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 the screening of buttocks, hip, groin, thigh, leg, chest, breast, ribs, shoulder and upper extremity.
At the end of this course the professional will be able to
- Differentiate between systemic and neuromusculoskeletal causes of buttock pain, hip pain, groin pain and anterior thigh pain.
- Differentiate between symptoms of vascular claudication, neurogenic claudication, peripheral neuropathy, and restless leg syndrome.
- Recognize clinical signs and symptoms of a stress reaction and stress fracture.
- Identify discogenic and nondiscogenic causes of sciatica.
- Identify musculoskeletal or neuromuscular and systemically induced risk factors for sciatica.
- Identify clinical signs and symptoms of sciatica/sciatic radiculopathy and sciatic neuropathy.
- Recognize 6 causes of psoas abscesses.
- Recognize clinical signs and symptoms of psoas abscesses.
- Differentiate between clinical signs and symptoms of osteonecrosis and hip hemarthrosis.
- Differentiate between systemic and neuromusculoskeletal causes of chest pain.
- Identify clinical signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest.
- Recognize clinical signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders.
- List clinical signs and symptoms of breast pathology.
- Define mastodynia.
- Differentiate between systemic and neuromusculoskeletal causes of breast pain.
- Identify 7 factors associated with breast cancer.
- Recognize clinical signs and symptoms of metastasized breast cancer and anabolic steroid use.
- Differentiate between systemic and musculoskeletal causes of rib pain.
- Identify clinical signs and symptoms of dorsal nerve root irritation.
- Identify 8 risk factors for TB.
- Recognize systemic causes of shoulder pain.
- Recognize associated signs and symptoms of shoulder pain
- Identify clinical signs and symptoms and three stages of CRPS.
- Differentiate between bacterial endocarditis, pericarditis and aortic aneurysms.
- Recognize how to screen for pulmonary and cardiac causes of shoulder pain.
- Identify infectious causes of shoulder pain including osteomyelitis and mononucleosis.
- Recognize how to screen for gastrointestinal, liver and biliary causes of shoulder pain.
- Differentiate between oncologic causes of shoulder pain including primary bone neoplasms, pulmonary neoplasms, Pancoast’s tumors, and breast cancer.
- Identify 5 risk factors for an ectopic pregnancy.
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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