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Course Description

This is a two day, 15 contact hour course, involving both lecture and lab instruction.  This course is open only to licensed physical therapists. This course will cover the theory, evidence, and application of manual therapy procedures for patients with musculoskeletal disorders involving the lower extremity including the hip, knee and foot/ankle.  This course provides evidence-informed instruction on differential diagnosis, examination and management of patients with lower extremity conditions. Manual therapy techniques, including thrust and non-thrust procedures, will be emphasized along with exercise prescription for patient with lower quarter disorders. Clinical decision making involving the application of examination and intervention procedures will be presented.

Course Outline

Day 1

Time

 

Topic/Event

7:30 – 8:00 AM

Registration

8:00 – 8:15

Introduction

8:15-9:00

Differential Diagnosis and Screening of the Lower Quarter

  • Lumbar spine vs. Hip
  • Referral from proximal regions
  • Medical diagnoses associated with the lower quarter.
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9:00-10:45

Hip Examination

  • Ruling out L-spine and SIJ
  • Hip OA cluster
  • Basic physical exam items (i.e. – ROM, strength, flexibility)
  • Manual Physical Therapy Exam (i.e. – joint mobility)
  • Importance of a thorough subjective history
  • Use of outcome measures including medical screening form, Hip specific scales, Lower Extremity Functional Scale, Patient Specific Functional Scale
  • Regional Interdependence
  • Post-operative considerations

11:00-12:00

 

Hip Interventions and Manual Therapy

  • Thrust and non-thrust procedures for hip region
  • Exercise considerations for hip disorders
  • Evidence regarding interventions for hip conditions

12:00-1:00

Lunch 

1:00 -2:00 PM

Hip Interventions

  • Continued from above

2:00-3:00

Knee Examination

  • Knee OA cluster
  • Basic Exam components
  • Ruling out hip
  • Joint mobility assessment
  • Functional Tests
  • Examination of the kinetic chain
  • Regional Interdependence
  • Special Tests and their appropriate usage based on psychometric properties
  • Post operative considerations
  • Importance of a thorough subjective history
  • Use of outcome measures including medical screening form, knee specific scales, Lower Extremity Functional Scale, Patient Specific Functional Scale

 

3:15-5:00

Knee Interventions and Manual Therapy

  • Patellar manual therapy
  • Patellar taping
  • Exercise considerations
  • Post-operative considerations

 

Day 2

Time

 

Topic/Event

8:00 – 9:00

Review of Previous Material

9:00-10:00

Ankle and Foot Examination

  • Basic Exam components
  • Ruling out proximal strutures
  • Joint mobility assessment
  • Functional Tests
  • Examination of the kinetic chain
  • Regional Interdependence
  • Special Tests and their appropriate usage based on psychometric properties
  • Post operative considerations
  • Importance of a thorough subjective history
  • Use of outcome measures including medical screening form, ankle/foot specific scales, Lower Extremity Functional Scale, Patient Specific Functional Scale

10:15-12:00

Ankle/Foot Interventions and Manual Therapy

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12:00-1:00

Lunch 

1:00 -2:30 PM

Lower Quarter Neurodynamic Assessment and Interventions

  • SLR
  • Saphenous
  • Sural
  • Sliders vs. Tensioners
  • Decision making on location, intensity and patient response

2:45-4:30

 Case Assessments focusing on differential diagnosis and clinical decision making

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot and ankle

4:30 -5:00

Review and Course Wrap-up

Learner Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Conduct an accurate differential diagnosis for patients presenting with lower extremity region pain in order to identify serious disorders requiring referral. 
  2. Conduct an efficient and accurate clinical examination for patients with lower extremity region pain.
  3. Utilize the current, best evidence to inform physical therapy management of patients with lower extremity region musculoskeletal disorders.
  4. Perform skilled orthopaedic manual physical therapy interventions, including thrust and non-thrust techniques, targeting the lower extremity region. 
  5. Apply sound clinical decision making within a biopsychosocial model to the management of patients with lower extremity region musculoskeletal disorders. 
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Section Title
Physical Therapy Continuing Education: Patients with Lower Extremity Disorders
Type
Lab
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Nov 16, 2019 to Nov 17, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
16.0
Location
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $350.00 Click here to get more information