techniques to guide your patient past fear avoidance. Plus, you’ll develop strategies to manage neurological threat and safely scale treatments to drive quicker return to function.

The acute phase of healing is the foundation of every rehab program. That is why we have brought forward Mitch Hauschildt, a rehab and physical performance professional with 15+ years of experience rehabilitating acute injuries, to impart actionable strategies guaranteed to accelerate functional outcomes in as soon as the first session.

It takes years of clinical experience to grow confidence, but time is of the essence when developing your practice. This conference will accelerate your ability to…

  • Improve ROM with active multiplanar joint mobilizations
  • Counter motor control deficits
  • Identify, target, and correct muscle imbalances
  • Boost cardiovascular fitness to promote tissue healing

This is the go-to acute rehab conference to accelerate recovery immediately following injury or operative care.

Register today for this premiere training and discover how YOU can help your patient return to boundless movement.

Program Information


  1. Assess acute injury and the need for early interventions.  
  2. Investigate obstacles to early interventions and evaluate opportunities for modifiable task training.  
  3. Analyze neurological threat and its impact on pain, range of motion, strength, motor control, and overall function.   
  4. Propose clinical interventions to manage neurological threat.  
  5. Utilize manual therapy techniques within an acute care treatment program.  
  6. Determine the role and efficacy of vibration tools.  
  7. Integrate cupping therapies in an acute care treatment program. 
  8. Choose appropriate compression devices to manage fluid and optimize healing. 
  9. Implement kinesiology taping applications in an acute care setting.  
  10. Evaluate the role exercise and fitness plays in early injury interventions.  
  11. Demonstrate the role that tissue temperature, alternative modalities and supplements can have on tissue quality.  
  12. Apply optimal acute care concepts to knee, hip, spine, and shoulder injuries including ability to perform occupational tasks and ADLs for home independence.


Acute Care Fundamentals:

  • Why early interventions are critical for acute injuries
  • Contraindications and identifying warning signs
  • Importance of initiating cardiovascular fitness following acute injuries
Overcoming Acute Care Obstacles:
  • Understanding and managing neurological threat
  • Handling fear avoidance behaviors
  • Managing inflammation, fluid accumulation and tissue health
  • PRT techniques to initiate early mobilization
  • Downregulating tone following acute injuries
Additional Acute Care Considerations:
  • Driver’s Education – applying various tools, modalities, exercises, and concepts to any acute injury
  • Enhancing return to functional independence through integration of modified ADLs and occupational tasks
  • Impact of tissue temperature and supplementation on tissue quality
  • Determining appropriate compression devices following acute injury
Feeding The System:
  • Manual therapy interventions - scar tissue management, painful ROM, joint capsule mobility
  • Active/passive multiplanar joint mobilizations - soft tissue restrictions, stiffness, nerve compression.
  • Motor control - contralateral training, rotational moments, and selfmobilization techniques
  • Tissue healing - vibration tools, cupping, dry needling, IASTM, and taping
  • Joint stabilization progressions from isometric control to full dynamic movements in various positions – supine, prone, standing, and more
  • Neuro-muscular re-education with progressive closed-chain exercises
Applying Acute Care Concepts to:
  • Knee injuries:
    • ACL repairs, total joints, knee arthroscopies’
    • Acute non-operative injuries - ligament sprains and meniscal tears
  • Shoulder injuries:
    • The post op shoulder - labral repair, rotator cuff repair, biceps tenodesis
    • Acute non-operative injuries - dislocations and subluxations
  • Hip injuries:
    • The post op hip - FAI, labral repairs, total joints
    • Acute non-operative injuries - tendonitis, bursitis, piriformis syndrome
  • Spine injuries:
    • Acute spine injuries - discectomies, disc herniations, SI dysfunction, and more
Concluding thoughts:
  • A review of best practices for treating acute injuries
  • Next steps in improving - acute injury management and functional outcomes

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Other Rehab and Healthcare Professionals

Copyright : 05/24/2023

Red Light Therapy for Pain and Inflammation

Red light therapy is growing in popularity – and it’s no wonder why.  With proven applications for pain, inflammation, and healing, you easily can layer this therapy with your existing treatment!  The results from this simple and cost-effective treatment are unparalleled. You get all the benefits of light, without the risks of UV light. Learn how red-light therapy has helped thousands of clinicians get better outcomes as you impact tissues at a deeper level than traditional approaches!  

Program Information


  1. Appraise mechanisms of red light therapy that are specifically designed to treat symptoms and effects of pain and inflammatory conditions. 
  2. Practice and refine red light therapy treatment techniques that are specifically tailored to improve common conditions such as local and systemic pain, inflammation, as well as the patient’s perception of pain experience.  
  3. Evaluate clinical case situations where red light therapy may benefit a patient experiencing pain and inflammation and justify treatment approaches and parameters based on recent scientific review. 


