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

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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OT PT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

June 10, 2017 - June 10, 2017

9 Live 13 Online hours of CME credit

DeKalb Medical Center

Decatur, GA

Tuition $ 399.00



State Continuing Education Course Approvals

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

Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU. North American Seminars is and AOTA provider, provider #4487

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. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

Online Continuing Education Course Resource Included With This Course

PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

Instant Online Access to all this information! Videos and Written Information

Online information includes HD video clips with detailed written information (available to download in PDF)

This information is in Additional to the live course manual provided at course site

DVD is shipped to course site and it an incredible reference tool.

Sensory and Manual Muscle Testing - Film Clips and written Information

  • ASIA A & B
  • ASIA C & D
  • ASIA E defined
  • ASIA sensory exam, pin prick
  • ASIA sensory exam, pin prick grading
  • ASIA sensory exam, light touch
  • ASIA, sensory exam 54-5
  • Defining complete and ZPP
  • ASIA functional motor level
  • Sensory motor relationship
  • ASIA C5, all grades
  • ASIA C6, all grades
  • ASIA C7, all grades
  • ASIA C8, all grades
  • ASIA T1
  • ASIA T1 quadriplegic involvement
  • ASIA test, gravity eliminated test position for the hip flexion testing
  • ASIA L2, grades 0,1,2
  • ASIA L2, grades 3,4,5
  • ASIA L3, grades 0,1,2
  • ASIA L3, grades 3,4,5
  • ASIA L4 grade 0,1,2
  • ASIA L4 grade 3
  • ASIA L4 grades 4, 5
  • ASIA L5, all grades
  • ASIA S1, grades 0,1,2
  • ASIA S1, grade 3
  • ASIA S1, grade 4, 5
  • Spinal Cord Rehab Topics Film Clips and written Information

  • Interaction of muscle groups
  • Quadriplegic assessment
  • Dependent transfer with feet on floor
  • Dependent transfer with full lift
  • Infant transfer
  • Infant collar,TLSO
  • Quadriplegic Mobility, transfers with board
  • Mat to mat transfer
  • Transfer to wheelchair with board
  • Paraplegic transfer with sliding board
  • Transfer, pivot without sliding board
  • Transfer, prone push
  • Transfer, roll out
  • Wheelchair transfer floor to chair
  • Transfer, feet first
  • Transfer from mat using knee to chest for bed mobility
  • Quadriplegic mobility, long sitting
  • Quadriplegic mobility, quadruped
  • Prone on elbow shifting
  • Quadriplegic mobility, long sit to prone
  • Come to sit and the UE platform
  • Long to short sit with leg management
  • Bed mobility prone to supine
  • Paraplegia, transfer to mat
  • Long leg braces and weight bearing
  • Come to stand with forearm crutches
  • Sit to stand and the standing position
  • Prone push to stand
  • Gait with rolling walker sit to stand
  • Quadriplegic gait training
  • Supine to long to short sitting
  • Scooting hip head relationship
  • Introduction of the lower extremity powder board testing
  • Powder board strength assessment of dorsi and plantar flexion
  • Powder board, hip abduction
  • Powder board, hip adduction
  • Powder board with and without skate, hip flexion
  • Powder board, skate, knee extension
  • Powder board no skate, knee extension
  • Powder board, hamstring exam, trace
  • Fatigue in weak muscle groups
  • Wheelchair selection and hip width
  • Wheelchair configuration, frame dump
  • Wheelchair patient measurements
  • Achieving the best pelvic position in a wheelchair
  • Frame dump measurements, pelvic position and arc over rail
  • Wheelchair tire and caster options
  • Wheelchair configuration, key measurements
  • Camber and overall width of wheelchair
  • Wheelchair features and disassembly.


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