Post Surgical Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine

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Online Continuing Education Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

    • Understand the fundamental components of a post op spinal evaluation
    • Identify the standardized outcomes tools that can be utilized to track and compare outcomes
    • Perform a post operative spinal evaluation utilizing certain techniques for the varying stages of post- op progression.
    • Identify specific tests to utilized during a neurological exam
    • Define the four functional loss characteristics
    • Teach a patient to activate specific muscles for segmental stabilization in the lumbar spine
    • Perform appropriate manual therapy and exercises techniques for a variety of post op spine diagnoses
    • Develop a progressive program for the cervical and lumbar spine to decrease pain, improve strength, stability and function outcomes.

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Featured Medical Educator

Carol McFarland, PT, PhD, OCS, is a 1975 graduate of Boston University with a BS in physical therapy. She completed her MS in kinesiology at University of Texas at Tyler in 1986 and then received her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1990, which was renewed in 1998. She practices in an outpatient spine center in Texas and has worked closely with the neurosurgeons in this practice since 1992. She collaborated with therapists throughout east Texas to develop rehabilitation protocols specifically for follow-up to many of the surgical and injection spine procedures. She presented these protocols through the Texas Physical Therapy Association and American Back Society several times, and published a book on the postsurgical protocols for the lumbar spine.

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Learn to perform a thorough post operative spinal evaluation

Post Surgical Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine
  • Patient history questions: onset
  • Patient history questions: pain and symptom descriptions
  • Patient history questions: patient's physical characteristics
  • Outcome instruments: Oswestry and Neck Disability Index
  • Early postoperative spinal evaluation components and pointers: Symptom description, incision assessment, spinal contour, functional mobility description
  • Early postoperative spinal evaluation components and pointers: Postural Assessments
  • Early postoperative spinal evaluation components and pointers: Neurologic testing
  • Early postoperative spinal evaluation components and pointers: Body mechanics during functional movements

Perform post surgical lumbar spine evaluation

Post Surgical Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine
  • Neurologic exam demonstration: dermatome testing for lumbar spine using light touch
  • Neurologic exam demonstration: myotome testing for early postoperative lumbar spine
  • Assessing proper log roll and safe supine to sit transition. Ideas for patient instruction
  • Initial straight leg raise test for neural tension. Instructions to patient if positive
  • Discussion of muscles for segmental stabilization in the lumbar spine: tranversus abdominis and multifidus
  • Increasing evidence of the importance of segmental stabilizers for protection of the spine during movement and loading
  • Importance of training the segmental stabilizers specifically
  • Additional stabilization with superior and inferior support for the lumbar spine from pelvic floor and diaphragm
  • Evaluating transverse abdominis (lumbar segmental stabilizer) muscle performance using Stabilizer

Detailed Information on a post operative cervical spine evaluation

Post Surgical Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine
  • Evaluating deep cervical flexors (segmental stabilizers) using Stabilizer
  • Cervical spine neurologic exam: motor testing
  • Cervical spine neurologic exam: sensory testing using light touch
  • Cervical spine neurologic exam: Upper limb tension testing

Post operative manual therapy of the lumbar spine

Post Surgical Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: soft tissue mobilization along incision
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: soft tissue mobilization in sidelying for lumbodorsal fascia, quadratus lumborum, and hip muscle complex
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: contract/relax to quadratus lumborum in sidelying
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: contract/relax to iliopsoas in supine
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: contract/relax to iliopsoas in supine, taking leg off the treatment table
  • Muscle facilitation of hip rotators with patient in prone position: using manual resistance and assessment of right to left differences
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: posterior /anterior pressures to lumbar spine to help patients increase mobility into extension
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: close up of posterior /anterior pressures on L spine
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: Passive intervertebral motion into flexion in sidelying, for spinal stenosis or artificial disc replacement
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: Passive intervertebral motion into lateral flexion in sidelying, with painful side up, for spinal stenosis or artificial disc replacement
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: muscle facilitation in sidelying directed towards hip rotators
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: rhythmic stabilization in supine for trunk muscle facilitation
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: seated localized muscle recruitment with manual resistance at each vertebral level
  • Manual therapy lumbar spine: sidelying localized muscle recruitment with manual resistance at each vertebral level

Post operative manual therapy of the cervical spine

Post Surgical Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine
  • Introduction to cervical spine manual therapy section: Description of techniques
  • Assisted shrug with upper trap stretch, using contract/ relax/ stretch technique, maintaining neutral cervical spine
  • Seated levator scapula stretch, using contract/ relax/ stretch technique, maintaining neutral cervical spine
  • Seated scalene stretch, using contract/ relax/ stretch technique, maintaining neutral cervical spine
  • Seated stretch of upper cervical and thoracic paraspinals using contract/ relax/ stretch technique, with cervical spine in slight flexion
  • Seated suboccipital release with thumb pressure below occiput
  • Alternative hand placement for suboccipital release for patients with pressure sensitivity in upper cervical musculature
  • Levator scapula contract/ relax/ stretch release with patient in supine, maintaining neutral cervical spine
  • Scalene contract/ relax/ stretch release with patient in supine, maintaining neutral cervical spine
  • Clarification of hand placement on scapula for levator scapula release. Clarification of hand placement on upper thoracic paraspinals for cervical and upper thoracic paraspinal release
  • Cervical and upper thoracic paraspinal release and elongation stretch with patient in supine, maintaining neutral cervical spine
  • Supine suboccipital release, maintained pressure over tendon attachments with neutral cervical spine

 

 

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