Course Objectives for PT/PTA/OT/OTA
This course will give the PT/OT/PTA/COTA a better understanding of commonly used surgical and non-surgical techniques common disorders of the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar). Commonly used OT/PT treatments will be discussed as will bracing, medical management, TFESI's, Nerve Stimulators, TENS, Kyphplasties, discectomies, TLIF, PLIF, XLIF, lumbar, cervical fusions, stem cell therapy to name a few. Understanding the natural treatent progression of ones patient suffering from spinal disorders will allow the PT/OT to be more specific and more effective when designing the PT/OT Plan of Care and give the PT/OT/PTA/COTA a great understanding of the treatment plan proposed by the evaluating therapist.
Having this understanding will allow the clinician to reintroduce functional activities faster to help return the patient to reach their prior level of function faster and more safely.
Furthermore, understanding the rationale behind different treatment approaches prescribed by the ordering physician, will allow the PT/OT/PTA/COTA to better progress the patient towards their goal and allow the treating therapist to better understand when to refer the patient back to the referring physican to allow for more effective and more efficient health care provided to the patient.
After this course, the attendee will:
* Have reviewed functional anatomy pertaining to spinal disorders
* Understand the treatment philosophy for common spinal disorders including spinal stenosis, DDD, DJD, Vertebral compression fractures to name a few
* Understand commonly employed surgical techniques and their functional implications for the patients (spinal fusions, ACDF, TLIF, PLIF, ALIF, XLIF, Kyphoplasties, etc.)
* Have a better awareness of less invasive options for pts suffering from spinal pain: (n)SAID's, TFESI, Facet blocks, Traction, Rhizotomies, Stem Cell, Nerve Ablations)
* Have a good understanding of clinical precautions typically prescribed to patients undergoing aforementioned procedures