Online Physical Therapy Courses

Course Instructor

J.W. Matheson PT, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS is a 1996 graduate of the Mayo Clinic of Health Sciences. J.W. is a 2001 graduate of the first public APTA Credentialed Sports Physical Therapy residency at Gundersen-Lutheran Sports Medicine in Onalaska, WI. He is both a board certified specialist in sports physical therapy and a board certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. J.W. completed his transitional DPT degree from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2005.

Dr. Matheson is a respected author and clinical researcher. He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed research articles on specific exercises for the knee and shoulder and has recently published several manuscripts on the topic of rehabilitation outcomes. J.W. integrates clinical outcomes and functional measurements into his daily clinical practice and is currently working with several payers on different models of reimbursement based on rehabilitation outcomes. He has presented nationally at conferences on the integration of patient reported and functional outcomes into clinical practice.

Dr. Matheson has worked in a variety of clinical and academic settings as a clinician, researcher, adjunct faculty member, consultant, and owner. He is currently President and Clinic Director of Catalyst Sports Medicine. This is a private outpatient physical therapy practice and sports performance center located in Hudson, Wisconsin. J.W. is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and serves on several legislative and research committees locally and nationally.

In his free time, J.W. likes to escape to Montana with his family to hike, ski and fly fish.

Achieving Functional Outcomes for Shoulder Impingement, Low Back Pain and Knee Osteoarthritis in the Current Healthcare Reform Environment

In the current environment of health care reform, high co-pays, increased utilization review, and required outcome reporting, the busy clinician is required to create measurable functional change at each clinical visit. In order to be successful in this time of change, clinicians must provide cost-effective, patient-centered care. This intermediate to advanced course is designed for the busy experienced outpatient orthopaedic clinician who wants to improve their ability to create measurable, patient-centered, functional change at each patient visit. This course is designed for the PT, PTA, or ATC that wants to improve their clinical outcomes.

The two-day lecture and hands-on laboratory course will provide the participant with an exciting update of current evidence-based practice guidelines for the examination, evaluation, and treatment of three of the most common diagnoses encountered in the outpatient physical therapy. Emphasis will be placed on translating research evidence into efficient clinical treatment of acute low back pain, shoulder impingement, and knee osteoarthritis. Practical case studies and clinical scenarios will be utilized for each of these three diagnoses in order to demonstrate how the clinician can achieve reliable, valid, and measurable functional outcomes.

The integration of payer-required, patient-reported, and clinical performance outcome measures into clinical practice will be illustrated during each clinical scenario. Participants will learn how to develop a “therapeutic alliance” with their patients in order to maximize the non-specific effects of treatment. During interactive laboratory sessions, participants will improve their orthopedic clinical examination and treatment skills. Hands-on practice of selected special tests, functional performance tests, manual therapy, and exercise interventions will be the focus of each lab session. This two-day interactive course will allow participants to enhance their patient –centered quality of care to clients with common musculoskeletal conditions.

The clinician who attends this two-day weekend course will be able to immediately apply the information and hands-on skills they have learned when they return to the clinic on Monday. This course is unique in that it that focuses on both the clinician and patient perspective with a goal of immediately improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction).

Category: Orthopedic, acute low back pain, shoulder impingement, and knee osteoarthritis, Physical therapy continuing education course

Professional Attendance: This continuing medical education course is applicable for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.

  • Develop confidence in understanding common rehabilitation outcome measures for the spine, shoulder and knee.
  • Recognize the role of the physical therapist as a primary care provider for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Appreciate the hierarchy, grades, and levels of evidence based and science-based practice
  • Understand the difference between specific treatment effects and non-specific treatment effects.
  • Develop the ability to self-reflect and enhance each clinician’s ability to maximize non-specific treatment effects during each patient encounter.
  • Decrease unwarranted practice variations and improve outcomes in the treatment of acute low back pain, shoulder impingement, and knee osteoarthritis.
  • Translate and integrate current research evidence into the efficient examination, evaluation, and treatment of acute low back pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain.
  • Gain several clinical pearls and new treatment techniques for the treatment of acute low back pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain.
  • Appreciate the current environment of payer mandated outcome data collection and its influence on current physical therapy practice.
  • Discuss the importance of risk-adjustment and outcome data collection on physical therapy practice and reimbursement.
  • Gain the knowledge to utilize patient-reported and clinical performance data in negotiating with payers.

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    Achieving Functional Outcomes for Shoulder Impingement, Low Back Pain and Knee Osteoarthritis in the Current Healthcare Reform Environment







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