Michelle Despres to Host Breakout Sessions at WCI 2021

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Michelle Despres to Host Breakout Sessions at WCI 2021

The 75th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference (WCI) returns December 12 – 15 to the Orlando World Center Marriott, welcoming industry professionals from across the country to network with and learn from each other. 

During the four-day event, One Call’s vice president of physical therapy, Michelle Despres, PT, CEAS II, REAS, CETS, will serve as a moderator and panelist during two conference tracks – Physical Therapy and National Trends in Workers’ Compensation.  

On Monday, December 13, Michelle will moderate three concurrent PT sessions discussing new guidelines and treatments aimed at streamlining the recovery journey for injured workers. Within this series, Michelle will co-host one of the sessions with chief medical director and VP of Travelers, Marcos Iglesias, MD, MMM, FAAFP, FACOEM, about the effectiveness of PT to manage pain and increase function after common musculoskeletal injuries.  

On Tuesday, December 14, Michelle will serve as moderator alongside panelists Paul Kauffman, RN, BSN, MBA, of AF Group and Amie McGuire, ACA, CWC, CWCL, of Summit Holdings as they discuss the increasingly important role technology plays when creating a home that is both accessible and comfortable for an injured worker and their family following a catastrophic workplace injury.  

To learn more about these educational sessions, read the full session descriptions below:   

Physical Therapy Track:  
December 13 

  • 1 -2 p.m.: Busting the Myth that Pain Treatment Equals Drugs – Co-hosted by Michelle Despres 
  • 2 -3 p.m.: Microprocessor Prosthetic Knee Design  
  • 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.: Functional Capacity Evaluations – APTA Guideline Update 

Busting the Myth that Pain Treatment Equals Drugs 
December 13 | 1 p.m. EDT 

For decades, pharmacological treatment has been the first option in treating pain despite serious side effects, such as misuse and overuse. This approach has contributed to the national opioid epidemic.  

This session will explore non-pharmacological treatment modalities and approaches to reduce pain and increase function, including the importance of a “PT first” model. Data proves that PT delivered as a first option for musculoskeletal injuries within three days of an injury results in a significant decrease in healthcare utilization, disability duration, and the need for future surgical intervention. 

Alexa, Turn on the Lights 
December 14 | 1 p.m. EDT 

The home modification world has revolutionized the meaning of “accessibility” with the introduction of technology products such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Nest Thermostat. Imagine a paraplegic being able to come home and say, “Alexa, turn on the lights” without having to maneuver to a light switch. This technology provides injured workers with a new level of independence, often reducing the need for an in-home aide, and ultimately increasing their quality of life. 

Learn more about these and other educational sessions scheduled during WCI 2021.  

For more information about One Call’s PT solution, email VP of Physical Therapy Michelle Despres at michelle_despres@onecallcm.com. For more information about One Call’s home modification program, email Linda Colsen at linda_colsen@onecallcm.com 

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