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Current Topics in Upper Extremity Orthopedics: State of the Art in Research and Practice: Digital Encore Presentation of WI Hand Experience

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on Flash Drive
11.5 Contact Hours, Program #13282
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$495

Course Description

Experts in upper extremity treatment provide a comprehensive exploration of critical elements of upper extremity orthopedics.Topics Include:

  • Stability and mobility following digital fractures
  • Prehension and expectations for thumb injuries
  • Complexities and complications of distal radius fractures
  • Therapy and rehabilitation following wrist, elbow and
    shoulder fractures
  • Evaluation and treatment strategies for the cervical spine.
  • A cadaveric presentation demonstrates anatomy and the
    techniques used for managing orthopedic injuries with
    unparalleled clarity.

Upper Extremity Anatomy: Cadaveric Dissection and Review: Digital Encore Presentation

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on Flash Drive
6 Contact Hours, Program #13280
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$275

Course Description

Do you remember the cords of the brachial plexus? Can you still differentiate the brachioradialis from the extensor carpi radialis longus? If these structures sound familiar but you can’t quite put your finger on them, this course is for you. Using a fresh frozen cadaver specimen, faculty will complete dissection and lead you through the vital anatomy of the upper extremity, from the glenohumeral joint all the way to the DIPs. Functional relationships and common conditions of the upper extremity will also be reviewed.

Course Instructor

Rebecca Neiduski, PhD, OTR/L, CHT, received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Washington University and a PhD in Education from Saint Louis University. After 15 years of practice and teaching in St. Louis, Dr. Neiduski now serves as the Occupational Therapy Department Chair at Concordia University Wisconsin. She was elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Hand Surgery and has served as both the Research Division Director and Annual Meeting Program Chair for the American Society of Hand Therapists. She has been teaching gross anatomy with cadaver dissection for the past 18 years.

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Upper Extremity Instability Methods and Management: Digital Encore Presentation of WI Hand Experience

Work at your own pace; on DVD or Flash Drive
1.0 CEU’s (10 Clock Hours), Program #13652
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$445

Course Description

This encore webcast provides evidence based state-of-the-art scientific sessions outlining the latest advances in the diagnoses and treatment of upper extremity instability.Topics Include:

  1. Evaluation and Treatment of Thumb Instability
  2. Therapist’s Management of Thumb Instability
  3. Understanding Wrist Instability Patterns: Scapholunate (SL), Lunotriquetral (LT), Midcarpal Instability, and Distal Radioulnar Joint (DRUJ)
  4. Clinical Testing for Stability of the Wrist: SL, LT, Midcarpal Joint (MCJ) and DRUJ
  5. Current Research on Improving our Understanding of SL Issues and the Dart-Thrower’s Motion
  6. Panel Discussion and Questions
  7. Surgeon’s Management of SL and DRUJ Instability
  8. Post-Operative Considerations with Therapy
  9. Conservative Management of SL Issues with Proprioceptive Training
  10. Anatomy of the Elbow: Understanding the Key Ligamentous Structures of the Elbow
  11. Therapist’s Management of Medial and Lateral Elbow Instability
  12. Physician’s Management of Shoulder Instability
  13. Therapist’s Management of Shoulder Instability: Conservative Management and Post-Operative Considerations
  14. Panel Discussion and Questions

Course Faculty

  • Emily Altman, PT, DPT, CHT, OCS, CLT, WCC
  • Megan Bjella, MS, OTR/L, RYT-200
  • David Meister, MD
  • Theresa Parry, OTR, CHT, COMT
  • Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPTA
  • David Ross, MD
  • Cynthia Watkins, PT, DPT, CHT
  • Aviva Wolff, EdD, OTR, CHT
  • Brian Zafonte, MD, PhD, FAAOS
  • Maria Zanoni, PT

The Revolving Door of Hand Therapy: Innovative Ways to Break the Cycle: Digital Encore Presentation of WI Hand Experience

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on Flash Drive
11.5 Contact Hours, Program #13281
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$495

Course Description

Do you ever feel like your patients are stuck in a revolving door and can’t move forward? Those unstable wrists, thumbs that are out of balance, and tendons that just won’t glide? This course is designed to explore the difficult conditions that just keep coming back: from caphoid nonunion advanced collapse wrists (SNAC) to adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulders) and a lot of evidence-informed assessment and intervention in between. Highly experienced surgeons and therapists will share their strategies complemented by cadaver dissections.

