31.2 - Current Concepts of Physical Therapy, 5th Edition

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Course Description

In this 5th edition, each monograph offers a comprehensive, evidence-based review. The first monograph explores clinical reasoning and evidence usage in physical therapy. Following are 11 monographs, each focusing on a major body joint/region, from cervical spine to foot and ankle. They begin with anatomy and biomechanics, proceed with evidence-backed examination procedures for diagnosis and prognosis, and delve into musculoskeletal conditions and intervention strategies. Case scenarios prompt clinical reasoning and material integration. Authored by seasoned clinicians, this collection is a valuable resource for physical therapists treating musculoskeletal conditions.

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Course Overview

Course Format: Online with an option to purchase the print version

Contact Hours: 96 contact hours

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Course Objectives

  • Understand different types of clinical-reasoning strategies used during physical therapy management of individuals with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Conduct a thorough history/interview and perform a physical examination using evidence-based tests and measures for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Interpret the results of a musculoskeletal examination to develop an optimal plan of care.
  • Detect red and yellow flags and understand their clinical implications.
  • Apply research evidence to clinical decision-making related to the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Integrate knowledge of biological pain mechanisms (nociceptive, nociplastic [non-nociceptive], and neuropathic) as it relates to the physical therapy evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Understand how psychosocial factors can influence the pain experience in the context of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Discuss the importance of the therapeutic alliance and strategies to incorporate this alliance into clinical practice.
  • Integrate common self-report and performance-based outcome measures as part of the assessment process.
  • Discuss the relative role of diagnostic imaging and the clinical implications of positive/negative findings.

Topics and Authors

  • Integration and Application of the Scientific Method, Evidence-based Practice, and Clinical Reasoning
    Sean P. Riley, PT, DPT, ScD
  • The Cervical Spine: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Eric K. Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Mary K Derrick, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • The Temporomandibular Joint: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Sally Ho, PT, DPT, MS, OCS; Kai-Yu Ho, PT, MSPT, PhD
  • The Thoracic Spine & Rib Cage: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Scott Burns, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Michael O’Hara, PT, DPT, OCS; William Egan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • The Shoulder: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Amee L. Seitz, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS; Heather Christain, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS; Adam Lutz, PT, DPT, PhD; Ellen Shanley, PT, PhD, OCS
  • The Elbow: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Mark Dutton, PT
  • The Wrist & Hand: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management 
    Mia Erickson, PT, EdD, CHT, ATC; Carol Waggy, PT, PhD, CHT
  • The Lumbar Spine: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Max Jordan, PT, DPT, PhD
  • The Pelvic Girdle: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Kathleen Chizewski Caulfield, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Leanna Blanchard, PT, DPT, CLT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Michael O’Hearn, PT, MHS, OCS, FAAOMPT; Carol A. Courtney, PT, PhD, ATC, FAAOMPT
  • The Hip: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Keelan Enseki, PT, MS, OCS, SCS; Dave Kohlrieser, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS; Allison Burfield, PT, DPT, OCS
  • The Knee: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Wm Gregory Seymour, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Scott Fenstermacher, PT, DPT, GCS, OCS; Jerry Smith, PT, DPT, OCS; Scott Dickenson, PT, DPT, SCS; Patrick Carter, PT, DPT; Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
  • The Foot and Ankle: Evidence-Informed Physical Therapy Patient Management
    Lindsay A. Carroll, PT, DPT, OMPT; Stephen Paulseth, PT, MS, DPT, ATC; John J. Fraser, PT, DPT, PhD; RobRoy L. Martin, PT, PhD, CSCS