Course Description for Orthopedic Physical Therapy II: Spine and Occupational Health

PHT7183C: Orthopedic Physical Therapy II: Spine and Occupational Health
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of previous courses in the DPT curriculum. This course is an in-depth study related to examination and intervention of disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system with emphasis on the axial skeleton including temporomandibular joints. Course includes concepts of functional spinal units, interrelationship of group lesions on normal and dysfunctional biomechanics, therapeutic intervention outcomes, and current theories of spinal mechanics. Lab sessions focus on specialized examination and intervention skills, including spinal joint mobilization techniques. Students will gain skills related to the responsibilities and roles of physical therapists in addressing health-related issues within the community, particularly occupational health. Consultation with local industry with completion of an ergonomic analysis is a component of this course.(A laboratory fee of $25 assessed.)