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When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: Zachary Walston, PT, DPT, OCS
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) offers FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"Impact of Symptom Chronicity on Patient Outcomes"

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Zachary Walston, PT, DT, OCS  presents his research on "Impact of Symptom Chronicity on Patient Outcomes."

While physical therapy has been shown to be a successful treatment strategy for acute pain the results are not as promising for chronic pain. A likely explanation of this phenomenon is the current approach to developing a plan of care. This session will review current literature regarding plan of care development and dosage of care with respect to outpatient physical therapy. It will review new research assessing the potential impact of treatment duration and frequency of visits with respect to low back pain chronicity and patient outcomes to assist with future plan of care development and implementation. It will also cover barriers, expected progression, and big-picture interventional approaches to treating chronic pain.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a tailored rehabilitative plan of care in relation to a patient’s low back pain chronicity at the onset of care.
  • Assess current health services research and implement new treatment strategies based on it.
  • Educate their community on the importance of seeking rehabilitative services in the acute phase of symptoms to improve outcomes and decrease downstream costs.
  • Describe the negative impact of chronic low back pain on patient outcomes in the rehabilitative setting.
  • Outline appropriate dosage of care in regard to pain neuroscience and exercise physiology principles.



Zachary Walston, PT, DT, OCS serves as the National Director of Quality and Research at PT Solutions. Zach grew up in Northern Virginia and earned his BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He then received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory University and is a graduate of PT Solution’s Orthopaedic Residency Program.

In his time at PT Solutions, Dr. Walston has served as a senior clinic director, gaining operations experience leading the east Atlanta market. His current primary roles comprise of overseeing research efforts at PT Solutions, developing and teaching continuing education courses, and developing quality improvement initiatives throughout the practice. Zach also serves as the Program Coordinator of the PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency Program and the director of the Clinical Mentorship Program.

Dr. Walston’s focus of research is on dosage and timing of physical therapy and impact of physical medicine on healthcare utilization. He has developed and taught several credentialed continuing education courses for PT Solutions Physical Therapy. He has also lectured at numerous universities in both graduate and undergraduate settings.

Dr. Walston is an active member of the Orthopedic and Research sections of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

Zach currently lives in Marietta, GA with his wife, son, and two dogs.

You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.



Webinar Instructions: 


Topic: Spotlight on Research: Impact of Symptom Chronicity on Patient Outcomes
Time: Jul 11, 2019 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 463 413 1429


ZOOM Virtual Meeting Information -

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities.

Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!


The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).

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