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Re-Defining Chronic Pain Management: Evidence-based Treatments to Achieve Better Patient Outcomes

Joseph LaVacca, PT, DPT, OCS, CFSC, FMS, FMT-C, SFMA
Approx. 6 Hours
Feb 23, 2021
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Despite the habitual use of analgesics, your patients are still in pain. Sometimes, disabling pain.

The pressure is immense – YOU (therapist) are supposed to eliminate their pain.

Move. Massage. Mobilize. Grind. You’ve done everything that you can do to help them…but have they? What if you were able to give them the tools they need to reframe their pain – and get back to doing the things they love!

These patients are highly receptive to the idea of trying something new. They are open to change because they need something that will work. And that’s where you come in.

Dr. Joe Lavacca will bring an evidence-based approach to chronic pain management and will explore:

  • Step-by-step guide to assessment that will integrate the bio-psychosocial model
  • Red flags you are overlooking – and how to tailor your treatment plan to them
  • Progression and regression strategies to achieve patient goals
  • Mind-body practices that will improve functional outcomes

With an in-depth exploration into best practices and communication tactics, you’ll quickly develop buy-in from your patients that will enhance the therapeutic alliance. You’ll gain skills and techniques you can implement immediately to truly bridge the gap between mind and body rehabilitation.


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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JOSEPH LaVACCA, PT, DPT, OCS, CFSC, FMS, FMT-C, SFMA, is an experienced outpatient orthopedic clinician who graduated from Sacred Heart University with his Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree in 2008, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. He also has certifications in movement screens for both the FMS and SFMA, Functional Strength Coaching, as well as Fascial Movement Taping and Performance Movement Techniques through RockTape.

Dr. LaVacca is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has experience in Maitland-Based Manual Treatments, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Kinesiology Taping, and movement assessment/performance screening. He is a nationwide speaker and frequently teaches healthcare practitioners about Kinesiology Taping and Movement Assessment Principles.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Joseph LaVacca is the owner of Strength in Motion Physical Therapy. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Joseph LaVacca has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Evaluate chronic pain as an emotional experience and assess the implications for behavior in our patients.
  2. Investigate the impacts of placebo and nocebo effects on physiology and mindset.
  3. Conduct effective assessments by utilizing specific questions to better guide treatment strategies.
  4. Implement mind-body practices into current rehabilitation to improve functional outcomes with patients.
  5. Utilize progression and regression exercise strategies to meet patients where they are while still achieving objective goals.
  6. Determine optimal exercise and behavior dosing strategies to achieve your goals in improving strength, endurance, and mobility in patients.


Challenging the Definition of Pain
  • The concept of “wellness”
  • Mind-body approach
  • Evaluating pain as an emotion
  • Are emotions in our conscious control?
Moving Pain Out of the Forefront
  • Impacts of placebo and nocebo
  • Effects on physiology and mindset
  • Therapeutic bias - rituals and meanings in medicine
Reframing Pain as an Emotion
  • Interoception and re-framing pain
  • Theory of constructed emotion
  • Top-down and bottom-up processing
  • Behavioral implications
  • Importance of the internal self
Building Therapeutic Alliance: Better Communication, Better Results
  • Guide to assessment and treatment strategies
  • Questions you need to ask
  • 30-90 seconds to better inform your treatment plan
  • Empathy vs compassion
  • 7 body wisdom principles
The Key to Change: Valence and Exercise Prescription
  • Keywords analysis – red flags
  • Impact of word choice on patient outcomes
  • Body budgets
  • Reinforce positive behavior
Improve Strength, Endurance and Mobility
  • Exercise selection and prescription
  • Flexibility vs mobility vs stability
  • Interactive slow charts for exercise selection
  • Breathwork
  • Simplicity for progression and regression strategies

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Massage Therapists



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