Yesterday’s Medicine and Today’s Science 

  • Light in Medicine 
  • History and Recorded Uses 
  • Key Terms in Light Therapy  
    • Electromagnetic Spectrum 
    • Wavelengths 
    • Light Pathways - visual and skin 
    • Natural Light Recommendations 

Light Effects on the Human Body 

  • Cellular Mechanisms (How Light Works at the Cellular Level) 
    • Inflammation 
    • Cellular Protection 
    • Proliferation 
    • Migration 
    • Protein Synthesis 

Molecular Mechanisms (How Light Works at the Molecular Level) 

  • CCO  
  • Collagen  
  • ROS  
  • Cytokines 
  • Keratinocytic Growth Factor  
  • Photoreceptors 
  • Mitochondria 

Today’s Science: Red and Near Infrared Light Therapy 

  • LED vs. Laser technology 
  • Defining and understanding: 
  • Terminology in Red Light (LED) Therapy 
    • Irradiance/Intensity mw/Cm2 
    • Dosage J/cm2 - Energy 
    • Treatment Time 
    • Treatment Area 
    • Treatment Frequency 
    • Direct contact vs. non direct contact red light therapy - wraps vs. panels 

Contraindications to Light Therapy Treatment  

  • Heat/Thermal 
  • Eyes 
  • Skin Tone 
  • Age: Geriatrics & Pediatrics 
  • Health Conditions: Pregnancy 
  • Medication Interactions 
  • EMF & Flicker 

Pain Pathophysiology 

  • Mechanisms of Pain and Inflammation 
  • Typical Patient Presentation  
    • Local, Systemic, Post-Operative 
  • Historical Treatment Options  
  • Epidemiology and Prevalence Data 
  • Typical Disease Progression 

Pain and Inflammation Symptoms: 

  • Pathogenic and neurogenic  
  • Inflammation 
  • Sensation Loss or Hypersensitivity 
  • Pain and Inflammation from Delayed Wound Healing 
  • Pain and Inflammation from Immobilization or Surgery 

Treatment Regions and Red Light Therapy Protocols for Pain/Inflammation Conditions:     

  • Pain/Inflammation Conditions of the Upper Body 
  • Pain/Inflammation Conditions of the Lower Body 
  • Pain/Inflammation Conditions of the Spine 
  • Systemic Pain/Inflammation Conditions  

For all Pain and Inflammatory Conditions, each section will include content on: 

  • Mechanism of how red light influences the particular problem 
  • Research review on pertinent studies related to the indication 
  • Treatment parameters for each indication 

Picking a Red Light Therapy Product for Clinic/Home Use 

  • Review Power measurements 
  • Irradiance 
  • EMF 
  • Flicker 
  • Contact vs. Non Contact

Case Study Review 

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Coaches
  • Personal Trainers
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants 

Copyright : 06/30/2023

Blood Flow Restriction Training to Maximize Rehab Outcomes for All Patients

BFR is the new game-changer in rehab and it can be programmed for all types of patients…whether it’s young post-op patients, geriatric patients, bedridden patients, or athletes trying to return to play. This can’t-miss session will provide a guide for how to utilize and program BFR depending on your patient’s goals.

Program Information


  1. Differentiate the various forms of BFR from bedridden up to return to play
  2. Appraise differing protocols and programming of BFR from young postoperative patients to geriatric patients with OA.
  3. Analyze the utility of BFR in the rehabilitation setting and how to manipulate BFR variables or programming based on your rehab goals


From Bed Ridden to Return to Play: Differentiate the various forms of BFR

  • IPC
  • Cellular swelling
  • Aerobic BFR
  • Isolated BFR
  • Compound BFR
  • Protocols and Programming of BFR
Different uses of BFRT from young postoperative patients to geriatric patients with OA.  
  • Case examples
  • Match BFR application based on goal and patient
  • Compare BFR use for TKA, ALCr, tibial exocytosis, Achilles non-op, RTC
Programming based on goals: Manipulating the BFR variables
  • Onboarding: education is the key
  • Adjusting BFR and exercise parameters 
  • BFR RT and aerobic guidelines
  • BFR programming guidelines

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers

Copyright : 07/30/2020

Neuroplasticity for Orthopedic Recovery and Pain Relief

Neuroplasticity, often overlooked but incredibly powerful, holds the key to unlocking the brain's ability to rewire and heal itself, no matter how old the injury.  Deep-seated memories of injury reside within the nervous system, and this course equips you with essential tools to enhance recovery and rehabilitation potential. 

From traumatic injuries and post-op conditions to stroke, get new insights on how to detour around damage and incorporate viable nervous system connections for faster, more complete recovery which compliment your manual skills. 