Treatment of Nerve and Tendon Injuries: Optimizing Clinical Reasoning and Intervention Strategies: Digital Encore Presentation of WI Hand Experience

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on DVD or Flash Drive
9.5 Contact Hours, Program #13653
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$445

Course Description

Evidence-based presentations targeting medical interventions for wrist and hand injuries, holistic patient needs and pre and post-operative outcomes. Experienced surgeons and therapists will share their treatment strategies complemented by cadaver dissections and question and answer sessions.Topics Include:

  1. Kinesiologic Overview of the Wrist
  2. Tendinopathy of the Hand and Wrist
  3. Digging Deeper with Tendon Pathology at the Wrist:
    Is it Just a Tendon Issue?
  4. Cadaveric Dissection: Wrist
  5. Q&A Panel: The Wrap
  6. Anatomy and Biomechanics of Brachial Plexus and
    Thoracic Outlet
  7. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Surgical Procedures
  8. Gain an Overview of How to Conservatively Manage Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
  9. Brachial Plexus Surgery, Therapy and Case Studies
  10. Surgical Management of Nerve and Free Muscle
    Transfers in the Upper Extremity
  11. Cadaveric Dissection: Nerve Versus Muscle Transfers

Course Faculty

  • Curtis A. Crimmins, MD
  • George B. Haasler, MD, FACS
  • Krista Kienitz, OTR, CHT, CLT
  • Rebecca Neiduski, PhD, OTR/L, CHT
  • Donald A. Neumann, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Theresa Parry, OTR, COMT
  • Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT
  • Neil Salyapongse, MD
  • Amy Turner, OTR, CHT
  • Kirk Turner, OTR, CHT
  • Renata V. Weber, MD

Rehab Challenges Following Upper Extremity Trauma: Digital Encore Presentation WI Hand Experience

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on DVD or Flash Drive
1.1 CEU’s (11 Clock Hours), Program #13654
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$445

Course Description

This encore webcast provides evidence based state-of-the-art scientific sessions and workshops outlining the continuum of care following traumatic injury of the upper extremity.Topics Include:

  1. From Finger Fractures to the Mangled Hand: An Acute Trauma Overview
  2. Fracture Fixation
  3. Wounds and the Hand Therapist
  4. Effective Upper Extremity Edema Management: Burying the Use of Retrograde Massage
  5. Interventions in Action
  6. The Role of Modalities Post Trauma
  7. One-handed ADL and IADL Techniques
  8. Wrist Stiffness after Trauma: Orthopedic Manual Therapy Solutions to Restoring Function
  9. Evaluation in Fracture Care of the Upper Extremity
  10. Cadaveric Dissection: ORIF of the Distal Radius and Potential Hardware Complications
  11. Neuromuscular Re-education for the Wrist and Forearm
  12. Sensibility and Sensory Recovery
  13. Adhesive Capsulitis: The Unfortunate Consequence of Distal Trauma
  14. Use of Dermal Matrix Substitute in Upper Extremity Soft Tissue Injuries
  15. Panel Discussion and Questions

Course Faculty

  • Jamie L. Bergner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, COMT
  • Bethany Brooks, MOTR/L
  • Anthony LoGiudice, MD
  • Brian H. Gander, MD
  • Theresa Parry, OTR, CHT, COMT
  • Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT
  • Victoria Johnsen Ralph, MPPA, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
  • Andrew Starsky, BSEE, MPT, PhD
  • Greg P. Watchmaker, MD
  • Sunniva Zaratkiewicz, PhD, RN, CWCN

 

August 2021

Lymphedema II: The Next Level

August 12-14, 2021
26 Contact Hours, Program #13487
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$615 before 7/12/2021; $665 after 7/12/2021, Day 1 Only – $235 Fee After 7/12/2021 = $285,
Day 2 Only – $235 Fee After 7/12/2021 = $285,
Day 3 Only – $235 Fee After 7/12/2021 = $285

Course Description

This course is designed for certified lymphedema therapists who want to acquire more in depth knowledge in specific treatment areas, increase “hands on skills” in these areas, and learn additional treatment skills through group discussions.

Course Instructor

Mike Bond, MS, PT, CLT, CIDN,has been a physical therapist since 1997. He graduated from University of the Pacific (UOP) and has a background in headache pain management, manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release (MFR), and Kinesio Taping in addition to many years’ experience as a treating lymphedema therapist in a variety of settings. He is currently the director of therapy services for a large home health and hospice agency. In addition to treating patients, he supervises the work of numerous staff that have been trained in various lymphedema certification programs. Having a background as a therapist he has in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology related to numerous disorders and how they can interact with and impact the lymphedema client. He also understands the perspective of many who attend this program due to his experience in a variety of practice settings. He is very active in treating, consulting, and teaching about lymphedema wherever and whenever he finds a place for it. He joined the staff at UW-Milwaukee in November 2012 teaching the Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management course and Lymphedema II: The Next Level and Lymphedema: Module III. He is invested in this education due to both personal and professional reasons.

 

September 2021

Non-Surgical Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder

September 17- 18, 2021
14 Contact Hours, Program #13985
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$500 before 8/17/2021; $550 after 8/17/2021

Course Description

Shoulder dysfunction is a very common occurrence and, in terms of musculoskeletal problems, is the third most common reason for patients to seek healthcare.  Occupational and physical therapists are often asked to work with patients who have shoulder problems in many clinical settings.  These problems are often complex, however, making them difficult to assess and treat.  Shoulder dysfunction is often misdiagnosed which adds to the difficulty.  An approach informed by clinical experience and available evidence will set the OT or PT up for success in the clinic.

