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Lifestyle Medicine and Musculoskeletal Health: Broadening your Scope with Dr. Sinead Dufour

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Accelerate your Growth by Increasing your Scope Episode 5

Lifestyle Medicine and Musculoskeletal Health: Broadening your Scope with Dr. Sinead Dufour

This series is designed for private practice and hospital-based orthopaedic therapists, including physiotherapists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, and sports medicine physicians.  The scope of practice for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions is rapidly changing.  Years lived with disability for people with chronic MSK conditions has increased by 60% since the turn of the millennium. 

MSK conditions are more complex than ever before. Nutrition, lifestyle factors, sensorimotor smudging, pelvic health, psychosocial factors, and stress all play a role in the health and wellbeing of persons with MSK problems.  

Are you ready to accelerate your clinical growth by broadening your scope of practice?  

Episode 5: Lifestyle Medicine and Musculoskeletal Health: Broadening your Scope with Dr. Sinead Dufour

Objectives of the Session:

Data supports that physiotherapists need to play an important role in modifying lifestyle factors (illness beliefs, stress, sleep, physical activity and diet) for patients with persistent pain.  Have you developed these skills yet?  What are you waiting for!

General Information about this Webinar Series

Don’ts: You don’t have to become a psychologist to have a psychologically-informed practice and you don’t have to become a pelvic health physiotherapist to address pelvic health issues.  

Do’s: You do have to raise your awareness of the complexity of factors that contribute to persistent pain.  This webinar series will accomplish just that.  It is designed to introduce you to a variety of topics for consideration in MSK problems.  Should a menopausal woman with shoulder pain get the same treatment approach as a 20-year old student?  Do you routinely screen the pelvic floor in low back pain?  What does spirituality have to do with MSK problems?  Lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, sleep, and exercise are rarely discussed with someone with neck pain; yet, all of these factors are highly relevant.  

Join Carolyn Vandyken as she has an open forum discussion with clinical leaders in these areas of whole-person health.

Overview of all Sessions:

  1. Sleep and Musculoskeletal Pain: The Crucial Link with Debbie Patterson (February 12)
  2. Osteoporosis: A Silent Risk Factor for Decreased Quality of Life (QOL) with Mikki Townsend (February 19)
  3. Hormones Matter: Considerations for Treating Women with MSK Problems with Susan Clinton (February 26)
  4. Tension is a Top-Down Problem: Changing our Target(s) with Exercise with Carolyn Vandyken (March 5)
  5. Lifestyle Medicine and Musculoskeletal (MSK) Health: Broadening your Scope with Dr. Sinead Dufour (March 12)
  6. Exercise Prescription Overhaul for MSK Pain with Cory Blickenstaff and Teresa Waser (March 19)
  7. Polyvagal Theory, Stress and MSK Pain with Marlysa Sullivan (March 26)

Upon completion of this webinar series, participants will:

  • Have a deeper appreciation of the complexity of MSK problems
  • Understand the data that suggests that our current approach to MSK rehab needs an overhaul
  • Develop a thirst for more knowledge and skills that will broaden their scope and skill-base to help MSK patients make sustainable change(s)
  • Accelerate the growth of their practice by diversifying their skillset in a biopsychosocial realm
  • Treat MSK problems more effectively by taking the whole person into consideration

 

The instructors
Carolyn Vandyken
BHSc (PT)

Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 33 years.She is a McKenzie Credentialed physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Woman of Distinction award (2004) and the OPA Distinguished Education Award (2015). She has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twelve years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

Her passion is to break down the silos that we live in as clinicians.


Sinead Dufour
PT, PhD
Dr. Sinéad Dufour is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She teaches and conducts research in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2013). Her current research interests include: conservative approaches to manage pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health. Sinéad stays currently clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) in Milton, Ontario.
Course Material included in this course
  • Lifestyle Medicine and Musculoskeletal Health: Broadening your Scope with Dr. Sinead Dufour
  • Slides
  • Introduction
  • Lifestyle Interventions and Physiotherapists
  • Health Coaching
  • Questions
  • Closing Questions
  • Feedback
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