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Decoding Dysfunction: A Practical Approach to Difficult Diagnoses
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Decoding Dysfunction: A Practical and Functional Approach to Difficult Diagnoses

4/20/2018 to 4/21/2018
When: April 20-21, 2018
Where: Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center
1501 S. Neil Street
Urbana, Illinois  61820
United States
Presenter: Sponsor: Creative Research Education and Training
Contact: Anita Davidson

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Decoding Dysfunction: A Practical and Functional Approach to Difficult Diagnoses

Course Description: Decoding Dysfunction emphasizes an evidence-based approach to evaluation and treatment of common orthopedic conditions related to core weakness and the resultant breakdown of the kinetic chain. This breakdown frequently contributes to a partial recovery of our patients experiencing foot, knee, back and shoulder pathologies that can result in the outcome of 80% improvement. The question is how to capture that residual 20% from the point of evaluation. Anita Davidson PT, DPT will present a practical, biomechanical approach to restoring pain free function. By balancing mobility with stability throughout the kinetic chain, we can achieve core competency and successful outcomes in hard to resolve cases. The participant will come away with easy-to-use assessment skills, treatment plans, manual techniques, and specific tri-plane exercises which can immediately be incorporated into any clinical repertoire. This dynamic, lab based course will challenge current views of “difficult” patient cases and how to treat them. In this practical course, the participant will gain an expanded view of evaluating and treating using a cause and effect methodology.


Speaker: Anita Davidson, PT, DPT


Course Objectives:

Course participants upon completion will be able to:

  • Identify 5 anatomical and bio-mechanical cross relationships which limit success in difficult cases 
  • Explain the limitations of traditional exercises and protocols 
  • List and understand the functional chain reaction of gait, and identify four assessment clues to core incompetence and psoas dysfunction 
  • Describe the role of the psoas as it relates to pain, dysfunction, and core competence 
  • Redefine and refine patient evaluation and treatment skills using a biomechanical foot-to-head approach
  • Develop 5 new treatment techniques to increase expertise in functional retraining and treatment
  • Expand effectiveness of patient education by describing 4 pathways that lead to the breakdown of the kinetic chain 
  • Identify 5 root causes and corrections for common orthopedic conditions 
  • Explain the functional relationship between the foot, knee, hip and shoulder


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Program Content Area: Orthopedics
Course Type: Classroom
Instructional Level: Basic
Intended Audience: PT, PTA, 
CE Contact Hours: 16
Course Approval: IPTA Approval #595-7102

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