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North American Seminars introduces the 2013 physical therapy continuing education course, Developing Post Surgical Rehab Programs for the Cervical and Lumbar Spine

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The key to successful post surgical rehabilitation is understanding the mechanism of injury, physiological healing time, mechanical changes and surgical techniques.

This two-day physical therapy continuing education seminar is designed to enhance a therapists fundamental understanding of surgical approaches for the cervical and lumbar spine in order to effectively develop progressive rehabilitation protocols. The key to successful post surgical rehabilitation is understanding the mechanism of injury, physiological healing time, mechanical changes and surgical techniques. This in-depth presentation prepares the medical professional to identify effective rehabilitation procedures for safe therapeutic management in order to achieve positive functional outcomes. A thorough understanding of the outcomes of surgery assists the therapist to develop the most effective rehab program. Emphasis is placed on understanding the neuromuscular effects of specific surgical procedures and developing protocols by utilizing neurological assessment tools, manual therapy techniques and exercise selection for the various post surgical conditions. Extensive hands-on lab time and protocol discussion will enable the therapist to immediately apply information in the clinical setting.

PT continuing education course objectives

  • Understand the basic anatomy pertinent to various pathologies and dysfunctions.
  • Utilize mechanical and neurological evaluation techniques to help determine the best treatment approach for spinal disorders.
  • Identify specific active and passive interventions that address particular positive evaluation findings.
  • Develop and initiate rehabilitation and exercise that maximize recovery and function in any spine program.
  • Integrate the therapy program with other disciplines involved with spine management.
  • Recognize the indications for surgical intervention.
  • Recognize specific mechanical and neurological changes that may accompany each type of spine surgery or procedure.
  • Understand the differences between post surgical and nonsurgical evaluation emphasis.
  • Adapt spinal rehabilitation techniques for nonfusion surgeries, fusion surgeries with or without hardware, anterior or posterior approaches and various adjunct injection procedures.
  • Perform interim testing to assess rate and path of program progression, as well as provide quantitative information for the physician and insurance provider.
  • Understand the impairments and corresponding functional limitations that can occur as a result of various spine problems.
  • Identify common red flags and be able to recognize the need for referral to another practitioner.
  • Understand the need for post surgical spine reporting and follow-up, especially with regard to rehabilitation and outcome.
  • Understand and defend the time frames needed for proper recovery of physical function of the spine following surgery.

2013 PT Seminar Course Dates

March 09, 13 March 10, 13 Regional Medical Center of San Jose San Jose, CA

April 20, 13 April 21, 13 Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital Bolingbrook, IL

May 04, 13 May 05, 13 Northwesst Hospital and Medical Center Seattle, WA

May 18, 13 May 19, 13 East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA

June 08, 13 June 09, 13 Adventist Rehab Hospital of Maryland Rockville, MD

June 22, 13 June 23, 13 CPRS Physical Therapy Dillsburg, PA

August 24, 13 August 25, 13 St. Anthony's Medical Center St. Louis, MO

September 14, 13 September 15, 13 Knipling Education Conference Center Lubbock, TX

September 28, 13 September 29, 13 Baptist Hospital of Miami Miami, FL

November 09, 13 November 10, 13 John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine Wilkes-Barre, PA

North American Seminars also offer online pt continuing education courses, visit

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