Z 02/12/19: Chronic Pain: An Interdisciplinary Approach to a Complex Problem

$ 40.00

February 12, 2019
4:00 to 5:30 pm. CST

The registration for this webinar will close on February 12, at 12:00 pm cst.

Instructor: Elizabeth Gaffron, MOTR/L, LMT, Occupational Therapist, Hannah Nilles, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, Physical Therapist & Patricia Cole, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Pain Management Center, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Nurses


An estimated 100 million Americans experience chronic pain, more than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. The total combined cost of direct medical care, disability programs, lost productivity, and family burden is estimated to be between $560 billion and $635 billion annually (AAPM, 2015). In the midst of the opioid epidemic, there is a greater need now more than ever for evidence-based, effective, non-pharmacologic treatment approaches to this human, social and economic crisis.  Interdisciplinary functional restoration programs, such as our own Pain Management Clinic, provide the necessary components to address the biopsychosocial drivers of chronic pain. In this webinar, clinicians from Shirley Ryan Ability Lab’s Pain Management Clinic will discuss the roles of each individual member of their interdisciplinary team in providing patients with strategies for self-management of chronic or high-impact pain, while ultimately working together in a patient-centered approach to restoring function and reducing opioid consumption.

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

  • Distinguish acute vs chronic pain.
  • Distinguish active versus passive approaches to chronic pain management.
  • Identify risk factors for chronic pain, and understand treatment approaches and/or prevention strategies to utilize in acute or subacute pain management to avoid the pathway to becoming a chronic problem.
  • Outline functional restoration programs versus pain management clinics.
  • Describe the roles of pain psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, biofeedback and vocational rehabilitation within an interdisciplinary functional restoration program.
  • Explain research that drives an evidence-based functional restoration program.
  • Recognize when to refer patients to an interdisciplinary program for pain management.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Physical Therapy 

    This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.5 contact hours.

    Occupational Therapy 

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1: Domain of OT


    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. OH-362, 09/01/2020-32KAS

     This CNE activity is being offered for 1.5 contact hours