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Neuroplasticity for Orthopedic Recovery and Pain Relief: How Injury Changes the Brain and How You Can Help Rewire It

Karen Pryor
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Neuroplasticity is one of the most important concepts when it comes to recovery, but is often overlooked when treating traumatic injuries. From traumatic injuries and post-op conditions to stroke, this course will deliver new thoughts on how to detour around damage and incorporate viable nervous system connections for faster, more complete recovery.

It’s never too late. The brain is not hard wired. It can change and adapt, even decades after the initial injury.

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.

  • Evaluate the nervous system for damage and functional pathways
  • Address tone abnormalities, vision and how they are intimately related and treatable
  • Advance patient function with guided neurological reconnection
  • Improve balance and visuospatial function to enhance client independence and feelings of safety
  • Create actionable treatment plans to help at home
  • Reclaim movement and quality of life

You will learn practical and useful techniques that can be implemented immediately within your practice. These evidence-based interventions will apply across the spectrum from initial injury to recovery. Sign up today! You can’t afford to miss out on this chance to get the skills, techniques and knowledge you can use to promote neuroplasticity and increased function for your patients!


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Health Sphere Wellness Center

Karen Pryor, Ph.D., PT, DPT, has a doctorate in physical therapy and has practiced for 40 years in the field. Dr. Pryor is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, an integrative therapy clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. Involved with early intervention in the birth-three population for over 30 years, she has developed neuroplasticity techniques that are used in a wide variety of settings, including homes, childcare centers, and school systems, to advance pediatric therapy programs.

Dr. Pryor serves on several boards, including the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention, (2014-2019), a position to which she was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. In 2010, she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the advanced treatment of children from President Barack Obama. In addition to her work with children, Dr. Pryor has served as an adjunct professor at the Tennessee State University Occupational Therapy School, and in the Volunteer State Community College Physical Therapy Assistant program. She is a clinical instructor for several universities and colleges. With her years of experience and passion for complete wellness, Dr. Pryor advances a more expansive view of how to integrate therapy throughout the lifespan by using neuroplasticity techniques.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Karen Pryor is owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Karen Pryor serves on the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention board.

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Program Information


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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  1. Assess the multilayer approach using neuroanatomy and brain function related to injuries.
  2. Analyze the relationship between orthopedic trauma and brain dysfunction.
  3. Differentiate approaches to changing low and high tone qualities.
  4. Evaluate central nervous system dysfunction, and why practice makes pathways, and how to increase compliance in home programs.
  5. Evaluate tremors, eye alignment and nystagmus.
  6. Appraise and appreciate the importance of positive treatment sessions and verbal cues.
  7. Evaluate strategies to incorporate techniques into home programs for patients and caregivers.


Improve Your Clinical Reasoning
  • 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
  • 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: Treat the Symptoms, the Cause and Neurological Changes
  • 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
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
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists



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