During this course the following will be discussed:

(1)     Day One – Assessment:  Basic shoulder anatomy review; overview of recommended assessment strategy; procedure for taking medical and occupational history; evaluation of posture, shoulder musculature and bony prominences, pain, sensation, range of motion and strength; common shoulder diagnosis presentation and performance of special tests; screening for other shoulder-related conditions; hands-on practice; and case study discussion.

(2)     Day Two – Intervention:  Discussion of common shoulder diagnoses and appropriate treatment techniques, including manual therapy (joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and others); soft tissue stretches; nerve gliding; physical agent modalities; posture training; therapeutic exercise using range of motion and strengthening; hands-on practice; and case study discussion.

Course Instructor

Dana Washburn, MS, OTR/L, has 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist and seven years as an occupational therapy educator. She currently works as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Within the Occupational Therapy Program she teaches physical rehabilitation assessment and treatment, use of physical agent modalities, and seminar courses. Her clinical focus is adult physical rehabilitation and she has worked in a variety of practice settings including acute care, sub-acute rehabilitation, home health and outpatient therapy. She has significant clinical expertise in the area of shoulder rehabilitation. She received her MS in occupational therapy from Rush University and is a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF); Systematic Review and Treatment Guidelines

September 17, 2021
7 Contact Hours, Program #13849
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$255 before 8/17/2021; $295 after 8/17/2021

Course Description

This course will provide a review of the pathophysiology for COPD and CHF. It will provide an overview of risk factors and assessment techniques to assist in identification of them. The course will include the common medications prescribed to treat COPD and CHF as well as the common adverse side effects. Guideline for prescribing a treatment program are essential for prevention of exacerbations and will be incorporated into the course. The course will also include energy conservation technique to enhance patient’s quality of life and ease of completing ADLs/IADLs.

Course Instructor

Virginia Bowen PT, COS-C, has 25 years’ experience in homecare. She received her BS-Physical therapy degree from University of Wisconsin in 1987 and is currently pursuing her t-DPT at College of St Scholastica. Her current role, she develops and teaches the curriculum for onboarding therapists. She also develops/presents education to enhance current therapy staff’s knowledge in assessment and treatment of the geriatric population. Her clinical background includes: acute care, rehabilitation and home care with a primary focus on Chronic Heart Failure, COPD, and geriatrics in home care. She has worked in Colorado, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Virginia has received the CEO Impact award in 2017 and 2018 for development of education for therapists in homecare.

An Introduction of Low Vision into Therapeutic Practice

September 24, 2021
6 Contact Hours, Program #13498
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$215 before 8/24/2021; $265 after 8/24/2021

Course Description

This introductory course will bring awareness to the unique expertise of Occupational Therapy in Low Vision through description of clinical and functional presentation of age-related eye conditions. This will facilitate clinicians to better adapt treatment planning to optimize patient outcomes and recognize when it is appropriate to refer for formal Low Vision services.

Course Instructor

Lindsey Angst, MS, OTR/L, CLVT is a practicing Occupational Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. In 2012, she became a Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) and developed a growing Low Vision Program at HSHS Prevea where she treats age-related eye conditions, concussion patients, and also practices outpatient hand therapy. Lindsey has been practicing for 8 years as a Certified Low Vision Therapist and enjoys giving community educational presentations and guest lecturing at UW-Milwaukee Occupational Therapy graduate program.

Where Do I Start? Acute Care Rehab of Patients with Multiple Traumatic Injuries

September 24-25, 2021
14 Contact Hours, Program #13488
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$500 before 8/24/2021; $550 after 8/24/2021

Course Description

In this two-day, hands-on seminar, you will learn to recognize injury patterns based on the mechanism of injury and the age of the patient to perform age-appropriate responses. Learn to distinguish between acute and chronic injuries to determine how chronic conditions may influence acute response to treatment. Evaluation and treatment decisions based on specific injuries including common fracture patterns of the upper and lower extremities, traumatic brain injury, axial skeleton injuries, and burns will be presented. Finally, determine your specific role in discharge planning to potentially reduce the risk of patient readmission.

Course Instructor

Steve Rankin, OTR,has 20 years of experience as an acute care Occupational Therapist in an Academic Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma, and Regional Burn Center. He has insight into the plight of the injured worker, having left a prior career in construction due to injury. After years of continuing education in specific content areas (shoulder, elbow, hand, TBI, burns, orthopedics) but never finding a comprehensive trauma course, he designed and teaches one himself. He has trained Physical and Occupational Therapy staff, Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurse Practitioners, and Medical Doctors. He is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has presented a version of this course as an AOTA pre-conference institute and as a WOTA one day seminar. Mr. Rankin has written patient and family education materials and regularly presents to students contemplating careers in health care through high school and college programs.

