This program will guide participants in using clinical reasoning and application of evidence-based manual examination and intervention to manage upper quarter musculoskeletal pain and pathology in patients with a spinal cord injury (SCI) from acute inpatient to chronic outpatient settings. Manual therapy management of the most common cervical, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand conditions will be covered through presentation, discussion, and interactive hands-on lab material. Participants will learn about the theoretical mechanisms behind the use of manual therapy in pain and mobility management, indications/contraindications for manual therapy in the those with SCI, and practice joint mobility examination and manual therapy techniques. These techniques will include modifications for patients with various precautions and levels of injury.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Describe the key signs and symptoms of the most common upper quarter musculoskeletal pain conditions in patients with SCI.
- Describe the indications for the application of manual therapy.
- Describe the absolute and relative contraindications for the application of manual therapy.
- Apply manual therapy interventions to manage common upper extremity MSK conditions in patients with SCI.