The Art & Science of the Physical Examination Online Course

  • Category: OnDemand & Webinars
  • Published On: May 26, 2016
  • Expires On: May 25, 2019

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Gregory L. Whitcomb, DC

Rick Placide, MD, PT


Evan K. Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS

John Kamysz, MD

John Metzler, MD

Mark M. Mikhael, MD

Ryan Tauzell, MA, PT, MDT

Sherri Weiser, PhD

David Woznica, MD

Sea change in health care is constraining physician access. Mid-level and Allied Health providers are increasingly called upon to serve as first-point and follow-up spine subspecialty evaluators. The effective evaluation and triage of spine patients can be complex and requires nuanced examination and differential diagnostic skills intrinsic to care planning. Effective treatment and rehabilitation and associated psychosocial, med-legal, occupational, disability, pain management and co-morbid health issues must also be considered.

Technology advancements in imaging, interprofessional communication and medical records have become valuable tools to time-challenged clinicians managing high patient volume and related clinical responsibilities. Potentially compromised in this new health care milieu are the time honored fundamentals of hands-on evaluation and the interpersonal and communication skills that have historically defined excellence in patient care. There is increasing recognition that no technology is of greater importance than real-time, face-to-face evaluation as the basis for clinical decision-making, including appropriate diagnostic work-up and value-based care planning.

What you will learn:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Obtaining an Effective History of Present Illness, Medical Co-Morbidities, Review of Systems
  • What You Say… What the Patient Hears
  • Cervical and Thoracic Spine Examination
  • Lumbar Spine Exam
  • Spine Imaging I
  • Musculoskeletal Spinal Masqueraders
  • Introduction to Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology: Emphasis on the Spine
  • Introduction to Physical Exam of the Nervous System: Emphasis on the Patient in a Spine Clinic
  • Directional Preference: Evidence and Basic Assessment
  • Spine Imaging II
  • Neurologic Spinal Masqueraders
  • Interventional Procedures: Overview and Evidence Review on Utility in Differential Diagnosis
  • Spinal Masqueraders: The Visceral Organ Systems

  • Member: $0.00
  • Non-Member: $95.00
Johnson, Evan K.: Nothing to Disclose Kamysz, John: Consulting: Stryker Spine (Amount not disclosed); Speaking and/or Teaching Arrangements: Stryker Spine (Amount not disclosed). Metzler, John: Nothing to Disclose Mikhael, Mark M.: Royalties: Oxford University Press (A); Consulting: Biomet (D), DePuy/Synthes (B). Placide, Rick J.: Trips/Travel: Globus Spine (A); Research Support - Staff and/or Materials: Globus Spine (A). Reed, Michael: Nothing to Disclose Tauzell, Ryan A.: Nothing to Disclose Weiser, Sherri: Nothing to Disclose Whitcomb, Gregory L.: Speaking and/or Teaching Arrangements: North American Spine Society (A); Trips/Travel: North American Spine Society (A). Woznica, David: Nothing to Disclose