Introduction

12 Contact Hours

Description: The focus and intent of this course is to provide a sound, practical, and purposeful introduction/refresher to the basic principles of orthopedic management, as well as the therapeutic application of each critical component including: Patient supervision, Flexibility and Stretching, Strength Training, Endurance Training, and Balance and Coordination.

Course Text (required): Fundamental Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapy Assistant, edited by Gary A. Shankman, PTA and Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS - Copyright 2011 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

Audience: PT, PTA

Skill Level: Entry Level to Intermediate

Contact Hours: 12

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from "Fundamental Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapy Assistant," edited by Gary A. Shankman, PTA and Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS - Copyright 2011 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Identify and discuss the rationale for clear and concise communication among all members of the rehabilitation team.

2. Discuss the skills necessary to provide patient supervision.

3. Apply proactive listening skills and objective scales of measurement to provide appropriate, accountable, and responsible observation and supervision of the patient during treatment.

4. Discuss the four categories of behavior of the physical therapist: dominance, submission, hostility, and warmth.

5. Describe viscoelasticity and the properties associated with collagen.

6. Discuss Golgi tendon organs (GTOs) and muscle spindles.

7. Discuss how temperature affects connective tissue.

8. Identify and describe various stretching techniques.

9. Explain how stretching might negatively impact activity performance.

10. Name the noncontractile and contractile elements of muscle tissue.

11. List methods used to measure strength.

12. Identify clinical features of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

13. Identify goals and applications of strength training programs for the elderly.

14. Recognize the differences between muscular and cardiovascular endurance.

15. Describe benefits associated with cardiovascular fitness training. 

16. Describe the role of aerobic exercise for patients with an orthopedic injury.

17. Discuss the mechanoreceptor system and define four mechanoreceptors.

18. Discuss several factors that contribute to balance dysfunction.

19. Identify functional closed kinetic chain proprioceptive exercises.

20. Discuss the rationale for proprioceptive training for the upper extremity.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - The Orthopedic Refresher: Basic Concepts of Orthopedic Management

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3. Coursework - The Orthopedic Refresher: Basic Concepts of Orthopedic Management

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4. Course Final and Survey - The Orthopedic Refresher: Basic Concepts of Orthopedic Management

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion