Treatment of Common Extremity Dysfunction through Mobilization

Course Description

There are few classes available where you will learn how to treat so many common extremity dysfunctions with so much success. This is a class that will change how you look at common extremity diagnoses and will help you to start treating differently on Monday morning. The focus of the class is using joint mobilization to normalize the stress on the tissues around a joint; immediately decreasing the stress on the tissues and secondary pain that this creates. This will take your understanding of extremity mobilization far beyond what you learned in school. 

As with all of our manual therapy courses, this seminar will follow a progression of principles and reinforce them throughout the 16 hours, is at least 75% hands-on lab, and will give the clinician hands-on skills they use immediately upon their return to the clinical setting.

Extremity Course Schedule

Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Accurately explain the rationale for performing joint mobilization and its specific physiological effects
  • Explain and correctly demonstrate grading, oscillation techniques and sustained-hold techniques of joint mobilizations
  • Accurately identify the joint surface anatomy of each joint discussed in this course.
  • Accurately explain the application of the joint surface anatomy to the mechanics of each joint discussed in this course
  • Demonstrate proper extremity mobilization technique, hand placement, and body mechanics during lab scenarios

 

Topics Covered

  • Overview of surface structure and its effect on mobilization
  • Introduction and review of conservative and aggressive mobilization techniques with emphasis on functional application
  • Introduction and review of dynamic mobilization techniques
  • The shoulder / scapula
  • The elbow
  • The wrist and hand
  • The hip
  • The knee
  • The ankle and foot
  • Application to specific clinical situations

Course Instructors

Jeff Garbacz

PT, DPT, CIMT


Jeff began his education as a physical therapist at Albion College where he received a B.A. in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on Biomechanics. He went onto the University of Michigan to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Jeff has extensive clinical experience working with the orthopedic population. He utilizes manual therapy in combination with a functionally based exercise to allow his patients to return to their prior functional level. Jeff's philosophy in treating patients involves finding the origin of the problem versus treating the symptoms, allowing problems to go away and stay away. Jeff has trained the primary instructors for the Knee and Shoulder courses and is the primary instructor for the Extremity Mobilization course for Great Lakes Seminars. Jeff is the Director of Operations for Advanced Physical Therapy in Southfield, MI.

Jeff Garbacz

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lecture: Introduction, overview of anatomy, biomechanics, mobilizations

10:00am

Lecture: Discussion of hypertonicity vs adaptive shortening, tendinosis vs. tendinitis, muscle weakness vs muscle inhibition

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: The shoulder complex mobilizations

4:30pm

Review

5:00pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lab: Speed mobilizations

8:30am

Lab: The elbow complex mobilizations

10:00am

Lab: The wrist/hand complex mobilizations

11:15am

Lab: The hip complex mobilizations

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: The knee complex mobilizations

3:00pm

Lab: The foot/ankle complex mobilizations

3:45pm

Case studies/speed mobilizations

4:15pm

Review

4:30pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics

5:00pm

Adjourn

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