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PT Elevated | Align 2022 – Whiplash and Neck Pain | Julia Treleaven

June 2, 2022 • Manual Therapy • Kory Zimney, JJ Thomas, Paul Mintken

Welcome back to a NEW season of PT Elevated where we are broadening our topics to include more researchers but still focusing on topics that you can use in your clinic every day. This season we will have some of our speakers as guests who will be live in-person at the EIM Align Conference this August 26-28 in Dallas, Texas.

Our first episode of season 3 welcomes Dr. Julia Treleaven who is a keynote speaker at our Align Conference this August. Julia is a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia and a part of the head and neck research unit. She has been researching whiplash and neck pain since 2000 and in 2004 completed her PhD focusing on the neck’s influence on sensorimotor control. She has continued her research in this area and now is also looking at the role of neck dysfunction in those with headache, dizziness and post-concussion due to concomitant whiplash-type injury. She has over 100 publications in this area, written several book chapters and is an author of the recent book “Management of neck disorders- an evidenced based approach.” Julia works part-time as a physiotherapist in a private practice managing patients such as those with, whiplash, cervicogenic dizziness and post-concussion syndrome.

They focus their discussion on sensorimotor control and what Julia’s speaker discussion will be focusing on at the Align Conference and more!

Here are some of the highlights:
Julia discusses how important it is to understand why sensorimotor control is important in the head and neck.

She discusses the different tests that can be used to find and diagnose a problem and find out where it may be coming from and if the neck or head is involved or not.

Julia says today, “We are understanding more how to assess patients to decide whether the head or neck is involved or not.” She talks about how to handle joint restrictions and more!

Julia’s Align Session Preview She will be going over the Clinical Assessment of Sensory Motor Control in the neck and tests that she thinks might be useful clinically to help differentiate if it is coming from the neck or the vestibular system. Then some ideas of how to integrate that into training for patients as well.

Julia’s Clinical Pearl – “Really think about your examination: what you are feeling, what you are seeing? Try not to rely so much on pain, then try to put it together, does it make sense? If it is not making sense then you probably have missed something or you need to assess if there is anything else you can look at. If it is making sense, then fantastic! Really just focusing on what you are feeling and seeing and if it is making sense.”

Helpful research and training:

Management of Upper Extremity Disorders
Management of Lower Extremity Disorders
Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders
Manual Physical Therapy Certification
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

Ad Info: We are excited to be back in person and back to hands-on learning for the 2022 Align Conference. This year you can join an all-star lineup of speakers in Dallas, Texas, August 26 through the 28. The labs and lectures focus on sharpening the physical, hands-on treatments essential to patient care. Save 5% on registration as a PT Elevated Podcast listener. Visit and use the promo code PTELEVATED at checkout.  You can find the promo code and a link to the website in the show notes. We can’t wait to see you!

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Align Conference 2022, Website

Kory Zimney

Kory received a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1994. He completed his transitional DPT from Des Moines University in 2010 and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2020. His dissertation focused on the construct of trust as part of the therapeutic alliance and its relation...

JJ Thomas

JJ owns Primal Physical Therapy, a private cash-based practice in Bryn Mawr, PA. With over 20 years as a physical therapist, her unique experiences and training have shaped her into the successful clinician and educator she is. JJ holds certifications in a variety of advanced specialty techniques and methods, all of which complement her role...

Paul Mintken

Paul has taught musculoskeletal content for the past 15 years. His active research agenda focuses on conservative care for musculoskeletal disorders as well as spinal and extremity manipulation and dry needling. Current Roles: Evidence In Motion, Faculty Wardenburg Health Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, Lead Clinician Regis University Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy,...

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