Our PT Continuing Education Courses

The Role of Lower Extremity Dominance in Orthopedic Injury

Hand dominance, or “handedness”, are blanket terms used to describe how an
individual has a tendency to develop a preferred hand / arm to perform skilled tasks. There is a significant amount of research that assists the clinician in operationally defining hand dominance.

Knowing a patient’s hand dominance may at times guide our treatments, but what information do we have in regards to lower extremity dominance? How do we define lower extremity dominance? Are there orthopedic repercussions for lower extremity biases that we should be observing, documenting, and providing interventions for?

This course will give the student insight into the often overlooked topic of lower
extremity dominance and how we might be able to address both chronic and episodic orthopedic injuries.

Clip 1: The Three Hop Test
Clip 2: Resting on LIgaments
Clip 3: Stabilization Exercises

Addressing the Basics of Upper Extremity Diagnoses and Treatments

This course gives the student a detailed look at some of the basics of hand and upper extremity therapy and is taught at the level of new clinicians to clinicians with a moderate amount of experience. This course is useful for clinicians who are interested in starting to study for the CHT (Certified Hand Therapist) exam, or for those who are simply interested in bolstering a knowledge base for the upper extremities.

This course includes anatomy review, mechanics review, video tutorials for simple splints, and review of evidenced-based studies that point the clinician in the right direction for effective interventions. Topics of discussion include elbow epicondylitis, stiff elbows, thumb ulnar collateral ligament injuries, mallet fingers, finger joint contractures, trigger fingers, Dequervain’s tenosynovitis, and finger pulley injuries.

Clip 1: Intervention
Clip 2: Static Splints
Clip 3: Stiff Elbows

Physics 101 for Rehabilitation Professionals

How can I decrease my chances of falling on ice or slick surfaces? Exactly how much resistance am I using with this leg sled press? Which exercise is going to target my gluteus maximus more, a dead lift or a smith machine squat?

As rehabilitation and training professionals, we need to be accurate and thoughtful in providing answers to these types of questions. The purpose of this course is to give a comprehensive physics review, from the bottom up (don’t be intimidated), that will enhance your ability to answer questions thoughtfully with a solid base of knowledge in the physical sciences.

Our first course, Physics 101, starts with reviewing the basic cartesian coordinate system and trigonometry. The coursework then builds on this foundation to explore vectors, forces, Newton’s laws, center of mass, friction, tension, and torque. This will provide you with a great review of physics with the ultimate goal of providing you with the tools to answer patient questions in a sound, competent manner. After all, our patients are more likely to be compliant with their exercises and behavior modifications if they sense that you have a firm grip on the basic physical science behind their inquiries!

Physics 102 for Rehabilitation Professionals

This course builds on the concepts of Physics 101. (If you already have a decent knowledge base of your introductory physics course from school, it may not be necessary to take Physics 101 first, but it is otherwise recommended).

In this course, we tackle the fantastic concepts of work, simple machines, pulleys, power, and the interconnectivity between gravitational and kinetic energies. All of this information is presented with examples and concepts that are very relevant to rehabilitation and training.

In the same spirit as Physics 101, the purpose of this course of study is to make you contemplate these concepts as they relate to your practice. These tools will make you a better educator for your patients and clients!

Clip 1: Practical Examples
Clip 2: Pendulums