PT 844 Advanced Clinical Seminar (3)
This course covers topics related to unique physical therapy therapeutic interventions that may be useful for treating patients with a variety of neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions. Emphasis is on the rationale, selection and application of the chosen approaches in managing distinct populations. Advanced clinical topics addressed include the following: Neural Mobilization, Strain-Counterstrain Techniques, Muscle Energy, Mulligan Techniques, Body Mechanics and Ergonomic Instruction, and Advanced Exercise Principles, including Work Hardening/Work Conditioning Programs and Functional Capacity Testing, for patients across the life-span. Students will be required to demonstrate effective understanding of the rationale for technique selection during oral case presentations. Additionally, demonstration of basic proficiency in the application of these techniques is required as students participate in practical exams. Case studies require students to examine the literature and use critical thinking skills so as to provide the evidence based rationale for treatment prescription as well as implementation. Students must then progress and modify treatment according to patient status. Students will also begin preparation for entry- level employment by developing their professional resume as well as well as the national licensure exam.