Advanced Evidence-Based Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice Series

Advanced Evidence-Based Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice Series
Presented by Gary Austin, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, FAFS

November 17, 2013:  Functional Therapeutic Exercise for the Lower Extremity
December 7 - 8, 2013:  Orthopaedic Manual Examination and Treatment for the Lower Extremity
February 22 - 23, 2014:  Orthopaedic Manual Examination and Treatment for the Lumbopelvic Region
March 22, 2014:  Functional Therapeutic Exercise for the Pelvis, Spine, and Thorax
April 26 - 27, 2014:  Orthopaedic Manual Examination and Treatment for the Cervicothoracic Region
June 28 - 29, 2014:  Orthopaedic Manual Examination and Treatment for the Upper Extremity

Time:  9 AM - 5 PM
Location:  Cambridge Commons, 7 Cambridge Drive, Trumbull, CT
Cost:  $250 for one day workshops, $450 for two day workshops
Instructor:  Gary Austin, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, FAFS 
CEHs:  7 CEHs for 1 day workshops, 14 CEHs for 2 day workshops
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Orthopaedic Manual Examination and Treatment for the Lower Extremity, December 7-8, 2013 

This interactive, hands-on, evidence-based workshop is designed to train physical therapists in the advanced clinical reasoning related to examination, diagnosis, and management of orthopaedic disorders of the lower extremity using an orthopaedic manual therapy and regional interdependence approach. Techniques and information related to examination, differential diagnosis/medical screening, diagnosis, classification, prognosis, and intervention will be presented. Examination topics will address focused history questions and the most useful tests and measures for the lower extremity to facilitate an efficient and well-informed diagnosis and prognosis. Selected interventions will emphasize manual therapy techniques including thrust/non-thrust manipulation, neurodynamic techniques, and soft-tissue mobilization. The most current best evidence supporting of common lower extremity orthopaedic disorders will be presented, including published clinical practice guidelines and diagnostic, interventional, and prognostic clinical decision rules. Participants are understood to be competent in basic physical therapy examination and diagnosis of orthopaedic disorders.

Lunch breaks each day will include presentations of recent and relevant journal articles and review of relevant case reports.

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss relevant evidence supporting screening/differential diagnosis, diagnosis, classification, intervention, and prognosis related to lower extremity orthopaedic disorders.
  2. Perform techniques related to examination, screening/differential diagnosis, diagnosis, classification, and prognosis of lower extremity disorders.
  3. Perform selected manual therapy interventions (thrust/non-thrust manipulation, neurodynamics, soft-tissue mobilization) for the lower extremity.
  4. Discuss relevant evidence related to published clinical practice guidelines and clinical decision rules for the lower extremity.


Orthopaedic Manual Examination and Treatment for the Lumbopelvic Region, February 22-23, 2014 

This interactive, hands-on, evidence-based workshop is designed to train physical therapists in the advanced clinical reasoning related to examination, diagnosis, and management of orthopaedic disorders of the lumbopelvic region using an orthopaedic manual therapy and regional interdependence approach. Techniques and information related to examination, differential diagnosis/medical screening, diagnosis, classification, prognosis, and intervention will be presented. Examination topics will address focused history questions and the most useful tests and measures for the lumbopelvic region to facilitate an efficient and well-informed diagnosis and prognosis. Selected interventions will emphasize manual therapy techniques including thrust/non-thrust manipulation, neurodynamic techniques, and soft-tissue mobilization. The most current best evidence supporting of common lumbopelvic orthopaedic disorders will be presented, including published clinical practice guidelines and diagnostic, interventional, and prognostic clinical decision rules. Participants are understood to be competent in basic physical therapy examination and diagnosis of orthopaedic disorders.

Lunch breaks each day will include presentations of recent and relevant journal articles and review of relevant case reports.

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss relevant evidence supporting screening/differential diagnosis, diagnosis, classification, intervention, and prognosis related to lumbopelvic orthopaedic disorders.
  2. Perform techniques related to examination, screening/differential diagnosis, diagnosis, classification, and prognosis of lumbopelvic disorders.
  3. Perform selected manual therapy interventions (thrust/non-thrust manipulation, neurodynamics, soft-tissue mobilization) for the lumbopelvic region.
  4. Discuss relevant evidence related to published clinical practice guidelines and clinical decision rules for the lumbopelvic region.


Functional Therapeutic Exercise for the Pelvis, Spine & Thorax, March 22, 2014

This one-day course will move beyond basic, fundamental exercise for the pelvis, spine, and thorax. The major purpose of this course is to provide the clinician with a system from which to generate countless number of exercises to meet the patient-specific therapeutic demands and to complement spinal manual therapy techniques. The instructors will utilize an approach that is anatomically and impairment-based, functionally oriented, patient-centered, response-driven, and evidence-based. This approach will focus on movement at the level of the person that is task‐related, goal‐oriented, environmentally germane, and involves the integration of multiple body systems and structures. Included will be a fresh and functional review of axial anatomy, concepts of functional testing and measurement, integration of local and global vertebral muscular systems, principles of progression, and summary of current evidence.


