Course 3: No Pain, All Gain – Aquatics and Orthopedics

Course 3: No Pain, All Gain – Aquatics and Orthopedics


In this course, we see the evidence and innovation for the use of an aquatic environment and more – an underwater treadmill to maximize the engagement and outcome for persons recovering from total join replacement or lumbar spine surgery. While there are many more indications across cervical spine pathology, shoulder and ligament reconstruction – this high intensity and evidence-based course will be focused as indicated.

Learning Objectives:

  • Aquatic principles that can benefit persons with pain, stiffness and weakness after surgery
  • Total joint replacement – timing, activities and expectations
  • Laminectomy, fusion and underwater lumbar spine surgery

Speaker Bio:

Mike Studer (PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA) received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1991. He received his post-professional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995 and has been designated a Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) by the Geriatric Section of the APTA. Mike has served as the vice-president of the Neurology Section of the APTA and has been the chair of several special interest groups including the Practice Committee of the Academies of Neurology and Geriatric PT. He is a full-time treating therapist at, and founder of, Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Oregon. Mr. Studer has presented courses and published articles on neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation since 1995 and has authored or co-authored several book chapters as well. Mike is now regularly a guest lecturer on an international basis at several universities and national meetings on the topics of balance, motor control, motor learning, cognitive impairment and case management. He was awarded the 2011 Clinician of the Year by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy – a section of the American Physical Therapy Association – and the same award by the Academy of Geriatric PT – making him the first to receive this national distinction from each section.