Differential Diagnosis of the Spine Part 1

Differential Diagnosis of the Spine Part 1

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CEU:0.1
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Delaying proper treatment due to poor diagnosis is detrimental to a patient’s well being. The sooner a patient with a non-musculoskeletal issue is referred to the correct practitioner, the sooner the patient will receive the best and most appropriate treatment.

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Delaying proper treatment due to poor diagnosis is detrimental to a patient’s well being. The sooner a patient with a non-musculoskeletal issue is referred to the correct practitioner, the sooner the patient will receive the best and most appropriate treatment. The first course in the Differential Diagnosis of the Spine series deals with understanding statistics to be able to utilize Clinical Prediction Rules for diagnosis and treatment. Red and Yellow Flags, History, system reviews and specific mandatory questions that must be asked in every history taken will be discussed. The first course in this series also gives the student an introduction to the Viscerogenic, Vasculogenic, Neurogenic, Psychogenic and Spondylogenic categories of diseases that can refer to the spine.

Objectives:

 

  • Review five statistical references that relate to evidence based practice
  • Describe four Red flags that are pertinent in the evaluation component of treatment.
  • Identify the five categories that pertain to possible spinal pain and referred pain.
  • Describe the characteristics of two metabolic diseases that can affect the spine.

 

What is Differential Diagnosis and reasons for Screening

 

  • Statistical definitions and what they mean
  • Understanding Red Flags
  • Diseases that relate or refer to the spine: Pathology
  • Viscerogenic
  • Neoplasm
  • Vascular
  • Neurogenic
  • Psychogenic
  • Spondylogenic

 

 

Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with 40 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A Manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994 (FCAMPT). Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and 2016 as Emeritus.

Debra is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) since 1994 and was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association prior to moving to the USA. She was a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program. She has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada.

She wrote the Segmental Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine for Northeast Seminars Online programs. She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Palm Harbor Florida. Her primary case load is Rheumatology patients and deals with a multitude of dysfunctions related to those diseases as well as aging and osteoporosis. She is a photographer, captain/sailor and an avid runner.

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