Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Kyle Kiesel, PT, PhD, ATC
Dr. Kiesel is an Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy at University of Evansville. His areas of research include motor control of the core and functional movement testing and training. Because of his long-standing interest in athletic performance, injury prediction and recovery, his research has also led to significant work related to functional movement screening,…Read full bio
Todd Arnold, MD
Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with over a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track and Field, and has worked extensively with over 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where the team…Read full bio
1. Cervical Spine
Dr. Kyle Kiesel uses a clinical approach to treat athletes with cervical pain. He starts with the basics, using a clinical approach for medical screening and historical factors, and then moves on to a functional assessment to classify athletes into one of five categories. After completing this chapter, participants will be able to classify patients into the appropriate treatment category and design appropriate interventions for the cervical spine.
2. Thoracic Spine
It is important to use a traditional clinical approach when treating athletes with thoracic pain, starting with medical screening, identifying key historical factors, assessing breathing and regional interdependence, as well as isolated range of motion. In this chapter, Dr. Kiesel discusses the key assessments and tools that can be used in the clinical approach to thoracic pain. The participant will learn about red flags in the thoracic spine, when to refer a patient out, and how to apply these assessments in a clinical setting.
3. Post Case: Wrestler
In this final case study, the participant will test their knowledge of the subjective exam and history, ability to identify red flags, observations, objective exam, and any special tests. Drs. Kiesel and Arnold walk through their exam and solution for this case.
4. Study Materials
For more information on the cervical and thoracic spine, we recommend you look through the following study materials. These materials will help you manage low back pain and see the answers to the advanced case questions.