Drawing on over 40 years of clinical experience, Dr. Pryor will teach you practical, evidence-based techniques and interventions to stimulate the brain and enhance recovery. 

  • Unleash the Brain's Potential: Explore the fascinating truth that the brain is not hardwired and can change and adapt, even decades after the initial injury. Witness the transformative power of neuroplasticity in action! 
  • Empower Your Practice: Acquire practical, evidence-based interventions that you can implement immediately within your therapy sessions, ensuring your patients experience a newfound sense of independence and safety. 
  • Upgrade Your Clinical Skills: Enhance your clinical reasoning and assessment capabilities as you understand the central nervous system's role in all functions and explore the neuroanatomy and brain development behind it.  Learn how to calm the nervous system to activate advanced healing potential and reduce radiating pain. 
  • A Vision for Success: Discover the critical link between vision, balance, and sensation and learn practical strategies to incorporate vision into your therapy sessions for patients with neurological disorders like stroke, TBI, and concussion. 
  • Real-Life Transformations: Be inspired by real case studies showcasing the remarkable results achieved through neuroplasticity-based therapies. Witness patients regain movement, overcome pain, and reclaim their quality of life! 

This is your chance to get the skills, techniques and knowledge to promote neuroplasticity for your patients on any end of the spectrum – from initial injury through recovery.  

Remember, the brain's potential is limitless. Let's explore it together – purchase today!

Program Information


  1. Analyze neuroanatomy and brain function in relation to injuries using a multilayer approach. 
  2. Examine the correlation between orthopedic trauma and brain dysfunction to determine potential implications for occupational performance. 
  3. Differentiate between strategies for modifying low and high tone qualities in relation to optimizing motor control and functional movement. 
  4. Assess the impact of central nervous system dysfunction on daily activities, explain the concept of "practice makes pathways," and devise strategies to enhance adherence to home exercise programs. 
  5. Evaluate the presence of tremors, eye misalignment, and nystagmus, and determine their potential effects on visual and motor functions during functional tasks. 
  6. Appraise the significance of maintaining positive treatment sessions and utilizing effective verbal cues to enhance motivation and engagement in occupational therapy interventions. 
  7. Formulate strategies for integrating therapeutic techniques into home programs for both patients and caregivers, considering the context of daily life and routines. 


Principles and Mechanisms of Neuroplasticity Related to Injury and/or Surgery 

  • Central nervous system: the driver of ALL function 
  • Neuroanatomy 
  • Brain development 
  • Chronic pain: the nervous system remembers 
  • Feedback loops – pain is circular 

Upgrade Your Clinical Assessment & Improve Your Clinical Reasoning 

  • Neurological screens for injuries 
  • Identifying neurological challenges 
  • Primitive reflex patterns and the power of vision 
  • Sensory motor development 
  • Vision and hearing related deficits 
  • Sensation changes and reintegration 

Integrate Neuroplasticity into Your Therapy Program 

  • Practice Makes NEW Pathways 
  • Polyvagal theory: Fight, Flight and Freeze 
  • Trauma memory related to therapy sessions 
  • Crucial component: sensory stimulation 
  • Smooth movement tremors and distraction 
  • Changing low and high tone qualities 
  • Challenge equates to change 
  • Bracing: to be or not to be 

Design Effective Treatment Plans & Integrate Multimodal Approaches 

  • Where to rewire the brain 
  • Use it or lose it 
  • Recruitment and retraining 
  • Use the lobes next door 
  • Before/after videos of sensory stimulation 
  • Beware of learned non-use 
  • Motor imagery – How to move/mirror the motion 
  • Virtual reality and other technology 
  • Mindfulness and mental health – Fight, flight, freeze interference with coordination and balance 
  • Considerations for special populations: geriatric, athletes or neuro 

Expand Your Reach: Incorporate Vision 

  • The link between vision and balance and sensation 
  • Implications for neurological disorders: Stroke, TBI, concussion 
  • 3D vision impairments – depth perception and safety 
  • Practical strategies for vision on the move! 

Taking it Home: Patients and Caregivers 

  • PT phone home – game changing HEP strategies to increase compliance 
  • Repetition and novelty are key 
  • Simple and effective activities to send home 
  • Explaining complex concepts to patients 

Case Studies 

  • MVA with TBI 
  • Fall with knee injury and acute pain 
  • Low back pain – disc herniation with acute unrelenting pain 
  • Neurological signs post fall 
  • TKA acute pain and edema with resolution of pain and edema 2 treatments 
  • Anoxic injury – signs, symptoms and solutions

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists 
  • Physical Therapist Assistants 
  • Chiropractors 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

Copyright : 12/15/2023