About two-thirds of vertebral compression fractures are never diagnosed as many patients and families believe that back pain is just an inevitable sign of aging and arthritis. Vertebral compression fractures can permanently alter the strength and shape of the spine, resulting in lost height because the spine is shorter or a stooped posture. Even more alarming, if left untreated, these fractures can cause depression from living in constant pain, increased lung and breathing problems and even early death.
This course outlines recent evidence supporting effective rehab for patients with vertebral compression fractures. After a brief introduction to spinal anatomy and mechanics, healthcare professionals will review the types and frequencies of vertebral compression fractures and subsequent spinal pathomechanics. Treatment approaches for acute injury will be addressed including pain management, mobility training, ADLs, and ambulation. Treatment for post-acute vertebral compression fractures, including posture training, spinal mobilization, strengthening exercises, and advanced mobility will be covered. Treatment protocols for OT and PT will be included as well as patient education materials and exercise handouts.
This Seminar-on-Demand is 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
|Contact Hours: 4||
Video Course Format: Video
|Target Audience: OT/COTA, PT/PTA|
|Instructional Level: Intermediate|
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- Overview of normal spine alignment
- Discussin of normal spine mechanics
- The effects of aging on the spine
- Review of the types of vertebral compression fractures
- Understanding the clinical effects of compression fractures
- The physiology of acute vertebral fractures
- Review of pain management strategies
- A look at transfer training
- Overview of strength exercises in supine
- Discussion of effective strategies for improving posture
- The progression of strengthening exercises
- The progression of functional mobility
- Comprehensive review of the parameters for ADL training
- Comprehensive review of the progression of ADL training
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a study of evidence based rehab for vertebral compression fractures.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Describe spinal mechanics before and after different types of vertebral compression fractures.
- Identify treatment approaches for acute and post-acute vertebral compression fractures.
- Describe how posture is affected by vertebral compression fractures and name effective ways to decrease thoracic kyphosis.
- Identify exercises to address the musculoskeletal deficits typically present with compression fractures.
- Recognize critical parameters for ADL training after vertebral compression fractures.
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: 4
Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapist Assistant.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Seminar-On-Demand
- Financial – Lorie Schleck is employed by Home Care PT and receives a salary. She receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
- Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
- 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.