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NE District Event - Jan. 23: The New Wave in IASTM Tools

Posted: December 13, 2017

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: The CSU PT Department in the newly built student health building. 151 W. Lake St., Fort Collins, CO

The PT department is located on the main floor.  After entering the building, head straight and go toward the SE corner of the building. 

Cost: APTA CO Members: $10; Non- Members: $20; Students: $5

Description: Instruction and lab on the Wave tool recently developed by local PT, Jeff Giddings.  The session will start with a brief lecture on the use of IASTM techniques, theories,  and diagnoses appropriate for treatment using the Wave tool.  There will be time for lab practice with specific instruction on the function and versatility of this new tool. 

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Earn 8 CEUs at the January 27th PT PAC Event

Posted: December 18, 2017

Title: Innovative Management of the Lumbar Spine: Maximizing Outcomes in Fewer Visits

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Where: Regis University, Peter Claver Hall, Room 409, 333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221

Cost: $200 APTA CO Members; $250 Non-Members; $75 DPT Students

Speakers: Kristin Carpenter, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jeff  Ryg, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, ATC, FAAOMPT (Biographies available online here.)

Description: This 1-day, case-based course is designed to improve your effectiveness in the clinic managing patients with low back pain. Participants will learn the most up to date evidence regarding differential diagnosis, examination, and intervention techniques. Majority of course time and emphasis will be placed on lab sessions to improve efficiency and outcomes in the clinic on Monday. Participants will learn unique and effective manual therapy and exercise interventions for the lower quarter based on sound clinical reasoning through case based learning and pattern recognition.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1) Report best practice evidence based evaluation and treatment techniques during case study discussions and lab sessions

2) Perform differential diagnosis of low back symptoms during lab sessions and case studies

3) Describe and accurately perform clinical lower quarter special tests with known diagnostic utility during lab sessions

4) Given the most current evidence, design a treatment plan and perform interventions for patients with low back pain during lab sessions and case studies

5) Perform manual therapy and exercise interventions based on case presentations during lab sessions


730–8a Registration and Pre Test

8–9a Introduction and Differential Diagnosis of Low Back Pain (LBP)

9–10a Subjective Exam: The Foundation for Accurate Diagnosis and Clinical Efficiency

10–1015a BREAK

1015–12p Objective Exam: Case Based Clinical Reasoning and Recognition of Common Clinical Patterns

12–1p LUNCH on your own

1–2p Manual Therapy Interventions: Lumbar Directed

2–3p Manual Therapy Interventions: Hip Directed

3–315p BREAK

315–4p Manual Therapy: Passive to Active Progressions

4–5p Using Exercise to Confirm Hypotheses and Treat Clinical Patterns

5–530p Q&A and Post Test

Earn 8 CEUS!

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Join CIVHC at the Next Change Agent Chat Tomorrow

Posted: January 11, 2018

CIVHC (Center for Improving Value in Health Care)
Next Change Agent Chat: Friday, January 12, 12-12:30pm MT

Featured Change Agent: Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (Cameron MacDonald, DPT, PT)

The Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) used CO APCD data to investigate what percentage physical rehabilitation services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Chiropractic) make up of total health care expenditures in Colorado. By looking at claims from commercial insurers for outpatient services at provider offices, ambulatory surgery centers, and hospitals, the Colorado Chapter was able to identify service utilization as a portion of health care spending between 2010 and 2012.

How did the Colorado Chapter of the APTA use what they discovered to benefit Coloradans?

Join our 30 minute #ChangeAgentChat on Friday, January 12th, 12-12:30pm MT, hosted by CIVHC’s Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, M.D., Chief Medical Officer.

Click here to register.


Judge Rules On Physical Therapists Performing Dry Needling

Posted: January 11, 2018

Boulder, CO (January 9, 2018) – The Colorado State Physical Therapy Board recently defeated a lawsuit filed by two acupuncture organizations challenging Physical Therapy Board Rule 211 and physical therapists’ ability to perform dry needling. The Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (CO APTA) participated as an amicus party. CO APTA was represented by the law firm of Caplan and Earnest, with its team of lawyers being led in this case by Sheryl Bridges.

The Court’s ruling in the PT Board’s favor was significant in that it declared that the Board acted within its statutory authority in allowing physical therapists to perform dry needling. In his order denying the acupuncturists’ requests, Judge Bruce A. Jones held that "there is sufficient elasticity in the [Physical Therapy Practice] Act's definition of physical therapy to encompass dry needling."

Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapists to treat pain and other chronic movement impairments. According to Bridges, the debate centered around the acupuncturist organizations’ arguments that the practice of dry needling was not a physical therapy act, but was instead an act of acupuncture. The ruling, according to Bridges, does not put an end to this dispute but should make it more difficult for this type of argument to gain traction as the PT Act heads into sunset review.

“This ruling upholds the Colorado Chapter's position that the Colorado physical therapy practice is inclusive of language that ‘provide for new developments in physical therapy practice,’ which includes dry needling,” said Cameron MacDonald, president of the Colorado Chapter of the APTA and assistant professor at Regis University, who further explained that prior legislative debate on this issue had been split.

“As we move into the legislative session and the sunset process of the PT Practice Act, the Chapter will remain diligent in seeking to strengthen the PT Practice Act in Colorado,” MacDonald said. “The Chapter is pleased that the due diligence, task force work, and legal services provided generated a very positive outcome. Many were involved in this effort. This verdict is positive for Coloradan's who seek health care from physical therapists. It does not limit the scope of any other practitioner.”

ABOUT CAPLAN AND EARNEST: Caplan and Earnest LLC provides one of the most experienced and trusted practice groups for health law in the Rocky Mountain region. We offer health care organizations a holistic and common sense approach to complex and constantly evolving health law. Caplan and Earnest attorneys can be reached at 303-443-8010 or by visiting

Contact: Lisa Metzger

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APTA National Website To Be Down Saturday, Jan. 20

Posted: Jan. 19, 2018

Tomorrow - Saturday, January 20 - APTA will be doing system maintenance.

From at least 9 am – 2 pm this Saturday --

APTA’s websites, including, will not be available until the maintenance has completed. This also includes:

• Any events where registration is active during this time.

•  Component Connection

•  Communities

•  Learning Center

Finally, if you use APTA’s web service that provides real-time membership verification to your chapter or section website, members will not be able to log in.

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