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The Post-Surgical Cervical and Lumbar Spine

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

This two day intermediate-level seminar is designed to enhance a therapist’s primary and intrinsic understanding of surgical approaches and techniques for the cervical and lumbar spine, including microdiscectomy, PLIF, DLIF, TLIF, ACDF, and posterior cervical fusion. Participants will learn manual therapy techniques, including adverse neural tensioning and mobilization of the sciatic, femoral, median, ulnar, and radial nerves. In order to successfully rehabilitate a post-operative spinal surgical patient, the treating therapist should have a working understanding of the specific surgical approach, technique, physiological healing time, mechanical post-op changes, and variables involved from patient to patient in their recoveries. This teaching approach will prepare the participants to recognize the safe rehabilitation procedures and interventions for the respective spinal surgery performed in order to achieve optimal post-operative recovery. The protocols presented will follow these surgical patients from pre-operative instructions through surgery, initial post-operative recovery, and post-operative rehabilitation. With the knowledge of a patient’s pre-operative diagnosis and condition, as well as an in-depth understanding of the surgical approach, technique, and anticipated outcome, the treating therapist will be able to efficiently recognize post-operative movement precautions, post-surgical neuromuscular effects on specific structures related to the surgery, and healing phases to treat the post-surgical spine patient in order to develop the most effective post-operative rehabilitation program. Due to the importance of functional outcomes in the current health care environment, evidence-based outcome measures will also be presented. In addition, the Continuous Quality Improvement data for several spinal surgical procedures will be presented as evidence of surgical protocol effectiveness. Manual therapy techniques in conjunction with protocols will also be taught to enable the therapist to immediately apply information in the clinical setting. This course is applicable for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Identify pertinent spinal research for target muscle groups, exercise protocols, spinal mechanics and healing phases for the post-surgical spine patient.
  • Discuss the laminectomy and microdiscectomy surgical techniques.
  • Describe cervical fusion surgeries and approaches, including ACDF surgery and posterior cervical fusion surgery.
  • Describe lumbar fusion surgery techniques and approaches for PLIF, TLIF and DLIF procedures.
  • Describe the movement precautions, lifting restrictions, wound care, and other post-operative instructions specific for the spinal surgery patient.
  • Describe the neuroanatomy, neurodynamics, and how they apply to a neurological evaluation and treatment in a patient with spinal dysfunction.
  • Perform hands on skills for a neurological lumbar evaluation, along with manual therapy techniques for the post-surgical lumbar spine patient.
  • Discuss the post-operative goals and post-operative programs for lumbar surgery patients, along with presentation of case studies and continuous quality improvement.
  • Develop post-operative rehabilitation goals and program for the post-operative cervical fusion patient.
  • Describe the nature of neurodynamics and differential diagnosis of neurodynamic restrictions in the lower and upper extremities.
  • Perform nerve palpation techniques to identify nerve location.
  • Perform ULNT of the median, radial and ulnar nerves, to differentially diagnose neurodynamic restrictions and involvement.
  • Perform manual therapy skills to perform myofascial release and soft tissue mobilizations to the spine.
  • Describe and perform nerve flossing and gliding techniques of the lower and upper extremities.
  • Develop a comprehensive pre and post surgical program to maximize functional movement and promote optimal healing.
  • Instructor name

    Stephen Summers, PT

    I am a credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor. As a Spinal Specialist, I evaluate and treat only spine patients. I can teach you to improve your patient outcomes with this patient population.
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    PT OT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

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    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    North American Seminars, Inc. is an AOTA provider for continuing education. Provider number 4487. Please download the specific course brochure for the AOTA classification and allotted AOTA hours. The AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU.

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Call for evidence-based status. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

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    Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

    PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

    Evaluation and Treatment of the Post Surgical Lumbar and Spine Patient

    Price when purchased with registration: $ 79.95

    Delivery: DVD (if DVD - delivered to course site)

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