Geriatric Fractures and Joint Replacements, a Physical Therapy Continuing Medical Education Class Presented by North American Seminars, Addresses a Current Rehab Issue

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Today’s seniors (the 65 and over population) continue to maintain an active lifestyle and they are being diagnosed with multiple orthopedic injuries and movement dysfunctions. Many seniors are requiring a sports medicine approach to rehabilitation so they can effectively return to their activities. Are we delivering a safe pathway for them to reach their functional goals?

Physical therapy continuing education courses

Physical therapy continuing education courses

Why do some patients receive a total hip replacement following a hip fracture while others receive various open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries?

The purpose of this two day intermediate level PT continuing education seminar is to develop efficient and effective rehabilitation programs for common lower extremity geriatric dysfunction utilizing the best available evidence in conjunction with sound application of kinetic chain movement analysis. This will allow the participant to problem solve both simple and complex movement dysfunction and design and progress conservative and post-operative rehabilitation programs.

Regardless of rehabilitation setting, pelvis, hip and knee fractures, joint replacements and osteoarthritis are now making up a significant portion of a therapist’s case load. Some significant questions can arise such as: What factors determine the choice of orthopedic procedures, prosthetic design, and fixation choices? Why do some patients receive a total hip replacement following a hip fracture while others receive various open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries? Why does weight bearing status of the patients differ? Answers to questions like these will be provided. An extensive look at underlying pathology, specific diagnoses including intracapsular versus extracapsular femoral neck fractures will be investigated. Post-surgical complications, solutions and outcomes will also be presented. The physiology and principles of orthopedic healing will be studied and applied for rehabilitation program design.

A hands-on manual therapy approach utilizing joint mobilization, neuro-muscular facilitation and movement re-education will be covered and practiced in labs. Specific focus will be on how to integrate the core when facilitating lower extremity function. Motor control, specific movement analysis of gait mechanics, bridge mechanics, and squatting will also be thoroughly covered and corrected.

This intermediate level PT CME course combines lecture and extensive lab time designed for participants to practice motor skills covered in lecture that will immediately enhance a clinicians ability to treat this population. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapy Assistants working in acute care, inpatient and outpatient settings, rehab facilities in addition to sport medicine centers will benefit from the material presented.

This continuing medical education course is applicable for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.

This evidence based Physical therapy continuing education course will be presented:

February 23-24, 2013 at San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, California
March 16-17, 2013 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon
March 23-24, 2013 at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California
April 20-21, 2013 at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin
May 18-19, 2013 at UHS Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada
August 24-25, 2013 at Vital Rehabilitation in Chicago, Illinois

North American Seminars Inc, Live continuing education course are supported by online physical therapy continuing education courses. For more information visit

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