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Spinal Cord Rehab- The Next Step - One Day Live Course Combined with an Online DVD Home Study

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

  This one day intermediate level course combines online home study training with face-to-face interactive instruction including a hands on lab session. The course has been carefully designed to maximize the learning experience by combining, professionally filmed, self-paced online/DVD home study material with a focused hands-on training session in the classroom.

  There has been a paradigm shift in the rehabilitation of spinal cord injured patients. Although therapists must teach compensatory strategies for achieving mobility while muscle groups are still weakened or paralyzed; there are now activity-based recovery strategies that help sensory-motor function regain the capacity to generate real function. Coupled with home study instruction, this course combines evaluative and rehabilitative teaching with hands-on practice on how to best combine the compensatory and recovery models in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. The instructor will present case studies; and evidence-based therapy and medical approaches that offer the spinal cord injured patient an opportunity for recovery. This course will help participants with their critical thinking processes based on patient parameters of need. Based on patient parameters, the participant will learn how to prioritize and synthesize conventional versus recovery model strategies to maximize patient progress efficiently.

The participants will receive two comprehensive handouts for both the online and live courses in addition to a DVD resource.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Compare the differences between the ASIA motor exam and manual muscle testing.
  • Identify the pitfalls of only using the ASIA exam for SCI evaluation.
  • Understand the challenges of applying standardized manual muscle testing to the spinal cord injured patient.
  • Identify incomplete spinal cord injury characteristics via deductive reasoning following a sensorimotor exam.
  • Identify key components to the therapy evaluation including:
    1. Modified manual muscle test vs the ASIA assessment
    2. Sensory testing
    3. Functional skill elements and indications for treatment planning
    4. Discuss goal setting and therapy techniques as they relate to various functional levels of injury
  • Observe and practice patient handling techniques in a lab setting including:
    1. Transfer training and progressions
    2. Bed mobility training and progressions
    3. Conventional model gait training and progressions
    4. Positioning for mechanical advantage to encourage optimal strengthening and facilitation
    5. Observe and understand of the basic manual wheelchair components and benefits for gravity assisted positioning for task performance.
  • Describe the anatomical, physiological structures of the spinal cord including central pattern generators and their roll in recovery.
  • Describe multi-system deficits, precautions and implications related to living with spinal cord injury.
  • Identify the key differences in the conventional vs. recovery model approaches to spinal cord injury rehab.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the evidence related to spinal cord plasticity.
  • Demonstrate the use of spasticity in developing motor control in this population.
  • Demonstrate understanding of evaluative testing including modifications allowing identification of available function following spinal cord injury.
  • Discuss progressions and functional goal setting.
  • Perform hands-on therapeutic activity-based exercise and functional training strategies in the lab setting.
  • Instructor name

    Selina Morgan, PT, DPT, NCS

    I have a wealth of experience to draw from in helping therapists provide accurate evaluations and treatment while avoiding the pitfalls that come from managing a large caseload of spinal cord injury patients and from navigating insurance company challenges.
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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

    Spinal Cord Injury

    Price when purchased with registration: $ 165.00

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

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