CRPS: Updates in Therapist Management

CRPS: Updates in Therapist Management

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FL AOTA #3397 6hrs

Susan shares updates in CRPS in this 4 part series. She discusses the neuromatrix of the brain and neurotags and how pain is 100% output of the brain. She reviews difficult concepts and makes them understandable.

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This is a revolutionary course. The changes in treatment of CRPS are significant. You will really enjoy the presentation Susan shares and the clear examples of how to treat patients with CRPS. Help your patients become empowered with retaining of the brain. AOTA approved: Domain of OT, Occupationalal Therapy Process for evaluation and intervention.



  • Identify the modern-day term used for CRPS/ RSD.
  • Review terminology regarding pain.
  • Determine what patients are at risk for CRPS
  • Review what central sensitization means and how it affects caring for patients.
  • Review the definition of pain, areas involved in pain and how pain is output.
  • Review how pain starts and how pain can change to pathological pain.
  • Review the Budapest criteria and how it facilitates the diagnosis of CRPS.
  • Review how to avoid stimulating or causing painful neurotags to fire.
  • Review how neuroscience education is important to use with patients with CRPS.
  • Determine how to increase functional activities for patients with CRPS as they get better.
  • Review nerve blocks and when they are applied and not applied.
  • Recognize tools that will help calm the brain, reduce negative thinking, and improve body imagery.
  • Recognize the biopsychosocial approach and how it is changing the thought process of pain and where it is coming from.
  • Review how cognitive behavioral restructuring fits in the scope of our practice.
  • Identify top-down treatment strategies to improve function.
  • Determine when to use graded motor imagery, mindfulness, yoga, reiki or other techniques.
  • 4 movie sessions with Susan sharing details of diagnostics to treatment for CRPS
  • Includes downloads of Budapest criiteria, CSI inventory, Tampa Kinesiophobia scale, McGill pain scale
  • Provides access to Susan’s recommended expert in guided imagery and mindfulness



Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She is a guest lecturer at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee (UTHSC) and earned an Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from there. She has a strong clinical background in treating neurological and musculoskeletal consequences of injury. Susan has presented nationally and internationally in upper and lower extremity dysfunctions as well as pain management. Susan has written articles on a wide variety of topics related to physical therapy for many national publications and health journals. Her most recent publications are “Graded Motor Imagery” in the Journal of Hand Therapy 2011 and a chapter on “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome” in the book entitled Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes by Elsevier in 2011. Ms. Stralka is very active in the community with the Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Germantown Rotary Club and Girls Inc. as well as with many other civic organizations. She has held numerous state and national offices with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Arthritis Association. In 2009, Susan was recognized by the Arthritis Association as Volunteer of the Year. With the goal of providing the best rehabilitative care to patients, Stralka continually recruits and supports innovative clinical programs to benefit future patients.


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