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Management of Cervical & Thoracic Disorders

8/11/2018 to 8/12/2018
When: August 11-12, 2018
Where: ATI Physical Therapy
Bollingbrook, Illinois  60440
United States
Presenter: Sponsor: Evidence in Motion
Contact: Evidence in Motion

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Management of Cervical & Thoracic Disorders

Course Description: EIM’s Management of Cervical & Thoracic Disorders course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill level in the evidence-based management of individuals with cervical-thoracic spine and ribcage 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 cervical and thoracic spine. 


Approach: This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants 30 days in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend. The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the management of cervical and thoracic spine 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 upper thorax and neck regions. A heavy focus is placed on the skill development and proficient use of hold-relax, mobilization, and manipulation interventions for these regions. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 16:1. An online post-test and on-site skill assessments 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. 


Speaker:  Guillermo Cutrone, PT, DSC, OCS, FAAOMPT



Course Objectives:

Course participants upon completion will be able to:

  • Identify and perform key elements of the cervical and thoracic spine subjective and objective clinical examination, with particular emphasis on active and passive motion testing.
  • Synthesize and analyze data from the cervical and thoracic spine clinical examination based on signs and symptoms and treatment-based classification.
  • Determine a diagnosis and/or impairments and use sound clinical reasoning and treatment-based classifications to guide patient/client management.
  • Engage in the diagnostic process to establish differential diagnosis across system and across the life span.
  • Utilize a consistent clinical process to effectively screen for systematic disease and non-musculoskeletal pathology in patients with cervical and thoracic pain.
  • Justify the selection of manual therapy techniques or integrated exercise using clinical reasoning and application of current best evidence.
  • Perform selected cervical and thoracic manipulation and mobilization techniques in patients with neck or upper back pain or dysfunction.
  • Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!


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Program Content Area: Orthopaedic
Course Type: Traditional
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Intended Audience: PTs, PTAs,
CE Contact Hours: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions
Course Approval: IDFPR License Number: 216.000279

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