This course is designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform orthopedic musculoskeletal and neuromuscular evaluations and interventions utilizing manual therapy (to include spinal mobilizations manipulations, and lower extremity mobilizations and manipulations) and therapeutic exercise for the patient with lumbar spine, pelvis, and/or lower extremity pathology. Approximately 30 percent of class time is devoted to lecture on the basics of orthopedic management. This includes class time dealing with the theory of physical therapy assessment and treatment design. Emphasis is placed on the student?s ability to interpret findings from a systemized evaluation and to develop appropriate pathology specific procedures including manual therapy, spinal manipulation, and therapeutic exercise based on current research and literature, as well application of biomechanical theory. The basics of radiologic spine imaging, lower extremity imaging, available imaging modalities, systematic scanning, and appropriateness criteria are covered in detail within this course and integrated into aspects of patient care. Laboratory experience comprises approximately 70 percent of class time for skill development. Clinical experience in the on-site clinic and internships provides opportunities to refine those skills, as well as synthesize information gained in the classroom and lab settings.
Prerequisites: Second year status in the Physical Therapy program.