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Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

ISC 26.2

Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Paul F. Beattie, Scott Burns, Nicole Christensen, Todd S. Ellenbecker, Mia Erickson, Sally Ho, Jeff Houck, Richard Jackson, Tara Jo Manal, Michael McGalliard, Michael B. Miller, Chris A. Sebelski

12-Monograph Courses | 96 contact hours

Course Description

This 4th edition work presents a thorough review of anatomy and biomechanics of each body region, application of specific tests and measurements, musculoskeletal pathology, and effective treatment strategies. Our previously used authors continue to share evidence-based techniques in orthopaedic physical therapy evaluation, assessment, and intervention. The first monograph describes the multifaceted process of clinical reasoning and utilization of evidence-based practice physical therapy management. The remaining monographs each cover a major joint region of the body, from the cervical spine and temporomandibular joint to the foot and ankle. Each monograph concludes with case scenarios that require clinical problem solving and allows readers to compare their answers with the experts’ rationale. Take advantage of this convenient and challenging opportunity to enhance your background and sharpen your reasoning skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Define clinical reasoning as presented in the contemporary research literature and explain how clinical reasoning is a necessary tool in the application of evidence to practice.
  2. Describe the clinically relevant anatomy, biomechanics, and pathomechanics of each region of the body.
  3. Understand the pathology, diagnosis, and intervention for common dysfunctions, disorders, injuries, and lesions of each body region
  4. Discuss differential diagnosis and medical screening in physical therapy including the presence of red or yellow flags and indications for referral to another health care provider.
  5. Understand the medical diagnosis and the associated physical therapy diagnosis related to trauma and degenerative pathologies, as well as those following surgical intervention.
  6. Identify and describe impairments and functional losses as a consequence of pathology.
  7. Be able to choose appropriate evidence-based therapeutic interventions for rehabilitation based on findings from self-report measures and the examination process.
  8. Understand the role of clinical prediction rules and classification-based treatment strategies.
  9. Understand the risks and benefits associated with physical therapy interventions directed at specific areas of the body.
  10. Critique rehabilitation progressions, prognosis, and outcomes for selected common pathologies for each area of the body.
  11. Discuss the indications and contraindications for joint mobilization techniques.
  12. Assess progressive treatment programs for each joint or body region.
  13. Discuss the relationship between impairment findings, functional limitations, and disabilities in guiding treatment interventions.
  14. Describe autonomous physical therapy practice and its role in patient management utilizing current evidence.
  15. Correctly answer and explain rationale for all questions presented within the case scenarios for each body region.

Topics and Authors

  • Clinical Reasoning and Evidence-based Practice—Nicole Christensen, PT, PhD, MAppSc; Benjamin Boyd, PT, DPTSc, OCS; Jason Tonley, PT, DPT, OCS
  • The Cervical Spine: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence—Michael B. Miller, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CCI
  • The Thoracic Spine: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence— Scott Burns, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; William Egan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • The Shoulder: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence—Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS; Robert C. Manske, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS; Marty Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS
  • The Elbow: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence—Chris A. Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS
  • The Wrist and Hand: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence —Mia Erickson, PT, EdD, CHT, ATC; Carol Waggy, PT, P hD, CHT; Elaine F. Barch, PT, DPT, CHT
  • The Lumbar Spine: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence—Paul F. Beattie, PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA
  • The Pelvis and Sacroiliac Joint: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence—Richard Jackson, PT, OCS; Kris Porter, PT, DPT, OCS
  • The Hip: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence— Michael McGalliard, PT, ScD, COMT; Phillip S. Sizer Jr, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • The Knee: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence—Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS; Anna Shovestul Grieder, PT, DPT, OCS; Bryan Kist, PT, DPT, OCS
  • The Foot and Ankle: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence—Jeff Houck, PT, PhD; Christopher Neville, PT, PhD; Ruth Chimenti, PT, PhD
  • The Temporomandibular Joint: Physical Therapy Patient Management Using Current Evidence—Sally Ho, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

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