Therapeutic Exercise for the Lumbar Spine and Lower Extremities: From Isolation to Integration

Presenter:  Dr. Danny McMillian - Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program

Date:  Saturday, June 7, 2014
              8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:  Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences
                    University of Puget Sound
                    Tacoma, WA

Course Description:  This course is designed to provide 1) a theoretical framework for prescribing therapeutic exercise, and 2) an opportunity to teach and perform high-value exercises for the lumbar spine and lower extremities. As the title suggests, the course will cover a broad spectrum of exercise needs. Isolated exercises to target localized mobility or stability impairments will be followed by integrated movement patterns that are functionally relevant. Consideration for regional interdependence of the kinetic chain will be prominently featured.  Lectures will address fundamentals of exercise science, the evidence for therapeutic exercise interventions, and the theoretical basis for clinical decision making in the absence of clear evidence. Labs will allow participants the opportunity to perform, teach, and critique the exercises.

Unique features of this course include: 1) coverage of functional movement assessments that compliment standard musculoskeletal examinations and guide therapeutic exercises choices, 2) program design for wellness and performance, and 3) guidance on starting late-rehab, group-exercise programs.

Objectives: Upon course completion, participants will be able to:
1.  prioritize therapeutic exercise interventions based on an individual’s primary movement impairments.
2.  identify both isolated and integrated therapeutic exercise needs.
3.  describe the evidence for choosing therapeutic activities.
4.  explain how exercise prescription variables are manipulated in order to meet an individual’s specific needs for rehabilitation, wellness, and performance.
5.  demonstrate or describe the proper execution of mobility, strength/power, and motor control exercises.

Class limit:  20 participants

Contact hours: 7