Considering the current opioid epidemic in the United States and the APTA Choose PT campaign, PTs need to know how to effectively treat patients with musculoskeletal (MSD) and substance use disorder (SUD). This PT elective will introduce PTs to the concepts of identifying patients who struggle with addiction and their comorbidities. The course will provide strategies for PT evaluation, treatment, and effective patient progression with a holistic approach. Lastly this course will expose PTs to ways they can more effectively enhance the patient’s recovery program once the clinician better understands the recovery concept.
Your instructor will be Dr. Holly Johnson. After Holly’s 32-year career in private practice in Kentucky, she has spent the past 2 years developing PT treatment programs that focus on substance abuse recovery utilizing PT, pain neuroscience and behavioral health services. Additionally, she teaches a PT elective course on how PTs can successfully treat patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain (MSP), central sensitization and substance use disorder (SUD). She currently conducts ongoing research with the University of Kentucky in this new PT niche.She served as the Kentucky Chapter Payment Policy Committee Chairmen from 2008 to 2019, and on the APTA’s Private Practice Section’s , Payment Policy Committee since 2013. She has been a frequent speaker at PPS annual conference, and APTA Combined Sections Meeting representing PPS. She has recently presented lectures on successful preparation for alternative payment models including direct to employer PT services. Additionally, she provides PT consulting services through her company Johnson PT.