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Continuing Education

As part of our program’s goal to educate and create lifelong learners, DeSales University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is pleased to present our continuing education series! Each semester, the DPT program will offer several continuing education offerings for area physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to earn continuing education credits.

As a CAPTE approved provider for physical therapy education, DeSales DPT program is an approved continuing education provider by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy.

DPT continuing education courses

  • Orthopedic Concepts for the Neurologic Physical Therapist

    DATE / TIME: Saturday, September 11th, 2021, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

    LOCATION: DeSales University, Chappuis Hall

    Stephen Kareha, PT, DPT, ATC, PhD, OCS, CMP, CSCS

    Ethan Hood, PT, DPT, MBA, GCS, NCS

    Patients with neurologic pathology can demonstrate numerous impairments such as weakness, range of motion loss, contracture, imbalance, and lack of mobility. The ability to address impairment may require focus on the orthopedic aspect of movement in addition to well-known treatments within neurologic physical therapy. It can be hypothesized that in order to become an outstanding neurologic physical therapist, one must have a solid foundation within the orthopedic principles of movement. In addressing the movement system, therapists should address impairments across all body systems that assist with movement. This course will frame neurologic pathology within the movement system framework and how orthopedic examination and treatment can improve impairment due to neurologic pathology and improve patient outcomes. A complex stroke case with numerous orthopedic impairments will be utilized throughout to frame the course. There will be ample lab time practicing orthopedic assessment and treatment with discussion regarding the neurologic context of the case. This course is a must for any therapist (PT and PTA) treating patients with neurologic diagnoses across all care settings.

    Contact Hours: 8 total contact hours with 4-hours direct access

    DeSales' DPT Program is an approved provider of continuing education programs by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy

    Application has been submitted to the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 8 contact hours' education

    By the end the this course you will:

    • Appreciate orthopedic manual therapy's utility in the treatment of complex neurologic clients
    • Demonstrate manual therapy techniques of the spine and extremities to improve motion and reduce pain
    • Differentiate when to use the most appropriate manual techniques
    • Appreciate the Movement System differential diagnosis and intervention framework
    • Identify evidence-based treatment to improve functional mobility in the neuro population
    • Design a treatment program including evidence-based manual therapy techniques

    Course Schedule:
    8:00-815 am- Overview of patient case

    • Review the main patient case thread throughout the day

    8:15-9:45- Movement System Overview

    • Define the Movement System
    • Review components of the Movement System screen
    • Address the Movement System impairments related to the case
    • Introduce the Movement System differential diagnosis framework

    9:45-10:00- Break

    10:00-11:15- PT examination including orthopedic exam and screen Lab

    • Review upper quarter screen and testing

    11:15-11:45- When to refer out

    • Review yellow and red flags

    11:45-12:15- Diagnostic Testing and STarT back screen

    • Review classification decision-making algorithm

    12:15- 1:15 pm LUNCH (on your own)

    1:15- 3:00 Upper quarter physical exam and diagnosis Lab

    • Overview of centralization testing, instability, and Vertebral mobility testing
    • Discuss the STAR-shoulder algorithm
    • Review the movement system impairments related to the case
    • Classify case's problem list requiring intervention

    3:00-3:15 BREAK

    3:15-4:30 Cervical and Thoracic Spine mobilizations and Interventions Lab

    • Non-thrust cervical and thoracic spine mobilization techniques

    4:30-5:00 Shoulder Interventions Lab

    • Shoulder stability and strengthening interventions

    5:00-5:30 Course wrap up, review, and question and answer period

    • Review of course objectives and plan to implement in practice

    ** Course will be limited to 30 participants to allow a proper learning environment and ability to interact with the presenter

    Cost: $250

    Discount of $100 for all DeSales alumni and past DeSales DPT clinical instructors.

    Register and pay online