Introduction

14 Contact Hours

Description: Occupational and Physical Therapists and assistants must understand the general healing mechanisms of specific tissues to make sound clinical recommendations, develop a progression of rehabilitation exercises, and readily identify problems associated with immobilization, surgery, or injury. This entry-level course for occupational and physical therapists and assistants first looks at the composition and function of connective tissue, then offers a comprehensive review of ligament healing, bone healing, cartilage healing, muscle and tendon injuries, and neurovasular healing.

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, OT, COTA

Skill Level: Entry Level

Contact Hours: 14

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. Outline components of connective tissue.

2. For each type of tissue, define and discuss the inflammatory response to injury.

3. Identify the five cardinal signs of infl ammation.

4. Identify and discuss practical clinical applications of stress deprivation and protected motion during phases of ligament healing.

5. Identify and describe the phases of bone healing.

6. Define osteoblasts, osteoclasts, and osteocytes.

7. Define three complications of bone healing.

8. Discuss clinical applications of rehabilitation techniques used during bone healing.

9. Identify common causes of injury to articular cartilage.

10. Identify and discuss common mechanisms of injury to fibrocartilage.

11. Describe the two main types of muscle fibers.

12. Describe the three mechanisms for a muscle injury.

13. Discuss clinical applications of therapeutic interventions based on the stages of connective tissue healing.

14. Discuss the vascular supply to nerve tissue.

15. Identify the causes and classification of nerve injury.

16. Recognize risk factors of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary emboli.

Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

Introduction

2. Course Objectives - Orthopedic Fundamentals: A Comprehensive Review of Tissue Healing

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3. Coursework - Orthopedic Fundamentals: A Comprehensive Review of Tissue Healing

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4. Course Final and Survey

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion