31.21 - Current Concepts, 5th Ed - The Upper Quadrant

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Course Description

The authors of each monograph in this 5th edition have provided a comprehensive, contemporary evidence-based review. The first monograph describes the multifaceted process of clinical reasoning and utilization of evidence in physical therapy practice. Each of the remaining monographs covers a major joint/region of the body of the upper quadrant. Each monograph starts with a review of clinically relevant anatomy and biomechanics followed by a presentation of the most evidence-based historical and physical examination procedures helpful in formulating a diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care. This is followed by a discussion of common musculoskeletal conditions and their related optimal intervention strategies, again based on available evidence, supplemented by clinical expertise when evidence is lacking. Finally, at the end of each monograph, case scenarios are presented to invite clinical reasoning and the integration of the presented material. This collection of monographs, written by well-established expert clinicians, represents a unique and valuable source of information for physical therapists working with patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

Course Overview

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

Contact Hours: 56 contact hours

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Current Concepts, 5th Ed - The Upper Quadrant

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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