Following the standards for competency established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) related to conducting a screening examination, “Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists” gives you a consistent way to screen for systemic diseases and medical conditions that can mimic neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems. This comprehensive text centers on a 5-step screening model that covers past medical history, risk factor assessment, clinical presentation, associated signs and symptoms, and review of symptoms for each client.
|Contact Hours: 10||
Text Course Format: Text
|Target Audience: ATC/LAT, OT/COTA, PT/PTA|
|Instructional Level: Beginner||BOC Level of Difficulty: Essential|
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Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study on an introduction to the screening process.
At the end of this course the professional will be able to
- Differentiate between yellow and red flags and identify red flags for past medical histories, risk factors, clinical presentations, and associated signs and symptoms.
- Identify the physical therapist’s role in disease prevention including primary, secondary, tertiary preventions and health promotion and wellness.
- List the 5 elements of patient/client management.
- Identify 4 attributes of autonomous practice.
- Differentiate between signs and symptoms.
- Identify 10 guidelines for immediate medical attention.
- Identify guidelines for physician referral including general systemic, cardiac, cancer, pulmonary, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal areas.
- Identify 12 precautions/contraindications to therapy.
- Recognize multisegmental innervation and direct pressure and shared pathways of the visceral system.
- Identify and differentiate between characteristics of pain, location of pain, description of pain, intensity of pain, frequency and duration of pain and patterns of pain.
- Identify and differentiate between systemic versus musculoskeletal pain patterns including characteristics of onset, description, intensity, duration, patterns, aggravating and relieving factors and associated signs and symptoms.
- Differentiate between somatic-somatic, somato-visceral, viscero-somatic, and viscero-viscero reflexes.
- Differentiate between central and peripheral causes of neuropathic pain.
- Recognize and differentiate between types of pain including myofascial pain, joint pain, radicular pain, gastrointestinal pain, arterial, pleural and tracheal pain, night pain, diffuse pain and chronic pain.
- Identify risk factors for rhabodmyolysis.
- Recognize clinical signs and symptoms of infectious arthritis.
- Identify physical conditions commonly associated with depression.
- Identify 3 screening tools for emotional overlay.
- Recognize Waddell’s nonorganic signs and behavioral symptoms.
- Identify clinical signs and symptoms of conversion.
- Define AMPLE.
- Identify clinical signs and symptoms of malnutrition.
- Differentiate between the Karnofsky Performance Scale and ECOG Performance Status Scale.
- Identify grading scale for pulse strength.
- List 8 signs of pulse abnormalities.
- List 15 tips on palpating pulses.
- Recognize how to classify systolic and diastolic blood pressure for adults and children.
- Recognize how to assess blood pressure, variations in blood pressure and blood pressure changes with exercise.
- Differentiate between hypertension, hypotension, and postural orthostatic hypotension.
- Identify clinical signs and symptoms of dehydration.
- Identify clinical signs and symptoms of shock.
- Recognize principles for examining a skin lesion or mass.
- List 4 stages and their characteristics used to classify pressure ulcers.
- Recognize how to check for skin turgor and identify a positive sign for decreased turgor.
- Differentiate between common skin lesions including vitiligo, café-au-lait, skin rash, hemorrhagic rash, dermatitis, rosacea, thrombocytopenia, xanthomas, rheumatologic diseases, steroid skin, and erthema chronicum migrans.
- Recognize characteristics of Kaposi’s Sarcoma.
- Differentiate between nail bed changes including onycholysis, koilonychia, Beau’s lines, splinter hemorrhages, leukonychia, paronychia, clubbing and nail patella syndrome.
- Differentiate between regional screening examinations for the head and neck, upper and lower extremities, chest and back, and abdomen.
Contact Hours: 10
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Athletic Trainers.
Instructional Level: Beginner
BOC Level of Difficulty: Essential
Course Type: Text
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