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Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy for the Musculoskeletal Client (Des Moines)

 
$595.00
Dates:
Oct 27-28, 2017
Location:
West Des Moines, IA
Instructor:
Kara Morales
Hours:
16.0
CCUs:
19.0
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This class part of our
2-Week Aquatic Therapy Intensive

ABOUT THIS 2 DAY INTENSIVE SEMINAR

 

A 16 hr. training module packed into 2 days includes over 10 hours of pool time. This class has been submitted to the Federation of State Boards of PT which approves CEUs in 27 states.

 

Stop extolling the virtues of aquatic therapy for the adult musculoskeletal client… without providing tangible evidence-based support. Leave this dynamic course understanding how, when, where and under what circumstances to provide aquatic therapy… and how to justify that choice to the world. Don’t just understand the science; be able to perform the EBAT treatments on Monday morning. Course includes information on integrating aquatic therapy into many post-surgical protocols (rotator cuff tear; ACL tear, total hip and knee replacement). Includes inservice and marketing materials to help expand your caseload.

 


Learning Objectives

 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

 

1. List 5 common indications for aquatic therapy for the musculoskeletal population.

2. Write a 1-paragraph summary supporting the benefits of aquatic therapy for at least 1 patient population by synthesizing the resources provided in class.

3. List 5 precautions or contraindications for aquatic therapy.

4. Compare the risks to the benefits involved in treating at least 1 precautionary condition in the therapy pool.
 
5. Teach the exercise protocol presented in a published case study.

6. Progress the protocol presented in a published case study through at least 3 methods demonstrated in class.

7. Compare what 2-3 regulatory documents have to say about the medical necessity of aquatic therapy.
 
8. Justify at least 2 situations where group therapy would be appropriate in the water.

9. Describe the supervision requirements for assistants working in aquatic therapy.

10. Describe at least 3 signs which support the need to transition to land based therapy.

11. Propose 3 examples of the differing informational needs of each of the following interested parties: physicians, payers and patients.

12. Using role play, perform a brief mock inservice designed to instruct rehab staff or referring physician about the benefits of aquatic therapy.

13. Demonstrate 2 skills necessary to incorporate aquatic intervention into many post-operative protocol safely, following restrictions appropriately
 
14.  Design a 15 minute evidence-based aquatic exercise progression for at least 4 of the following:

Arthritis
Fibromyalgia
Osteoporosis
Back dysfunction
Total hip or knee replacement
Shoulder dysfunction

 


TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is within the scope of practice of the Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist working in aquatic therapy (CPT code 97113). This course does not focus on evaluation or examination of the patient and thus, the content is also within the scope of practice for the Physical Therapist Assistant/ Occupational Therapist Assistant working under the supervision of the Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist. This class does include  material on determining medical necessity for aquatics and extrapolating existing protocols to water. Although PTAs/OTAs may not perform these functions, they do require a working understanding of this process in their roles as treatment providers who assist a therapist in documenting progress and executing a reimbursable plan of care. While the primary audience for the course is the PT/OT provider, other rehabilitation providers who count the therapeutic procedure aquatic therapy within their scope of practice will find it beneficial.
 


SCHEDULE

Day 1
8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-9:00 - Indications for Aquatic Therapy: Related LO: List 5 common indications for aquatic therapy for the musculoskeletal population.

9:00-9:30 - Indications for Aquatic Therapy: Related LO: Write a 1-paragraph summary supporting the benefits of aquatic therapy for at least 1 patient population by synthesizing the resources provided in class.

9:30-10:30 - Precautions and Contraindications for Aquatic Therapy: Related LO: List 5 precautions or contraindications for aquatic therapy

10:30-10:45 Energy Break

10:45-11:15 - Precautions and Contraindications for Aquatic Therapy: Related LO: Compare the risks to the benefits involved in treating at least 1 precautionary condition in the therapy pool.

11:15-12:00 - Case Study: Related LO: Teach the exercise protocol as presented in a published case study.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Precautions and Contraindications for Aquatic Therapy: Related LO: Progress the protocol presented in a published case study (see above) through at least 3 method demonstrated in class.

2:00-3:45 Designing aquatic therapy sessions: Related LO: Design a 15 minute evidence-based aquatic exercise progression for the following: Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis

3:45-4:00 Energy break

4:00-5:30 (cont) Designing aquatic therapy sessions: Related LO: Design a 15 minute evidence-based aquatic exercise progression for the following: Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis

5:30-6:00 Wrap-Up and Questions

 
Day 2

8:30-9:30 Regulation of Aquatic Therapy: Related LO: Compare what 2-3 regulatory documents have to say about the medical necessity of aquatic therapy.

9:30-10:30 Logistics of Providing Aquatic Therapy: Related LO's: Justify at least 2 situations where group therapy would be appropriate in the water; Describe the supervision requirements for assistants working in aquatic therapy; Describe at least 3 signs which support the need to transition to land based therapy.