Dry Needling 1 (DN-1): by Bond Institute of Advanced Therapies

September 30 – October 2, 2021
26 Contact Hours, Program #13986
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$665 before 8/30/2021; $715 after 8/30/2021

Course Description

This course is designed to be the first half of 52 hours of classroom training toward meeting most state requirements for dry needling training and certification. The purpose of Dry Needling-1 with Bond Institute of Advanced therapies is to introduce the basic structure and knowledge regarding the history, background, foundation and application of using solid needles in treatment of pain and neurologic syndromes. DN-1 will cover many aspects of dry needling including safety, basic needling skills, body application, theory, core competency and more. The course is a 3 day, 26 hour, applied-learning course that combines highly visual lectures and hands-on practical labs. Students will begin using needles on day 1 of the course and participate in several practical session intended to provide learning and instructor feedback about performance to ensure comprehension of critical application techniques. Practical time is intensive and full participation is required for all labs to gain the skills and competency needed to self-evaluate performance at the completion of the course. In addition students will achieve a level of proficiency in skills needed to diagnose and treat soft tissue pain, injury and dysfunction using solid, dry needles.

Course Instructor

Mike Bond, MS, PT, CLT, CIDN, has been a physical therapist since 1997. He graduated from University of the Pacific (UOP) and has a background in headache pain management, manual / manipulative therapy, soft tissue mobilization, deep tissue work, injury rehabilitation, myofascial release (MFR), cupping, electro therapies, and elastic taping in addition to many years’ experience as a treating lymphedema therapist in a variety of settings. He is currently the director of therapy services for a cash based business serving predominantly athletes. In addition to treating patients, he supervises the work of numerous staff that have been trained in various manual therapy courses and lymphedema certification programs. Having a background as a therapist he has in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology related to numerous disorders and how they can interact with and impact the painful, dysfunctional and edematous client. He also understands the perspective of many who attend this program due to his experience in a variety of practice settings from acute care to private practice. He is very active in treating, consulting, and teaching about soft tissue dysfunction, edema and lymphedema wherever and whenever he finds a place for it. He joined the staff at UWM in November 2012 teaching the Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management course, Lymphedema 2: The Next Level, Lymphedema 3, Manual Edema Mobilization, MFR, and Deep Tissue Injury Rehab Courses and Dry Needling. He is invested in this education due to both personal and professional reasons.

 

October 2021

Lymphedema I: Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management

October 4-9, 2021
62 Contact Hours, Program #13987
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$1435 before 9/4/2021; $1485 after 9/4/2021

Course Description

Upon completion of this six day, 62 hour introductory course, participants will be awarded applicable CE hours and full certification as a lymphedema therapist, (CLT). This course combines various European lymphedema and soft tissue mobilization techniques, integrated with practical clinical oriented treatment techniques to achieve outcomes in the managed care market. The course awards 62 hours (6.2 CEUs). An additional 18 hours (1.8 CEUs) may be earned with coursework completed at home.

UNIQUE TO THIS PROGRAM:

  • Therapists teaching therapists an integrated, practical approach which is applicable to the American reimbursement system
  • Critical problem-solving related to co-morbidities. One-third of the course is devoted to lymphatic system anatomy and physiology; one-third to theory and practice of manual lymphatic treatment and bandaging skills; one-third to exercise, skin care, patient evaluation/assessment, pneumatic pumps, compression garments, patient self-management, and clinic set-up topics such as insurance (codes, forms, etc.), marketing, support groups, and equipment
  • Lab time “hands-on” and mentoring is integrated into all sections equally (2/3 of class time)

CERTIFICATION: A certificate will be awarded to those who complete 62 hours (6.2 CEUs) of class time, evening written assignments, and pass a clinical competency test on the final day. The test consists of evaluating, treating, and performing manual lymphatic treatment and bandaging on a patient. Eighty hours (additional 18 hours, 1.8 CEUs) of certification will be awarded to those who complete additional coursework at home. The following sequential modules may allow participants to apply for the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) exam: Lymphedema 1, Lymphedema 2, Lymphedema 3. Therapists who complete 135 hours of training in these three modules at UWM will be eligible to apply and sit for the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) national certification exam. To meet LANA requirements, participants must complete at least 135 hours of training from one institution. This training cannot exceed four consecutive or cumulative courses. These courses must be one-third theoretical and two-thirds hands on mentoring. It is the applicant’s responsibility to keep updated on current LANA requirements.

