Telemedicine

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, a panel discussed the use of telemedicine. The panel included: Mark Johnson – Sedgwick (moderator) Teresa Bartlett, MD – SVP and Senior Medical Officer, Sedgwick Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, CWS – Professor, Mount Saint Mary’s University Ted Jeffries – Director of Claims, Missouri Employers Mutual […]

Treatment Guidelines and Drug Formularies

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, Ingrid O’Keefe from MCG Health discussed the use of evidence based medicine in the development of treatment guidelines and drug formularies in workers’ compensation. Evidence based medicine is healthcare based on clinical studies of what works best and what does not. It involves transparent literature review […]

Biofeedback in Pain Management

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, Felix Laevsky, MS, from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab discussed how biofeedback is used in pain management treatment. Role of Biofeedback Develop skills to evoke relaxation response and control stress response. Develop skills to manage pain and pain related symptoms at any time in any real life […]

Role of Physical Therapy in Multidisciplinary Pain Management

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, Hannah Nilles, PT, DPT, from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, discussed the role of physical therapy in a multidisciplinary pain management program. When patients start physical therapy in a multidisciplinary pain management program, their initial reaction is to question how this therapy is going to be different […]

Advances in Stem Cell Research

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, Stephen McKenna, MD, Chief of the Rehabilitation Trauma Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center talked about the history of stem cells and the potential from current stem cell trials. Embryonic stem cells are extracted from fertilized human eggs that were not implanted. Often times these […]

Behavior Regulation and Acquired Brain Injury Rehab

At the 2018 Insurance Rehab Synergy Group Annual Conference, Martin Waalkes, PhD, Director of Neuro Rehabilitation for Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation discussed the challenges of behavior regulation and engagement in acquired brain injury rehabilitation. One of the biggest challenges with brain injury patients can be with their behavior. Patients can have self-centered behavior and not […]

Role of Psychology in Interdisciplinary Pain Management

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, Patricia Cole, PhD, from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab discussed the role of psychology in an interdisciplinary pain management program. The initial psychological assessment for an interdisciplinary pain management focuses on whether there are any contra-indications pain management including: Significant cognitive impairment. If the patient has cognitive […]

What to Do After Formal Pain Management Treatment

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Management Annual meeting, a panel discussed how you approach patients after they have completed an interdisciplinary pain management program. The panel included: James Atchison, DO – Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Ravi Prasad, PhD – Stanford University School of Medicine Patricia Cole, PhD – Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Elizabeth […]

Current State of Interdisciplinary Treatment Programs

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, Michael Harris, PhD, from Pacific Rehabilitation Centers, discussed the current state of Interdisciplinary pain treatment programs. Interdisciplinary Care means a group of different specialties and experts who are involved in patient pain care in an equal fashion, and share a single goal of improving the […]

Intro to Interdisciplinary Treatment Programs

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Management Annual Meeting, Stephen Stanos, DO – Swedish Health System and President-American Academy of Pain Medicine talked about why the time is right for interdisciplinary pain treatment programs. The opioid epidemic is getting lots of media attention these days and this has been changing prescribing habits of physicians. […]

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