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Current Techniques in Canine Pain Management
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» The Business of Canine Rehabilitation

» Canine Sports Medicine

» Current Techniques in Clinical Orthopedics: Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

» The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient

» Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation

» Orthotics and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation

» PennHIP Certification


Faculty: Patrice M. Mich, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVA, CCRT, Sasha A. Foster, MSPT, CCRT

Prerequisites: This 2-day course is open to Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants who have successfully completed Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation. All CCRTs, CCRAs and CCRPs who are licensed veterinary or physical therapy professionals are welcome. Veterinary Technicians and Physical Therapist Assistants who are CCRPs must submit an Employer Agreement Letter.

Course Description: In this comprehensive course, pain physiology and pathophysiology are made more accessible so you can directly improve your daily practice. Assessment techniques and treatment options are covered in depth. The critical relationship between pain management and rehabilitation is strongly emphasized using a case-based presentation. An integrative approach to management of acute and chronic pain is discussed including routine and novel pharmacology, supplements, biomodulation (acupuncture, LASER, shockwave), interventional techniques (e.g. PRP, stem cell), and rehabilitation. Strategies for combining multiple treatment modalities for better outcomes are presented.

Please note: Students who do not attend a full day of class will not receive any CE credit hours for that day and may have to return to make up the missing hours.

Course Fee: $550

Topics Covered Include:

  • Physiology/pathophysiology of pain
  • Pain assessment techniques
  • Impact of pain on the neuromusculoskeletal system
  • Pharmacologic agents used in pain control
  • Therapeutic physical agents and their application in pain management
  • Manual therapy for pain management
  • Exercise therapies for pain management
  • Concepts for managing acute/adaptive pain
  • Dietary, nutraceutical and pharmacologic approaches for managing chronic/maladaptive pain
  • Acupuncture
  • Psychological factors and adjuncts of pain management
  • Chronic pain complexities as they relate to physical interventions
  • Development of multimodal plans for case management