The Professional Development Tool

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Outcome 7

I develop evidence-informed physical therapy management programs in collaboration with clients/patients, directed at modifying pain and encouraging helpful behaviors, promoting tissue healing, preventing the transition from acute to chronic pain, improving function, reducing disability, and facilitating recovery.

  1. I can describe and select physiotherapy interventions that influence physiological processes that may influence pain and disability
  2. I can describe and select physiotherapy interventions that influence psychological processes that may influence pain and disability (acknowledging scope of practice limitations).
  3. I can describe and select physiotherapy interventions that influence social processes that may influence pain and disability (acknowledging scope of practice limitations).
Journal Articles

Psychologically Informed Interventions for Low Back Pain: An Update for Physical Therapists. Nicholas MK, George SZ.

A randomized controlled trial of intensive neurophysiology education in chronic low back pain. Moseley GL, Nicholas MK, Hodges PW.

Effect of motor control exercises versus graded activity in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Macedo LG, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hodges PW, McAuley JH, Nicholas MK, et al.

Achilles and patellar tendinopathy loading programs : a systematic review comparing clinical outcomes and identifying potential mechanisms for effectiveness. Malliaras P, Barton CJ, Reeves ND, Langberg H.

Reconceptualising manual therapy skills in contemporary practice. Rabey M, Hall T, Hebron C, Palsson TS, Christensen SW, Moloney N.

Preoperative Pain Neuroscience Education for Lumbar Radiculopathy: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial With 1-Year Follow-up. Louw A, Diener I, Landers MR, Puentedura EJ.

Mechanism-specific rehabilitation management of complex regional pain syndrome: Proposed recommendations from evidence synthesis. Packham T, Holly J.

Introducing acceptance and commitment therapy to a physiotherapy-led pain rehabilitation programme: An action research study. Barker KL, Heelas L, Toye F.

Cognitive Functional Therapy: An Integrated Behavioral Approach for the Targeted Management of Disabling Low Back Pain. O’Sullivan PB, Caneiro JP, O’Keeffe M, Smith A, Dankaerts W, Fersum K, et al.

It’s time for change with the management of non-specific chronic low back pain. O’Sullivan P.

Videos & Webinars

The Physio Matters Podcast – Session 9: Psychological interventions in Physiotherapy with Dr. Richard Bennett and The Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP)

Online Publications

What does using a biopsychosocial framework mean in practice? – a blog post by Bronnie Lennox-Thompson

What do we do with those questionnaires? – a blog post contemplating how the Pain Catastrophizing Scale could be used to inform clinical management, by Bronnie Lennox-Thompson

How “social” is your biopsychosocial model? – a blog post by Bronnie Lennox-Thompson

CRPS: What to do about it? A guest post from Janet Holly

It’s not about the wand… it’s about all the other marvelous things you do to heal pelvic pain

Recovery Strategies Pain Guidebook by Greg Lehman

Recovery Strategies Pain Guidebook (French translation) by Greg Lehman

Physiotherapy Alberta College & Association’s Chronic Pain Management Toolkit


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