10:30-10:45 Energy Break

10:45-11:15 Justifying Aquatic Therapy: Related LO: Propose 3 examples of the differing informational needs of each of the following interested parties: physicians, payers and patients.

11:15-12:00 Justifying Aquatic Therapy: Related LO: Using role play, perform a brief mock inservice designed to instruct rehab staff or referring physician about the benefits of aquatic therapy.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-6:00 Pool lab

1:00-2:30 Extrapolating Land-Based Protocols into Water: Related LO's: Demonstrate 2 skills necessary to incorporate aquatic intervention into many post-operative protocol safely, following restrictions appropriately

2:30-3:30 Designing aquatic therapy sessions: Related LO: Design a 15 minute evidence-based aquatic exercise progression for: Back dysfunction, Total hip or knee replacement,Shoulder dysfunction

3:30-3:45 Energy break

3:45-5:30 (cont) Designing aquatic therapy sessions: Related LO: Design a 15 minute evidence-based aquatic exercise progression for: Back dysfunction, Total hip or knee replacement,Shoulder dysfunction

5:30-6:00 Wrap-up and questions

 


 


Meet Your Instructor

Kara Morales, MS, PT, MAq, Aq

Kara Morales MS, PT, MAq, Aq graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, DC with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in  2003. Since 2005, she has worked in outpatient orthopedics for Rock Valley Physical Therapy in Moline, Illinois, one of Rock Valley’s 26 clinics in the Quad City Metro area, as well as Des Moines, Iowa and Peoria, Illinois.  She spends part of her time in the clinic specializing in manual therapy techniques and also works in the pool providing one-on-one individualized patient care for orthopedic and geriatric populations. Over the last 10 years, Kara has worked to develop and expand the aquatic therapy program at Rock Valley Physical Therapy with emphasis on post surgical conditions, total joint replacements, osteoarthritis, chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, shoulder pathologies and general deconditioning.

Her aquatic therapy studies began through achieving the Aquatic Therapeutic Exercise Certificate through ATRI in 2007. She continued to expand her knowledge and expertise through the Aquatic Therapy University and received the first Musculoskeletal Aquaticist Credential in 2015. She recently completed the required coursework to become an ATU Aquaticist Intructor and Iowa Campus Director. She is excited to share her passion for aquatics and help spread the word about this amazing specialty area through training and educating other therapists!

Kara is from the Quad Cities and currently resides in Colona, IL with her husband. She has 3 sons and a granddaughter. Her hobbies include martial arts, drums and volunteering for a non-profit ministry.

 

 


About ATU Trainings

  • Our classes are taught by licensed therapists and physicians with Masters degrees and above who have extensive aquatic experience. Our instructors will teach you the essentials you need to know in order to get you started with your aquatic therapy career.... or to propel you into master clinician status.
  • Our teaching style is entirely hands-on and personal. You will first be introduced to new concepts and techniques during classroom lectures after which you will transition into the pool to tactilly apply what you have learned. Classes are capped at 25-30 students (16:1 in California) to insure all attendees receive the one-on-one personalized attention we are known for.
  • Because learning is a continual process, all students will go home with a class manual that reinforces the concepts covered in class. They also get a free 1-year membership to Aquatic Resources Network's online research, support forums and equipment discounts.
     

ATU Credentialing

This is an 800 series class (teaches Intermediate-Advanced skills). This class is a required class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Musculoskeletal Track.

 


Applicability for PTs/PTAs

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Physical Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Physical therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. The provision of aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

Applicability for OTs/OTAs

The provision of aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Occupational therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid.

 

Recommended Hotels:

Staybridge Suites

6905 Lake Drive

West Des Moines, IA

877-859-5095

 

Hampton Inn and Suites

6160 Mills Civic Prkwy

West Des Moines, IA

855-605-0317

 

Hilton Garden Inn

205 S 64th St

West Des Moines IA

855-618-4697

 


Meals:

Lunch: Options Available for Purchase
Energy breaks: AM and PM
Water: Provided
Dinner: On your own


Airport: 
Des Moines International Airport (DSM)

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Programming Changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, ATU schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice.


Cancellation of Class By ATU: ATU classes may be cancelled for low registration up to 30 days prior to the class. In this event, a full refund of class tuition or a voucher to another class will be issued to students. ATU does not reimburse change fees, airline tickets or any other travel related expenses, so please do not make plans until you receive the 30-day confirmation prior to the conference.


Cancellation of Class by Student:  A refund, minus a $175 reseating fee, will be given for student cancellations made prior to 30 days before the conference. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 30 day deadline. In the event of a student cancellation after the deadline, enrollment fees may be transferred to other ATU courses within 12 months at no charge.

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