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Differential Diagnosis and Medical Screening Made Easy

Instructors

MichelleR-SmallPrimary Instructors

Patrick Hoban, PT, MS, ATC, FF-CIMT  Learn more about Patrick

Michelle Reinink, PT, DPT, OCS  Learn more about Michelle

 

Course Description

As the profession of Physical Therapy has progressed, the importance of differential diagnosis and medical screening has increased, especially with the mandate of Autonomous Practice.  This class will give the clinician the ability to screen the multiple body organ systems for diseases and syndromes that are not of musculoskeletal origin.  This seminar will focus on giving the clinician specific tools and a systematic structure for being able to identify potential flags that could signal specific diseases and syndromes.  This will be done through both the history/questionnaire and hands-on testing and evaluation.  Often times, it is through a process of elimination that the differential diagnosis occurs.

Course Schedule

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2014 SCHEDULE

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Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to demonstrate the ability to describe in oral and written fashion:

    • 3 different scenarios how the cardiovascular system that can create musculoskeletal symptoms in a man or woman over 40 years old
    • 3 different scenarios how the pulmonary system that can create musculoskeletal symptoms in a man or woman over 50 years old
    • 3 different scenarios how the gastrointestinal system that can create musculoskeletal symptoms in a man or woman over 30 years old
    • 2 different scenarios how the hepatobiliary system that can create musculoskeletal symptoms in a man or woman over 40 years old
    • 2 different scenarios how the renal and urlogynecologic system that can create musculoskeletal symptoms in a woman
    • 3 different scenarios how cancer can create musculoskeletal symptoms in a person
    • 2 different scenarios how the endocrine system that can create musculoskeletal symptoms in a man or woman over 30 years old 
    • the framework by which differential diagnosis and medical screening will occur
    • 6 different scenarios how two of the following:  cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, renal / urogynecological, and endocrine systems contrast and compare
    • 6 different scenarios when a patient should be referred back to a physician

 

Topics & Regions Covered

  • Overview of the different body organ systems which create musculoskeletal symptoms
  • The history and questionnaire which helps to begin the screening process
  • Constitutional Symptoms as yellow and red flags for screening
  • The upper extremity
  • The lower extremity
  • The trunk
  • The head

Course Outline

Saturday 
7:30am Continental breakfast, pre-test
8:00am

Lecture: Introduction, body organ systems

9:00am Lecture: The patient history / initial questionnaire
10:00am Break
10:15am Lecture: Constitutional Symptoms, yellow flags and red flags
11:00am Lab:  Questioning patients with an ear toward screening
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Lecture: Organ system cluster symptoms – Cardiovasc, Pulmonary, Hematologic
3:00pm Break
3:15pm Lecture: Organ system cluster symptoms – Gastrointestinal, Renal/Urologic, Hepatic
4:00pm Lecture: Organ system cluster symptoms – Immunologic; Cancer cluster symptoms
4:30pm Lab – small groups – describing organ system cluster symptoms
5:00pm Adjourn
Sunday 
7:30am Continental breakfast
8:00am

Review session of Saturday

8:30am Lecture:  Pain by body region – Lower back
9:15am Lecture:  Pain by body region – Lower Quadrant (Hip, buttock and groin)
10:00am Break
10:15am Lecture:  Pain by body region – Sacrum, SI and Pelvis
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Lecture:  Pain by body region – Chest, Scapular, Thoracic
3:00pm Break
3:15pm Lecture:  Pain by body region – Wrist, Shoulder
4:00pm Lecture:  Pain by body region – Head
4:30pm Adjourn

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