Course Instructor

Mike Bond, MS, PT, CLT, CIDN, has been a physical therapist since 1997. He graduated from University of the Pacific (UOP) and has a background in headache pain management, manual / manipulative therapy, soft tissue mobilization, deep tissue work, injury rehabilitation, myofascial release (MFR), cupping, electro therapies, and elastic taping in addition to many years’ experience as a treating lymphedema therapist in a variety of settings. He is currently the director of therapy services for a cash based business serving predominantly athletes. In addition to treating patients, he supervises the work of numerous staff that have been trained in various manual therapy courses and lymphedema certification programs. Having a background as a therapist he has in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology related to numerous disorders and how they can interact with and impact the painful, dysfunctional and edematous client. He also understands the perspective of many who attend this program due to his experience in a variety of practice settings from acute care to private practice. He is very active in treating, consulting, and teaching about soft tissue dysfunction, edema and lymphedema wherever and whenever he finds a place for it. He joined the staff at UWM in November 2012 teaching the Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management course, Lymphedema 2: The Next Level, Lymphedema 3, Manual Edema Mobilization, MFR, and Deep Tissue Injury Rehab Courses and Dry Needling. He is invested in this education due to both personal and professional reasons.

Handling of the Neurological Patient from a Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) Approach

October 8, 2021
6.5 Contact Hours, Program #13718
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$255 before 9/8/2021; $295 after 9/8/2021

Course Description

This course is an introductory course that will provide insight into the comparison of normal movement to the abnormal movement patterns caused by neurological deficits. The problem solving approach will incorporate the task, set-up and handling/cueing needed to maximize experience dependent neuroplasticity in your patients. Specific movement needs for transfers, gait and upper extremity functional use will be covered in lecture and lab.

Course Instructor

Laurie Misslich,OTR, C/NDT, CDRS, CLT,has been an Occupational Therapist for 22 years specializing in neurological disorders. She has worked in all levels of care with stroke patients and has seventeen years of experience with treatment of neurological patients in the outpatient setting. She is certified in neurological developmental treatment, LSVT BIG for treatment of Parkinson’s, lymphedema treatment. She is a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist working toward becoming a Licensed Driving Instructor. Laurie also has specialized training in low vision and splinting. Past presentations include the 2010, 2015 WOTA annual conference and continuing education for Aurora Health Care including annual training for stroke treatment to her peers since 2006. She was an adjunct professor for Carrol University in the Occupational Therapy program in 2016.
Gail McGaughy, MPT, C/NDT, CLT, CBIS,has been a PT for 20 years with emphasis and specialty in neurological disorders. Gail worked in Inpatient Rehab for 15 years and currently in Outpatient Neuro Rehab for the last 5 years at a Brain Injury facility in Des Moines, IA- On With Life. (onwithlife.org) She was certified in NDT 2002, Lymphedema 2009, LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s 2011 and CBIS specialty 2011. Gail has attended the NDT Advanced Gait and Advanced Problem Solving and Handling training and has also presented to facility continuing education since 2006 as well as through Iowa Physical Therapy Association on neurological rehab, gait, postural control 2014 and LSVT BIG for Parkinsons 2017. Gail also guest lectured for Gateway Technical College PTA program 2006-2008 for NDT.

Comprehensive Manual Therapy for Low Back Pain

October 15, 2021
7 Contact Hours, Program #14010
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$255 before 9/15/2021; $295 after 9/15/2021

Course Description

Low back pain is one of the most prevalent and costly ailments seen in a variety of healthcare settings.  Diagnosing and treating low back pain can be challenging and frustrating.  Due to the complex nature of the lumbosacral region, the root cause of lower back pain is often elusive.  This course intends to simplify evaluation and treatment for the most common lumbar and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions from a manual therapy perspective. This is a hands-on course that is meant to impart a streamlined approach for care of the lower back that can be applied to both acute and chronic conditions.  Manual techniques that will be covered in this course include muscle energy, mobilization, articulation, and manipulations.  A brief overview of Pilates-based stabilization exercises will also be covered to ensure long-term effectiveness of the manual corrections.  It is intended that each course attendee be able to immediately utilize the covered techniques to improve their clinical efficiency.

Course Instructor

Ted German, PT, AAS, BA, DPT, CIMT, CPRS, has over 18 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and has taught dozens of manual therapy courses all over the country. He currently works at Group Health Cooperative in Madison, WI as a spine specialist. He also works in the Urgent Care Physical Therapy department at GHC and is currently developing an Acute Low Back Pain program. Dr. German’s education includes a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, MN; a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN; and an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from Lourdes College, Sylvania, OH. He is a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist and a Certified Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section. Dr. German’s other significant teaching experiences include guest lectures on “Pilates for Rehabilitation” for St. Catherine University’s Orthopedics Department and “Risk Factors for Patellofemoral Pain Among Females” at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting.

