As the profession of Physical Therapy has progressed, the importance of differential diagnosis and medical screening has increased, especially with the mandate of autonomous practice. This seminar will give the clinician the ability to screen the multiple body organ systems for diseases and syndromes that are not of musculoskeletal origin. The seminar further addresses effective mechanisms that result in client referrals to appropriate health care practitioners. Through lectures and case studies, the therapist will be able to determine the best course of action with a patient utilizing the best available assessment tools and measures and evidence-based practice to determine diagnosis, need for referral, or method of treatment.
This seminar-on-demand is 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
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- Screening the Neck and Back
- Cervical Spine History
- Neck Disability Index
- The Patient-Specific Functional Scale- (PSFS)
- Cervical Pain
- Clinical Signs and Symptoms: Upper Cervical Ligamentous Instability
- Cervical symptoms: Red Flags
- Cervical Examination
- ROM testing
- Cervical Clearing Test
- Cervical Rotation
- Cervical Distraction Test
- ULTT – Median
- Cluster for Cervical Radiculopathy
- Thoracic Spine
- Thoracic Spine History
- Neck Disability Index (NDI)
- Oswestry Disability Index (ODI)
- Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS)
- Patient Specific Functional Scale (PSFS)
- Thoracic Spine Examination
- Kern’s sign
- Thoracic Spine Tests
- Thoracic Clearing Test
- Forward Bend Test
- Passive Neck Flexion Test
- Thoracic Compression Test
- Thoracic Distraction Test
- Thoracic Foraminal Closure Test
- Thoracic Spine Red Flags
- Low Back Pain
- Diagnostic Interview
- Lumbar History
- Oswestry Disability Index
- Back Pain Functional Scale
- Lumbar Spine Examination
- SLR Modifications
- AROM of Lumbar Spine
- Clearing Lumbar Spine
- Other Lumbar Tests
- Lumbar instability
- Prone segmental instability test
- Muscle tightness
- Ober test
- Thomas test
- Passive Lumbar Extension Test – (PLE)
- Clinical Non MSK Presentation
- Case Study
- Screening of Sacrum, Sacroiliac and Pelvis
- Sacrum and SI Joint
- SI Movement Tests
- SI Provocation Tests
- Distraction Test
- Compression Test
- Gaenslen’s Test
- Sacral Thrust Test
- Thigh Thrust
- Diagnostic Value
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain Pattern
- Red Flags Sacral Pain
- Questions for Sacral Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Red Flags Associated with Pelvic Pain or Symptoms
- Questions for Pelvic Pain
- Physician Referral
- Case Study
- Screening of the Lower Quadrant: Buttock, Hip, Groin & Thigh
- Hip Pain Pattern
- Causes of Hip Pain
- Systemic/Medical Conditions
- Lower quadrant history
- Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS)
- Lower Quadrant Examination
- Muscle length tests
- FABER test
- Log roll test
- FADIR Impingement Test
- Scour Test
- Sign of the Buttock
- Characteristic Hip Symptoms
- Causes of Groin Pain
- Causes of Thigh Pain
- Referred Lower Quadrant Pain Pattern
- Symptoms and Differentiation of Leg Pain
- Trauma as a Cause of Hip, Groin, or Lower Quadrant Pain
- Clinical Signs and Symptoms: Stress Reaction/Stress Fracture
- Causes of Sciatica
- Guidelines for Immediate Medical Attention
- Guidelines for Physician Referral
- Case Study
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on screening the multiple body organ systems for diseases and syndromes.
- Recognize how to apply the principles of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) as it relates to clinical decision making in primary care physical therapy by applying optimal diagnostic standards to the clinical decision making process.
- Recognize and utilize questions during the examination/re-examination and intervention phases of treatment to facilitate making an accurate differential diagnosis.
- Distinguish between the presentation of clinical signs and symptoms associated with selected medical diagnoses to facilitate making a differential diagnosis.
- Identify available medical information as a basis for making appropriate referrals to physicians, certified clinical specialists, or other health care professionals.
- Recognize client signs and symptoms that require immediate and/or emergency medical attention and make appropriate referrals.
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Contact Hours: 3
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, and Occupational Therapist Assistant
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Seminar-on-demand
The course materials for this webinar are available in our online format.
Financial –Suzanne Tinsley is employed by Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Financial –Marie Vazquez Morgan is employed at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact Anne Osborn by email Anne@HomeCEU or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.