Orthopaedic Manual Examination and Treatment for the Cervicothoracic Region, April 26-27, 2014

This interactive, hands-on, evidence-based workshop is designed to train physical therapists in the advanced clinical reasoning related to examination, diagnosis, and management of orthopaedic disorders of the cervicothoracic spine using an orthopaedic manual therapy and regional interdependence approach. Techniques and information related to examination, differential diagnosis/medical screening, diagnosis, classification, prognosis, and intervention will be presented. Examination topics will address focused history questions and the most useful tests and measures for the cervicothoracic spine to facilitate an efficient and well-informed diagnosis and prognosis. Selected interventions will emphasize manual therapy techniques including thrust/non-thrust manipulation, neurodynamic techniques, and soft-tissue mobilization. The most current best evidence supporting of common cervicothoracic spine orthopaedic disorders will be presented, including published clinical practice guidelines and diagnostic, interventional, and prognostic clinical decision rules. Participants are understood to be competent in basic physical therapy examination and diagnosis of orthopaedic disorders.

Lunch breaks each day will include presentations of recent and relevant journal articles and review of relevant case reports.

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss relevant evidence supporting screening/differential diagnosis, diagnosis, classification, intervention, and prognosis related to cervicothoracic spine orthopaedic disorders.
  2. Perform techniques related to examination, screening/differential diagnosis, diagnosis, classification, and prognosis of cervicothoracic spine disorders.
  3. Perform selected manual therapy interventions (thrust/non-thrust manipulation, neurodynamics, soft-tissue mobilization) for the cervicothoracic spine.
  4. Discuss relevant evidence related to published clinical practice guidelines and clinical decision rules for the cervicothoracic spine.


Orthopaedic Manual Examination and Treatment for the Upper Extremity, June 28-29, 2014

This interactive, hands-on, evidence-based workshop is designed to train physical therapists in the advanced clinical reasoning related to examination, diagnosis, and management of orthopaedic disorders of the upper extremity using an orthopaedic manual therapy and regional interdependence approach. Techniques and information related to examination, differential diagnosis/medical screening, diagnosis, classification, prognosis, and intervention will be presented. Examination topics will address focused history questions and the most useful tests and measures for the upper extremity to facilitate an efficient and well-informed diagnosis and prognosis. Selected interventions will emphasize manual therapy techniques including thrust/non-thrust manipulation, neurodynamic techniques, and soft-tissue mobilization. The most current best evidence supporting of common upper extremity orthopaedic disorders will be presented, including published clinical practice guidelines and diagnostic, interventional, and prognostic clinical decision rules. Participants are understood to be competent in basic physical therapy examination and diagnosis of orthopaedic disorders.

Lunch breaks each day will include presentations of recent and relevant journal articles and review of relevant case reports.

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss relevant evidence supporting screening/differential diagnosis, diagnosis, classification, intervention, and prognosis related to upper extremity orthopaedic disorders.
  2. Perform techniques related to examination, screening/differential diagnosis, diagnosis, classification, and prognosis of upper extremity disorders.
  3. Perform selected manual therapy interventions (thrust/non-thrust manipulation, neurodynamics, soft-tissue mobilization) for the upper extremity.
  4. Discuss relevant evidence related to published clinical practice guidelines and clinical decision rules for the upper extremity.


 Functional Therapeutic Exercise Course Descriptions

Functional Therapeutic Exercise for the Lower Extremity
This one-day course will move beyond basic, fundamental exercise for the hip, knee, ankle, and foot joints. The major purpose of this course is to provide the clinician with a system from which to generate countless number of exercises to meet the patient-specific therapeutic demands and to complement manual therapy techniques. The instructors will utilize an approach that is anatomically and impairment-based, functionally oriented, patient-centered, response-driven, and evidence-based. This approach will focus on movement at the level of the person that is task‐related, goal‐oriented, environmentally germane, and involves the integration of multiple body systems and structures. Included will be a fresh and functional review of lower extremity anatomy, concepts of functional testing and measurement, principles of progression, and summary of current evidence.

Functional Therapeutic Exercise for the Pelvis, Spine, and Thorax
This one-day course will move beyond basic, fundamental exercise for the pelvis, spine, and thorax. The major purpose of this course is to provide the clinician with a system from which to generate countless number of exercises to meet the patient-specific therapeutic demands and to complement spinal manual therapy techniques. The instructors will utilize an approach that is anatomically and impairment-based, functionally oriented, patient-centered, response-driven, and evidence-based. This approach will focus on movement at the level of the person that is task‐related, goal‐oriented, environmentally germane, and involves the integration of multiple body systems and structures. Included will be a fresh and functional review of axial anatomy, concepts of functional testing and measurement, integration of local and global vertebral muscular systems, principles of progression, and summary of current evidence.

Functional Therapeutic Exercise for the Upper Extremity
This one-day course will move beyond basic, fundamental exercise for the shoulder girdle, elbow complex, wrist and hand. The major purpose of this course is to provide the clinician with a system from which to generate countless number of exercises to meet the patient-specific therapeutic demands and to complement manual therapy techniques. The instructors will utilize an approach that is anatomically and impairment-based, functionally oriented, patient-centered, response-driven, and evidence-based. This approach will focus on movement at the level of the person that is task‐related, goal‐oriented, environmentally germane, and involves the integration of multiple body systems and structures. Included will be a fresh and functional review of upper extremity anatomy, concepts of functional testing and measurement, application to throwing and swinging sports, principles of progression, and summary of current evidence.