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Offering 4 days of high-caliber, continuous educational content for PAIN REHABILITATION, the ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) provides outstanding value for every member of the rehab team.
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It starts on Tuesday, 27 OCT with a full day, in-depth Instructional Course focused on clinical practice. Separate registration required.


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3-Day CORE Conference 28 – 30 OCT

  • 28+ hours of PAIN REHABILITATION content available (46.25 continuing education hours possible)
  • PLUS NONSTOP content for 12 focus areas and dozens of cross-cutting topics spanning multiple diagnoses
  • 4 Featured Plenary Sessions
  • 500+ scientific paper & poster presentations
  • CME/CEU credit in your choice of 15 disciplines—more disciplines than any other conference
  • Access to DOZENS of ACRM Meetings: interdisciplinary special interest groups, networking groups & task forces


Pain Rehabilitation Content at the ACRM Annual Conference


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Program Highlights for PAIN REHABILITATION

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8:00 – 17:00

Tailored Physical Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Back Pain: More Important Than You Think! (PAIN, CP) #2810

PRESENTERS: Jan-Paul van Wingerden, PhD, CEO of the Spine & Joint Centre, Rehabilitation Centre, Erasmus University, the Netherlands; Wilma Tol, trainer, Spine & Joint Centre



8:00 – 12:00

Examination and Treatment Strategies for Patients Post Cancer Treatment Involving the Head and Neck (CAN, PAIN, CP) #3235

PRESENTERS: Linda Gonzalez PT, MSPT, CST, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Sarah Todd PT, DPT, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center





10:45 – 12:00

An Integrated Model of Goal Setting, Problem Solving, and Emotional Regulation (BI, ND, PAIN, CAN, ST, SCI, CP, OUT) #3229

PRESENTER: Teresa Ashman, PhD, ABPP-Rp, FACRM, Shepherd Center

The Role of Physical Therapy for the Individual Undergoing Head and Neck Cancer Treatments (CAN, ND, PAIN, SCI, BI, CP) #3238

PRESENTERS: Sharlynn Tuohy, PT, DPT, MBA, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Sebi Varghese, PT, DPT, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Palliative Care and Rehabilitation: Complimentary and Overlapping Domains (CAN, ND, PAIN, ST, CP, POL) #2791

PRESENTERS: Annas Aljassem, MD, Beaumont Health System; Christine Interrante, PT, DPT, UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Centers for Rehabilitation Services; Brian McMichael, MD, University of Pittsburgh

Biopsychosocial Considerations in Conceptualizing and Treating Psychiatric Comorbidities Among Patients With Chronic Pain Syndrome #3104

PRESENTERS: Nicolle Angeli, PhD, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital; Stacey B. Sandusky, PhD, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital; Rebeccah Martin, DPT, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center

The biopsychosocial model for conceptualizing and treating chronic pain syndrome and psychiatric co-morbidities in a rehabilitation setting will be discussed within this symposium. Integrated treatment addressing the shared processes among co-occurring chronic pain syndrome and psychosocial conditions is warranted for most effectively managing these complex conditions and yielding the most favorable treatment outcomes. An overview of the evidence-based chronic pain and emotion management strategies employed by clinicians to facilitate rehabilitative efforts among this challenging patient population will be provided.


14:00 – 15:15

Chronic Pain: Practical Tools for Patient Management #3111

PRESENTER: Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS, Drexel University

A growing body of research has improved our understanding of chronic pain. Recent research in physical, mental and public health disciplines has given us insight into who is at risk for chronic pain and what models of care are likely to be most effective. This presentation proposes a self-management model where the patients treat themselves and healthcare providers serve as the consultants and educators that allow them to do so. This pragmatic, patient focused approach allows us to achieve tangible goals in the face of a highly variable and complex problem set.


16:15 – 17:30

Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation: How the Biopsychosocial Model Results in Lower Healthcare Costs (PAIN) #4186

PRESENTERS: Virgil T. Wittmer, PhD, Brooks Rehabilitation; Christopher D. Sletten, PhD, ABPP, Mayo Clinic Florida

This symposium will review evidenced based research demonstrating and explaining the inverse relationship between healthcare expenses and clinical outcomes when using only traditional medical management for the treatment of chronic pain. Evidenced based guidelines will be presented emphasizing the importance of treating chronic pain from a biopsychosocial model, specifically interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation (IPR). A review of prior research as well as recent outcome data from insurance companies who have had patients treated at Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville) and Brooks Rehabilitation (Jacksonville) will demonstrate significant long-term reductions of healthcare expenses and improved clinical outcomes with IPR as contrasted to medical management only.




7:00 – 8:00

ACRM Pain Rehabilitation Group Meeting #1064 // Open to All

Attend the ACRM Pain Rehabilitation Group meeting to learn about the work of one of ACRM’s newest groups and the many opportunities it offers for productive networking and collaboration.

See the complete schedule of ACRM ISIG , networking group, and task force meetings and plan to join those that best align with your interests and expertise.


9:30 – 10:45

Evidence Based Guidelines for Neuropathic Pain Syndromes Associated with Stroke, SCI and Amputation (PAIN, ST, SCI) #3039

PRESENTERS: Thomas Bryce, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Martin Grabois, MD, Baylor College of Medicine; Stanley Yoo, MD, Moss Rehab

Palliative Medicine Symptom Management  for Rehabilitation Practitioners (CAN, PAIN, CP) #3166

PRESENTERS: Sree Battu, MD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Aziza Kamani, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital; Earl Smith, MD, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine; Rebecca Armendariz, MD, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center


16:00 – 17:30

Resurrecting Interdisciplinary Pain Care: Identifying Barriers and Improving Access #2938

PRESENTERS: Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD, Tampa VA; W. Michael Hooten, MD, Mayo Pain Clinic; Peter Abaci, MD,  Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center

Despite the well-documented clinical benefits and cost effectiveness of interdisciplinary pain care, various barriers exist for implementing this treatment model. This symposium is aimed at identifying the most significant barriers to interdisciplinary pain care in the modern era, demystifying access to interdisciplinary programs, and discussing avenues to improve the growth of interdisciplinary options.



10:00 – 11:15

Starting a Supportive Cancer Care Service: Merging Rehabilitation And Palliative Medicine (CAN, PAIN, CP) #3213

PRESENTERS: Rebecca T. Armendariz, MD, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

How to Motivate Patients with Chronic Pain Across the Continuum of Care (PAIN, CP, MIL) #4048

PRESENTERS: LaDonna C. Saxon, PhD, Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System; Jeffrey Kinderdietz, PhD, Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System


13:15 – 14:30

A Syndrome Approach to Back Pain: What the Guidelines Don’t Say (PAIN, CP, OUT) #3259

PRESENTERS: Tom M. Carter, CBI Health Group

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The ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) offers NONSTOP CONTENT for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer and pediatric rehabilitation plus 11 additional focus areas.

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