Build your knowledge of the top treatment protocols for the post surgical spine patient with this exciting online continuing education course. Carol McFarland, PT, PhD, OCS focuses entirely on treatment of the post surgical spine patient with discussion and demonstration of specific rehabilitation exercises and treatment protocols.
Gain insight into the actual surgical process with an extensive interview conducted by Carol with a board certified neurosurgeon. Specific case studies are discussed focusing on kyphoplasty, vertebroplasy, artificial disk replacement, lumbar spine fusion and lumbar laminectomy for spinal stenosis.
Dr. Guy Danielson and Dr. Charles Gordon were mentors for me for years. They gave me ideas for developing my practice as well as a niche service that no one else was real interested in fulfilling in this area.
As we started working on developing protocols, other therapists who were dealing with these patients became interested in developing these protocols too because there wasn’t much of this specific information out there at the time. So several therapists, Dr. Danielson, Dr. Gordon and I worked together and started developing protocols. And we took them to the American Back Society to get feedback because they are multidisciplinary and they would allow us to present our protocols and get feedback and develop them. The American Back Society helped us with our initial protocols and also helped us do our initial publication of lumbar protocols. Then North American Seminars has helped me share this with other therapists, get their feedback and continue to work on developing the protocols which is still of great interest to me. I think that there’s allot we can do for these patients, and working together with rehab, I think we can help their overall surgical experience.
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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.