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Different Heads of the Same Beast: Considering the Commonalities Between Chronic Pain and Obesity to Better Address Them
Published by Ohio Physical Therapy Association and Indiana Physical Therapy Association

It is painfully obvious- Obesity and chronic pain wreak havoc upon the health and well-being of far too many individuals in the United States and around the world. Both issues strip individuals of happiness, self-fulfillment, functional ability, and overall quality of life.

There is no disputing that obesity and chronic pain are multi-factorial problems with no guaranteed solutions. Two forms of treatment, however, have been shown to positively affect individuals suffering from obesity and chronic pain: education and exercise.

Physical therapists are skilled in educating individuals regarding healthy living and are able to deliberately utilize exercise and movement to help improve quality of life. Subsequently, physical therapists stand face to face with a challenging opportunity: being front line providers in the treatment of individuals suffering from obesity and chronic pain.

In this presentation, similarities in potential foundational causes of obesity and chronic pain will be discussed. The ability of physical therapy to address these foundational causes and to ultimately assist in the treatment of these burdensome diseases will be highlighted and elaborated upon.

Daniel Chelette, PT, DPT
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Daniel Chelette, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT is currently a Staff Physical Therapist at Orthopedic One, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Duke University with his DPT in 2015, completed the Ohio State University Orthopedic Residency in Decemberof 2016 and obtained his Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2017. Dr. Chelette is also a graduate of the Ohio State...More

Program Agenda
I. The Problems of Obesity and Chronic Pain
A. Depth of the Problems (5 minutes)
B. Potential Root Causes of Obesity and Chronic Pain (12 minutes)
1. Common Themes
2. An Opportunity for Physical Therapists

II. Physical Therapy as a Treatment for Chronic Pain and Obesity (33 minutes)
A. Patient Education
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
2. Movement Education
a. Promotion of daily physical activity
b. Development of a structured exercise program
3. Diet and Nutrition
a. Foundational Principles to Convey within our scope
b. When to Refer to a Dietician
4. Sleep
A. Vital to Function
B. Poor Sleep=Poor Health
C. Strategies for Improving Sleep
5. Self-Efficacy and Self-Locus of Control
A. How to Assess
B. Ways to promote and intervene

III. Question and Answer (10 minutes)

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Different Heads of the Same Beast: Considering the Commonalities Between Chronic Pain and Obesity to Better Address Them (Credit: Indiana Ch, MN BPT, Arizona PT, South Caro, TBPTE, Alabama Ch, Ohio PTA)
Published on 2/12/2019
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