A FREE Member Event to Thank You for your Membership and Support!

This educational gift from the APTADC meets 2 out of the 4 public health priority hours of the District. 

Thank You for Joining us May 4th at our Virtual Member Meeting & Special Presentation.

This course is now available On Demand.

Changing of the Guard: Effective Pain Management Strategies to Impact Opioid Prescribing Practices

    This course is designed to support the Mayor’s public health priority of responsible opioid prescribing and
 effective pain management
by providing an understanding
of the underpinnings of the opioid crisis and how we can leverage evidence based physical therapy to
help stop the crisis at its source.

Educational Credit: 2 CEUs

Course Description
Over 20 years after its beginnings, the worldwide opioid crisis continues to take its toll on patients, families, nations, industries, and the global economy. Finally, non-opioid, and even non-pharmacological, pain management strategies are gaining serious recognition in the fight against the overutilization of prescription opioids, our underlying cultural issues surrounding pain, and the plague this has caused. Physical therapy offers patients, prescribers, and health insurers safer ways to manage pain, offering a beacon of hope in a bleak landscape. 

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize how the prevailing ideas about pain may undermine a patient’s chances of recovery
  • Understand the mechanisms involved in the transition from acute/nociceptive pain to chronic/persistent pain
  • Stratify a patient’s risk of developing chronic LBP by utilizing an evidence-based approach
  • Identify modifiable risk factors for LBP-related disability
  • Understand the strength of evidence regarding various non pharmacological pain management approaches
Speaker: Roy Film PT, MPT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is an assistant professor at the School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science (PTRS) where he teaches primarily in the areas of orthopedic PT, manual therapy, chronic pain, and evidence-based practice. Roy’s interests focus on the conservative management of musculoskeletal conditions and helping to elevate clinical practice by teaching throughout the full spectrum of the field by teaching doctoral students, practicing clinicians, residents, and fellows. His personal mission is to help minimize the burden of the opioid crisis via promoting the use of evidence-based nonpharmaceutical pain management approaches such as physical therapy.

Roy is the Program Director of UMSOM Fellowship in OMPT as well as the Academic Director for the University of Maryland Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. He has been a recipient of the PTRS Faculty of the Year Award three times and the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award twice. Roy was the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association of Maryland. He is the current Vice President of the APTA of Maryland and serves on accreditation bodies for PT residency and fellowship programs both nationally and internationally. Dr. Film is currently serving as the national taskforce leader for increasing access to non-pharmacological pain management through US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) for the National Opioid Crisis Community Summit. On campus, he serves on the UMB Faculty Senate and the SOM Diversity Advisory Committee in addition to the many departmental service roles he has played in PTRS over the years.

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