Applied Medical Screening Principles: Triaging the Patient w/ Presumed Neuromuscular Dysfunction

CEUs: 16 Continuing Credit Hours

Course Description:

This course will focus on the role of the physical therapist as the first contact practitioner. The emphasis of this course will be placed upon applied medical screening and clinical examination principles for the independently practicing physical therapist. Utilizing evidenced-based examination strategies and a case-based format, discussions will focus upon relevant issues pertaining to the clinical reasoning and decision-making principles involving patients thought to be presenting with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction that will need to be referred to or managed in conjunction with other medical practitioners. Structured laboratory sessions will provide instruction in pertinent assessment techniques as well as an introduction to applied manual therapy techniques for treatment of selected neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction(s).

Course Presenter(s):  Mike Timko, MS, PT, FAAOMPT & Nick Kyle, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT

Target Audience:  Physical Therapists w/ an interest in manual therapy

Pre-Requisites: n/a

Costs:  $400

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation Policy

Ratio of Teacher/Student:  15 students/instructor

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. correctly demonstrate competence in the performance of 2 examination procedures utilized in the clinical examination and medical screening of patients with presumed neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
  2. correctly identify 2 indications and 2 contraindications for mechanical evaluation and treatment of the patients with presumed neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
  3. accurately list 2 indications for Independent PT Management vs. Referral and/or Consultation.
  4. correctly identify 2 ways that psychological factors may impact the management of the patient with neuromuscular dysfunction.
  5. correctly explain the difference between nocioceptive sensitization and central sensitization and how this difference may influence the management of patients with neuromuscular dysfunction
  6. correctly demonstrate the ability to apply the A;1-6 clinical decision-making principles to new patient evaluations.

Course Outline:

Day 1:
I. The Clinical Decision-Making Process
II. Proposed Clinical Assessment Format: A:1-6
III. Medical Screening: Visceral Organ Considerations
IV. Medical Screening: The Neurological System

Day 2:
I. Medical Screening: Cardiovascular System
II. Medical Screening: Headache
III. Medical Screening: Fractures and Destructive Lesions
IV. Overview of Modern Pain Science


Mar 09 - 10 2019


8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Pivot Physical Therapy
Germantown, MD
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