 

November 2021

Dry Needling 2 (DN-2): by Bond Institute of Advanced Therapies

November 4-6, 2021
27 Contact Hours, Program #13988
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$665 before 10/4/2021; $715 after 10/4/2021

Course Description

This course is designed for licensed healthcare professionals that treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction syndromes. DN-2 is the second half of 54 hours of classroom and lab training toward meeting most state requirements for dry needling training and certification. DN-1 is required prior to enrolling in DN-2. Each state has unique regulation regarding dry needling. Make sure you understand your state licensure and regulation to legally apply principles taught in these courses. The purpose of Dry Needling-2 with Bond Institute of Advanced therapies is to review DN-1 and then go beyond the basic structure and knowledge regarding the history, background, foundation and application of using solid needles in treatment of pain and neurologic syndromes taught in DN-1.

DN-2 with advance beyond basic principles and teach participants more difficult muscles to needle, neurologic needling and adjuncts to needling treatment (PENS and cupping). This is a 3-day, 27 hour, applied-learning course that combines lecture with extensive hands-on practical labs. Students will be expected to needle and receive needling to all course taught body areas. Students will be highly engaged in lab practice and expected to use time efficiently to keep up with the pace of the class. At the end of the class there will be a written exam and practical exam where students will be required to pass to be considered DN-2 level students.

Practical sessions intended to provide learning and instructor feedback about performance to ensure comprehension of critical application techniques. Practical time is intensive and full participation is required for all labs to gain the skills and competency needed to self-evaluate performance at the completion of the course. In addition students will achieve a level of proficiency in skills needed to diagnose and treat soft tissue pain, injury and dysfunction using solid, dry needles.

DN-1 is required prior to attending DN-2 or any specialty courses offered in dry needling by Bond Institute of Advanced Therapies. Upon completion of DN-1 students will be awarded the credential BN-1 (Bond Needling Level 1). After completing DN-2 students will be awarded the credential BN-2.

Course Instructor

Mike Bond, MS, PT, CLT, CIDN, has been a physical therapist since 1997. He graduated from University of the Pacific (UOP) and has a background in headache pain management, manual / manipulative therapy, soft tissue mobilization, deep tissue work, injury rehabilitation, myofascial release (MFR), cupping, electro therapies, and elastic taping in addition to many years’ experience as a treating lymphedema therapist in a variety of settings. He is currently the director of therapy services for a cash based business serving predominantly athletes. In addition to treating patients, he supervises the work of numerous staff that have been trained in various manual therapy courses and lymphedema certification programs. Having a background as a therapist he has in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology related to numerous disorders and how they can interact with and impact the painful, dysfunctional and edematous client. He also understands the perspective of many who attend this program due to his experience in a variety of practice settings from acute care to private practice. He is very active in treating, consulting, and teaching about soft tissue dysfunction, edema and lymphedema wherever and whenever he finds a place for it. He joined the staff at UWM in November 2012 teaching the Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management course, Lymphedema 2: The Next Level, Lymphedema 3, Manual Edema Mobilization, MFR, and Deep Tissue Injury Rehab Courses and Dry Needling. He is invested in this education due to both personal and professional reasons.

Comprehensive Manual Therapy for the Thoracic Spine and Ribs

November 5, 2021
7 Contact Hours, Program #14011
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$255 before 10/5/2021; $295 after 10/5/2021

Course Description

Diagnosing and treating thoracic and rib pain can be challenging and frustrating. Due to the complex nature of the thoracic region, finding the root cause of mid back pain is often difficult. This course intends to simplify evaluation and treatment for the most common thoracic and rib dysfunctions from a manual therapy perspective. This is a hands-on course that is meant to impart a streamlined approach for care of the mid back that can be applied to both acute and chronic conditions. Manual techniques that will be covered in this course include muscle energy, mobilization, articulation, and manipulations. A brief overview of therapeutic exercises for the thoracic spine with be covered to ensure long term success of manual treatments. It is intended that each course attendee be able to immediately utilize the covered techniques to improve their clinical efficiency.

Course Instructor

Ted German, PT, AAS, BA, DPT, CIMT, CPRS, has over 18 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and has taught dozens of manual therapy courses all over the country.  He currently works at Group Health Cooperative in Madison, WI as a spine specialist.  He also works in the Urgent Care Physical Therapy department at GHC and is currently developing an Acute Low Back Pain program.  Dr. German’s education includes a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, MN; a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN; and an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from Lourdes College, Sylvania, OH.  He is a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist and a Certified Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist.  He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section.  Dr. German’s other significant teaching experiences include guest lectures on “Pilates for Rehabilitation” for St. Catherine University’s Orthopedics Department and “Risk Factors for Patellofemoral Pain Among Females” at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting.

An Encounter with Touch: Successful Treatment of Chronic Pain with Myofascial Release and Mindfulness

November 11-13, 2021
22 Contact Hours, Program #13675
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$600 before 10/11/2021; $650 after 10/11/2021

Course Description

Patients with chronic pain or with complicated issues are the most challenging problems we therapists face. It is the worst nightmare for many therapists! Our typical, narrow approach provides only temporary relief, resulting in patients cycling through our offices, frustrating both them and us. But it does not have to be that way! These patients require a multi-faceted approach with a different set of tools than do people with acute physical injuries. If you feel inexperienced or uncomfortable assessing and treating patients with chronic pain, this course is for you. You will gain new modalities, approaches, and skills… The tools you need to successfully treat these patients.

