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Join Amee L. Seitz, PT, PhD, DPT, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University, for this hybrid presentation hosted by the College of Health Sciences and Professions' Physical Therapy program. 


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The drug overdose epidemic in the United States continues to change and become worse. Prescription opioid use has decreased, despite challenges associated with patient expectations for quick, easy, physician-provided pain relief. Guidelines for the management of painful chronic conditions recommend exercise and active strategies over opioid use. Evidence suggests physical rehabilitation for musculoskeletal pain sought early, if not first, is successful at reducing high-cost low-value services, patient-reported function, and less opioid medication. Emerging evidence supports physical therapy interventions over surgical interventions for many chronic musculoskeletal disorders.  Yet, barriers exist to patients seeking and receiving physical therapy and rehabilitation services. Perspectives, behaviors, and policies must evolve to continue to improve first-line pain management.

About the Speaker: 

Amee L. Seitz PT, PhD, DPT is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Seitz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Ohio University. She has an Advanced Masters in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and transitional Clinical Doctorate from MGH Institute Health Professions, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr Seitz leads the DPT musculoskeletal curriculum at Northwestern University with primary teaching responsibilities in lumbar and shoulder content. The goal of her research is to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with musculoskeletal disorders to prevent the transition from acute to chronic musculoskeletal pain. Her current research is focused on elucidating underlying neuromuscular mechanisms associated with failures of joint replacements for patients with shoulder osteoarthritis, neuromuscular control as a contributor to shoulder instability, and PT embedded care in the Emergency Department for patients with acute LBP.  

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