This course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill level in the evidence-based management of individuals with upper extremity disorders and dysfunction. This lab intensive course focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management of these individuals. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice. Participants will receive hands-on demonstration and practice of both examination and selected interventions of upper extremity.
An interactive and media-rich online pre-course is provided to participants 30 days in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend. The online pre-course provides an evidence-based overview of the management of upper extremity disorders using a series of web-based video presentations, key evidence summaries and primary research articles. The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of selected examination and manipulative techniques for the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand regions. A heavy focus is placed on the skill development and proficient use of hold-relax, mobilization, and manipulation interventions for these regions. An online post-test and on-site skill assessment are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test, skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day.
EIM Program Applicability: Discount on your DPT
Appropriate dress: Lab session attire
Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:
- Identify and perform key elements of an upper extremity subjective and objective clinical examination, with particular emphasis on a cervical and thoracic spine screening exam and upper extremity active and passive motion testing with overpressure and special tests.
- Synthesize and analyze data from the upper quarter clinical examination based on signs and symptoms, diagnostic clusters, and treatment-based classifications.
- Determine a diagnosis and/or impairments and use sound clinical reasoning and current best evidence to guide patient/client management.
- Engage in the diagnostic process to establish differential diagnoses across systems & across the life span.
- Utilize a consistent clinical process to effectively screen for systemic disease and non-musculoskeletal pathology in patients with upper quarter pain.
- Justify the selection of manual therapy techniques or integrated exercise using clinical reasoning and application of current best evidence.
- Perform selected manipulation and mobilization techniques in patients with upper quarter pain or dysfunction.
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