This class is designed for therapists who are new to Myofascial Release (MFR) and Mindfulness, who want to deepen their manual therapy skills and who may or may not have some experience with treating people with chronic pain. To achieve these goals, you will be learning a multidimensional treatment approach combining mindfulness strategies with soft-tissue mobilization, deep soft tissue release, and therapeutic exercise.

Through hands-on lab sessions you will learn:

  1. The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach.
  2. Centering and grounding skills for yourself and for your patients.
  3. Advanced palpation skills in order to recognize myofascial stress patterns unique to each patient.
  4. How to design home programs unique to the individual patient.

Course Instructor

Michele Rozansky, PT, I have always gravitated to working with people living with long-term challenges. My first patients were children having neurological pathophysiology, who had suffered a brain injury either in the womb or at birth. In the 1980s, I studied Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), then the cutting edge in physical therapy.

NDT is a unique philosophy: All parts of the body and mind are connected, a new concept at the time for physical therapists. We had in-depth training of the human movement system to understand postural control from head to toe. We deepened our palpation skills practicing therapeutic handling to offer easier ways to move. Our children learned to navigate their bodies with more ease as they moved differently, integrating new sensations into their bodies. Therapy depended on the child’s ability to notice a new felt sense and then to use it.  Another valuable gift of NDT was that I learned to evaluate a child in a comprehensive manner; I learned to ask gentle, intuitive questions that helped me understand the physical, emotional, and mental issues the child carried.

In the 1990s, I broadened my skills once more when I studied another cutting- edge approach: Myofascial Release (MFR), to address spasticity in children. I soon began treating adults with chronic pain, another population living with severe stressors, sometimes for years. MFR gave me another tactile way to apply the principles of NDT.

While working with these adults, I had two insights: 1. I could use every aspect of my pediatric training with injured adults because their bodies demonstrated the same atypical behaviors as the children had with neurological impairments; 2. MFR not only relaxed severe pain/stress in the body, it was also the tool I used to guide my patients to feel and to shift the pain/stress sensations in their bodies.

Working with people living with chronic pain is difficult, challenging, heartbreaking, and it is a privilege — inspiring, meaningful, and fun! My practice grounds me and keeps me accountable. My patients teach me something new every day and it is hard work.

Over the past several years, I have seen many smiles of relief and joy, patients whose chronic pain has diminished or resolved. After decades of learning how to treat chronic pain one body part at a time, and one treatment method at a time, I set a new goal for myself: I wanted to teach others, to present this information to therapists in an integrated way, so they could reach a deeper, more effective, and more lasting way to serve their patients.

To accomplish this goal, I have designed a unique, total body treatment approach, a consolidation of my life’s work, taking the best aspects of each method. The program combines advanced techniques of evaluation inquiry, MFR, Mindfulness, and more. With practice, therapists can integrate these techniques into their unique skill set. This approach works because each holistic technique is a piece of the puzzle, we must address to help this complex population.

Today my purpose and my passion is to share these skills with you so that every day of your career, you will know you have given your patients a comprehensive, holistic, caring path to their better life. Together we will touch so many more patients in need. Together we can change the world . . . for many people who live with pain. I hope to see you in class.

Heather Martin, OTD, OTR, is a faculty member in the Occupational Therapy Department at Mount Mary University and has been training future occupational therapists for the past fifteen years. Her clinical experience focuses on pediatric practice, especially in outpatient settings, and her passion stems from these interactions with children and families. Heather brings this passion to the classroom in educating her students with an awareness and focus on providing support for not only the child, but for the entire family unit.

It is because of this passion that she began exploring ways to use mindfulness practices to support parents and families. As part of her doctoral work, she developed a Mindfulness program that uses this intervention to support parents of children with special needs, with a focus on introducing various mindfulness techniques and educating parents in its foundational concepts. Her desire to support parents and families continues to lead her in seeking out additional ways to share this information with other professionals, knowing the impact that mindfulness can have in their lives and the lives of the clients and families they serve.

Clinical Pain Science for The Low Back, Pelvis, and Hip

November 12-13, 2021
14 Contact Hours, Program #13850
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$525 before 10/12/2021; $575 after 10/12/2021

Course Description

This 2-day course will focus on how to use an evidence-based framework to achieve better outcomes in the treatment of the low back, pelvis and hips for manual and movement therapists. An understanding of current pain science and biopsychosocial principles will be learned and applied to help participants re-conceptualize pain and inform their clinical decision making. Participants will learn how to adapt their current practice and be more comfortable in their communication and application of manual therapy techniques, therapeutic movement and exercises using current principles of the pain sciences. This course provides the opportunity to learn how manual therapy, movement modification and therapeutic exercises can be implemented to improve patient outcomes. General and specific movement and exercise interventions will be learned and practiced.

