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ENHP Physical Therapy Faculty and Students Active in CPTA Conference

ENHP faculty and doctoral students from the Department of Physical Therapy were highly visible at the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association’s (CPTA) Annual Conference held September 30-October 1, 2011 in Cromwell, Conn.  Several made core conference presentations, platform presentations, and/or poster presentations: 

Examining the Clinical Decision Making Utilized During the Examination and Intervention of Shoulder Cases  Presentation by John Leard

Application of Clinical Gait Analysis in the Identification and Treatment of Gait Abnormalities in Children with Neuromuscular Disorders  Presentation by Dawn Roller and Kelly Pogemiller

Setting Attainable Goals in Pediatric Rehabilitation: Using the Results of Standardized Measures  Presentation by Yvette Blanchard and Mary Gannotti

Platform and Poster Presentations

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DPT student Alyssa Itzkowitz, DPT alumna Danielle Ostien, Associate Professor Mary Gannotti, DPT student Anne Yanaway Anne, Alyssa, and Danielle pose behind the University of Hartford conference display

Examining the Clinical Decision Making Utilized During the Examination and Intervention of Shoulder Cases.  Presentation by John Leard

The presentation served to advance the knowledge of physical therapists regarding the clinical indications for utilization of examination and intervention techniques.  Shoulder cases were used to facilitate the discussion.  Leard presented the history and clinical presentation of the patient.  An anonymous real time response system was used to facilitate discussion. All participants were issued "clickers." Participants learned how hypothetico-deductive theory can be utilized to discuss exam and intervention options available to the physical therapist.  

Presentation Objectives:

  • Use hypothetico-deductive theory to facilitate the diagnostic and screening process as appropriate in musculoskeletal physical therapy patient/clients.
  • Determine the most appropriate musculoskeletal examination technique or intervention procedure according to the patient/client presentation and the current best evidence.
  • Review some evidence-based criteria for validity of certain exam and intervention techniques
  • Describe several basic concepts of musculoskeletal clinical decision making.

Application of Clinical Gait Analysis in the Identification and Treatment of Gait Abnormalities in Children with Neuromuscular Disorders  Presentation by Dawn Roller and Kelly Pogemiller

The purpose of the presentation was to provide clinicians with a background in the utilization of motion data for identification of typical patterns and treatment options of gait abnormalities.  It was divided into two main sections, identification and description of typical patterns and discussion of treatment options.  The presentation opened with a detailed discussion of the typical join kinematic and kinetic patterns found at the ankle, knee, hip and pelvis in patients.  It utilized case studies with a focus on the pediatric neuromuscular patient, utilizing motion data and video record in the description of abnormal patterns.

Treatment options were discussed including examples of different bracing and surgical approaches for deviations at the ankle, knee and hip.  Pre versus post operative cases were discussed in terms of joint kinematics and kinetics to illustrate the effects of surgery as well as bracing options.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Have basic understanding of 3 dimensional gait data plots including joint kinematic and kinetics at the ankle, knee, hip, and pelvis
  • Be familiar with typical gait abnormalities in children with neuromuscular and orthopedic diagnoses
  • Be aware of orthopaedic treatment options including orthoses and/or surgical intervention
  • Be comfortable using gait data to support treatment decision-making in the pediatric population

Setting Attainable Goals in Pediatric Rehabilitation: Using the Results of Standardized Measures  Presentation by Yvette Blanchard and Mary Gannotti

The International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) enablement model and evidence-based medicine demand that physical therapists design their interventions to address activity and participation in society for children with life-long disability.  Translational outcome measures based on the ICF can provide valuable information for clinical decision-making, long-term planning, adaptive equipment prescription, prevention, and wellness in pediatric rehabilitation.  The presentation/workshop reviewed accessible and user-friendly outcome measures of activity and participation that 1) are designed for children with life-long developmental disabilities 2) can be easily used by clinicians, and 3) assist with establishing attainable goals.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Describe the International Classification of Disability, Function and Health (ICF) enablement model
  • Explain the differences between measures of body structure and function, activity and participation
  • Select appropriate outcome measures of activity and participation in society for children with life-long developmental disabilities
  • Interpret scores from a variety of standardized measures based on the ICF
  • Use test results to establish attainable goals

Platform and Poster Presentations

What is the Most Effective Training Protocol to Improve Gait Speed for Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training to Improve Gait Speed for Persons with Hemiparesis as a Result of Stroke?  A Review of the Literature  Platform presentation by Diana Veneri

Lower Kinetic Chain: The Foot-bone is Connected to the Leg-bone… A poster presentation by faculty members John S. Leard and Kevin Ball with DPT students Tony Aniello, Victoria Hehre, Jessica Joly, Dan Pagan, Emily Rinaldo, and Amanda Tucek

The Effects of Tai Chi on Fibromyalgia   Poster presentation by DPT student Catherine Howard and faculty member Janet Gangaway

Inter and Intra Rater Reliability of Critical Body Landmarks and Comparison of Seated Body Angles Using the Rysis and Optotrak System  Poster presentation by faculty member Barbara Crane and DPT students Leanne Bengtson, Alicia Lalla, Kelly Morin Irwin, and Bahareh Angela Shivazad