AAPM&R's Spotlight Conferences are mini conferences focused on targeted clinical or
practice topics to help you navigate and succeed in the changing
Hear from accomplished experts during these sessions, which are 2-3 hours in length and follow a traditional format, including:
- Formal slide presentations
- Didactic speakers
- Panel discussions
Increase your understanding
of novel topics and innovative approaches by viewing our past Spotlight Conferences below!
Medical Cannabis Review 2022: Clinical Applications, Research, and Medicolegal Considerations
During this June 18 session, medical cannabis experts discussed clinical applications across a variety of practice settings. This three-hour program addressed relevant research, medicolegal issues, and provided a clear understanding of how medical cannabis can be an effective tool for PM&R physicians treating pain, spasticity, insomnia and other chronic conditions. There was also be a review of medical cannabis regulatory issues as well as its use in underserved populations. A panel discussion with live Q&A was also provided.
The Kinetic Chain: The Overhead Athlete
The study of movement as a whole - THE KINETIC CHAIN - and the application of this analysis to examination and diagnosis of pathology is what makes physiatry so unique. The goal of the series is to revive understanding of the principles of kinetic chain analysis and return it to the forefront of one's practice. Each session highlights an aspect of physical motion and review typical human movement as well as patterns seen in typical impairments. Faculty will provide practical tips on how they use their respective analyses in the evaluations of their patients
During this February 12 session, faculty discussed typical components of the shoulder, scapula and overhead athletes, and the relationship to the kinetic chain. Faculty reviewed the biomechanics of the overhead and windmill pitch, scapular kinetics and how impairments in the timing of these motions as well as impairments to the distal chain (such as the hip) influences and may ultimately result in one’s assessment of specific injuries. Faculty also provided practical tips on how they use their respective analyses (biomechanical, static vs dynamic and clinical) in the evaluations of their overhead athletic patients.
The Kinetic Chain: Gait Analysis
The study of movement as a whole - the kinetic chain - and the application of this analysis to examination and diagnosis of pathology is what makes physiatry so unique. The goal of this series is to revive your understanding of the principles of kinetic chain analysis and return it to the forefront of your practice.
During our April 24 session, we discussed typical components of gait and its development. Faculty explored how gait is altered in different impairments and how understanding the kinetic chain influences one's assessment of specific injuries and their treatment options. We also provided practical tips on how they can use their respective analyses in the evaluations of their patients.