Thursday's Review of CSM…

Today at CSM, one of our bloggers, Dr. Jimmy Picard, live blogged several talks from the conference at
Here is a Synopsis:
1. Transforming and Optimizing: How to Live the New APTA Vision.
A vision statement is defined as ” what defines the optimal desired future state – the mental picture – of what an organization wants to achieve over time; Provides guidance and inspiration as to what an organization is focused on achieving”
Why is our profession here? According to APTA are here to transform society.
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2. Imaging and the Low Back: What’s Useful, What’s not? #APTACSM
Overall it appears that there is little correlation between abnormal MRI findings and pain. For example, according to his presentation

  • 76% of asymptomatic individuals will demonstrate disc herniations on MRI
  • There is no significant difference between disc degeneration in those with LBP compared to asymptomaticcontrols.

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3. Enhance Clinical Outcomes by Providing Inconsistent Pain Experiences
“Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory last forever”
Wow. What a great speaker.
Dr Pearson did a wonderful job covering an enormous amount of information on the science and experience of pain.  I will attempt to highlight his key points.
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