Course Instructor

Eric Purves, RMT, is a registered massage therapist, based in Victoria, BC Canada. In 2010, he opened Achieve Health, a multidisciplinary healthcare clinic which offers services across five different health care professions; massage therapy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and acupuncture. Eric’s main area of clinical and rehabilitation interest is ‘Persistent Pain Management’. He is a faculty member with PainBC, where he teaches workshops for RMT’s on pain management. Eric has been invited to instruct pain management strategies for manual and movement therapists, at various events throughout Canada and the US. He also sits on the executive board of the professional association’s (RMTBC) professional practice group (PPG) in pain management; where the group’s goal is to provide education, research and evidence based treatments for more effective pain management strategies in the manual and movement therapies.

Tai Chi Fundamentals® (TCF) Adapted Program Basic Moves Training

November 12-13, 2021
16 Contact Hours, Program #14094
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$420 before 10/19/2021; $450 after 10/19/2021

Course Description

Course teaches TCF Adapted Program Basic Moves: Optional Side Support, Walker & Seated versions; introduces all versions of the TCF Short Form Part 1. Features Mind/body Skills training, applications for wellness, & rehab, partner teaching practicums, includes introduction to the ROM Dance® Program. At the end of this course, a TCF Adapted Program Basic Moves Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants who have demonstrated ability to teach Basic Moves. Course qualifies as partial contact hour’s fulfillment for TCF Instructor Certification.

APPLICATIONS: Balance, orthopedic & neurological rehabilitation, pain management, sports cross training, cardiovascular &respiratory diseases, medically complex, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. Use in hospitals, sub-acute, outpatient clinics, & home care. Teach groups of all ages, abilities, fitness levels in community wellness classes, health clubs, tai chi & martial arts schools, senior centers & long term care facilities.

PROGRAM ELEMENTS: All movements are taught in a motor development progression and have been modified for practice with optional side support, walker support and seated. All 3 versions include:

Basic Moves: a series of exercises that trains postural alignment, body mechanics and energetic components of tai chi. Designed as building blocks for learning tai chi, they are taught in a simple-to-complex progression with discrete, measurable increments in difficulty and have applications as assessment and intervention tools.
Tai Chi Fundamentals Short Form: a flowing sequence of tai chi movements based in Yang Style tai chi and adapted from the original Tai Chi Fundamentals® Form.
Mind/Body Skills Training: integrated into both Basic Moves and Short Form instruction. Fosters attention and focus, a calm observant state of mind, awareness of posture and breathing and physical relaxation. Characteristic of all traditional tai chi practice, Mind/Body Skills training helps foster the cultivation of healthy qi or vital energy.

Course Instructor

Kristi Hallisy, PT, DSc, OCS, CMPT, CEEAA, TCI, is Associate Professor UW-Madison Physical Therapy Program. Her teaching responsibilities include musculoskeletal coursework, health promotion and wellness and independent study in the application of tai chi to personal and professional practice. She is Advanced Certified TCF Instructor and teaches TCF courses to PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs and other health professional nationally.

 

December 2021

No classes are open for December 2021 at this time.

January 2022

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February 2022

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March 2022

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April 2022

Diagnosis and Management of TMJ: An Integrated Approach to Orofacial Pain

April 8-9, 2022
16 Contact Hours, Program #14112
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$525 before 3/8/2022; $575 after 3/8/2022

Course Description

This course will define temporomandibular disorders (TMD) related to diagnosis and conservative interventions. The history of TMD and its medical management will be provided. Major types of TMD as defined by “Diagnostic Criteria for TMD”, or DC/TMD will be examined. Relevant anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and biomechanics of the TMJ related to enabling a thorough clinical examination will be reviewed. Examination processes including basic clinical examinations, special tests, imaging, and differential diagnoses will be detailed. This will assist clinicians to better recognize and treat the primary variations of TMD. Options for conservative management will be provided with specific attention to manual interventions. The necessity of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment will be presented. This multidisciplinary approach will include the dental and biopsychosocial aspects that frequently accompany TMD.

Course Instructor

Eric Cedor, BA, DPT, ScD, COMT, graduated from Louisiana State University’s School of Allied Health with a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2006. He went on to acquire a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi. Eric achieved certification in manual therapy of the spine through IAOM-US in conjunction with his acquisition of a doctorate of science degree through the Health Sciences Center at Texas Tech University. He currently maintains an extensive outpatient practice while serving as director at an orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Covington, Louisiana. Eric frequently lectures at both the physical therapy and dental schools within the LSU educational system.
 

May 2022

No classes are open for May 2022 at this time.
 

June 2022

No classes are open for June 2022 at this time.
 

July 2022

No classes are open for July 2022 at this time.
 

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