Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialists - Bring your brain and your hands.
The Cervical Spine: Manipulation to Stabilization and Everything in Between
Up to 70% of the population will experience neck pain at some time in their lives and several reports indicate that the incidence may be rising.  Physical therapists encounter patients in the clinic frequently, which account for approximately 25% of all physical therapy visits, and need to be prepared to provide evidence-based care.  The purpose of this course is to update busy clinicians on the most recent evidence regarding the treatment of neck pain as well as instruct them in multiple cervical and thoracic manipulation and mobilization techniques that have been shown to improve outcomes with their patients.  15 hours of on-site education includes lecture, demonstration and over 6 hours of hands-on instruction.
 
This course has been approved for 15 category 1 CE hours in both Minnesota and North Dakota.  The North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy has also endorsed this course to meet requirements for performing high velocity, low amplitude thrust manipulation in their practice.
 

The Lumbar Spine: Manipulation to Stabilization and Everything in Between
LBP accounts for 3% of all MD visits annually...with direct healthcare costs over 85 billion dollars.... and make up the largest group of people seeking care from physical therapists. This course focuses on evaluation and management of lumbar spine disorders based on the strongest and most recent evidence. Because manipulation is under-utilized by PTs despite high-level evidence to support its use, several applications and techniques are emphasized. The contributions of the thoracic spine, pelvis and hips are also addressed. This course is a combination of lecture and extensive lab time, and will prepare the attendees to more effectively treat low back disorders.



This course has been approved for 15 category 1 CE hours in both Minnesota and North Dakota.  The North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy has also endorsed this course to meet requirements for performing high velocity, low amplitude thrust manipulation in their practice.
Advanced Spinal Manual Therapy
This lab-intensive course will include mobilization and manipulation techniques as well as soft tissue techniques from C0-1 to the sacrum.  Physical therapists who perform basic spinal manipulation techniques will benefit from this region-interdependent approach to treating various spinal and sacral dysfunctions.  Participant's technique will be assessed by an instructor and a passing score is required to complete the course (70% or greater).


This course has been approved by the Minnesota and North Dakota Boards of Physical Therapy for 15 category 1 CE hours.  The North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy has also endorsed this course to meet requirements for performing high velocity, low amplitude thrust manipulation in their practice.

Mobility and Strength Progressions for Low Back Pain
The foundational intervention for physical therapists is therapeutic exercise.  We have ample evidence to support its use in many patient populations, including low back pain (LBP).  Because LBP is the most common disorder seen by outpatient orthopedic PTs, we need to understand how and when to implement mobility and strengthening exercises.   With this extremely practical one-day course, participants will learn exercise progressions for disorders across the lifespan from adolescent spondylolisthesis to spinal stenosis.  Progressions will include specific examples used regularly by the presenters.  Other topics will include strategies for selling your services and improving adherence to home programs.  The course format will include lecture, demonstration and lab.  A great way to get continuing education hours while expanding your skills!
Course approval is pending from Minnesota and North Dakota Boards of Physical Therapy for 8 category 1 CE hours.




Manual Therapy and Exercise for Lower Extremity Conditions




Lower extremity conditions are highly prevalent and commonly encountered by physical therapists. Evidence suggests a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise can be an effective approach in many of these conditions. Learn strategies for examination and treatment from clinical experts with 15 hours of on-site education that includes lecture, demonstration and over 6 hours of hands-on instruction.