Thursday, November 8, 2012

January 2013 Conference: Primer for Clinical Practitioners

APTA=American Physical Therapy Association


Tuesday, January 22

Best Practices Update for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis: The IACFS/ME Primer for Clinical Practitioners

Time: 8:00 am–10:00 am (See Program for Room)

Speakers: Todd E. Davenport, PT, DPT; Staci R. Stevens, MA; Daniel L.
Peterson, MD; Kenneth J. Friedman, PhD

Level: Multiple Level

Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is one
cause of clinically debilitating fatigue. Its features have been
related to Gulf War syndrome and post-9/11 syndrome. CFS/ME may
present a spectrum of symptoms, providing multiple reasons for entry
to physical therapy. Physical therapists are in a unique position to
identify CFS/ME and to direct appropriate management through both
physical therapist interventions and referral to other health care
providers. Over the past 2 years, an international working group of
the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) has developed a document that describes
current clinical best practices for the diagnosis, medical and
psychological management, and physical rehabilitation for people with

This session will provide leading-edge information about physical
therapy management of patients with CFS/ME from a group of recognized
clinicians and researchers, including participants of the guideline
development committee. In this session, the speakers will discuss the
development of the IACFS/ME Primer for Clinical Practitioners;
summarize the clinical features and patho-etiology of CFS/ME with
respect to optimal identification, differential diagnosis, and
clinical management by physical therapists; discuss current medical
and psychological management for people with CFS/ME; and describe
current concepts in physical rehabilitation for people with CFS/ME.

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:
•Define CFS/ME according to current classification models.
•Discuss the evidence regarding the physical and cognitive
pathophysiological processes that underlie the clinical presentation
of CFS/ME.
•Appraise a patient/client's case for the diagnostic features of CFS/ME.
•Compare and contrast the clinical presentation of CFS with other
health conditions that cause persistent pain and fatigue.
•Summarize current medical and psychological management for CFS/ME.
•Design and implement an evidence-based physical therapy management
program for patients with CFS/ME.


The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) focuses on programming designed by
all 18 of APTA's specialty sections.

CSM 2013 will bring together more than 9,000 physical therapy
professionals from around the nation for several stimulating days of
exceptional programming, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall
filled with products and services in San Diego. Here's an overview:

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