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SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM 2017 - October 20, 2017 

CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS ON "#ChoosePT: Evidence for Physical Therapy Pain Management Without Opioids"

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of prescription opioid overdose, quadrupling since 1999. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is "urging health care providers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safe alternatives like physical therapy."As part of the #ChoosePT campaign, APTA advocates "before accepting a prescription for opioids, patients should talk to their health care providers about related risks and safer alternatives." Physical therapy professionals play a crucial role in providing evidence-based treatment of pain without the danger of opioid use. 

OPTA’s 2017 Scientific Symposium will focus on the evidence to support physical therapy interventions for pain management —across the continuum (including all portions of the lifespan and in all practice areas, including but not limited to pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports physical therapy, neurology, oncology, cardiopulmonary, acute care, women’s/men’s health, wound care, etc.).

Evidence-based presentation proposals are now being accepted on topics related to:

  • DESCRIPTION of pain management across the lifespan and across the continuum of physical therapy care, including communication, terminology, and documentation.  
  • PURPOSE of pain management in physical therapy practice, how this intervention has changed based on current evidence, and implications for physical therapy practice today and in the future.
  • INNOVATIONS  in evidence-based pain management. 
  • APPLICATION/DEVELOPMENT of evidence-based physical therapy interventions for improving pain management. 
  • OUTCOMES of physical therapy interventions for improvement of pain management and effect on improvement in the human experience, including case studies.
  • REVIEW of current clinical practice guidelines or other evidence-based documents related to pain management.

Research Shorts will showcase speakers who will educate our audience in short snippets of well-developed information. Speakers will be challenged to hone their presentation to include important material and inspire the audience in 15-18 minutes. Presenters will have the opportunity to augment their presentation with Powerpoint slides that are concise and visually pleasing.

Read "A Guide to Presenting at the 2017 Scientific Symposium."

Submissions will be accepted online and must include the following for consideration:

  1. Title of Presentation (up to 150 characters)
  2. Description of the presentation clearly stating how you will address one of the above topics (100-200 words)
  3. Presentation outline including length of time on each topic. Must be 15-18 minutes total.
  4. Learning objectives - at least 3 following the document "Writing Effective Learning Objectives for Your OPTA Conference Presentation" (50-100 words)
  5. Bibliography of at least 5 works published within the past 10 years
  6. Presenter information: Name, phone number, email address, credentials/qualifications to teach the specific course material, pertinent previous speaking history (100-200 words each presenter)

Incomplete submissions will not be considered for review by the Conference Committee. Please gather all submission requirements prior to entering the submission portal below.

Submissions will be accepted online via OPTA's Conference Submission Portal--you cannot save your work and return to the submission portal. Submissions are due by May 18, 2017 (Deadline Extended). Confirmation of receipt will be sent via email.


Presentations will be reviewed by the Conference Committee during the month of June. Letters of acceptance or denial will be sent via email.

Contact the OPTA office at (614) 855-4109 or


October 20, 2017 - Columbus Airport Marriott, Columbus, OH - Scientific Symposium 2017 - NEW LOCATION!

April 13-14, 2018 - Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, OH  - Annual Conference 2018

Looking For Ways to Volunteer? 

The conference committee is seeking volunteers to serve as abstract reviewers for the 2017 Scientific Symposium. You must be an OPTA member in order to be selected. We are looking to select volunteers by May 1, 2017

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