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Orthopedic Clinical Examination, Diagnosis and Treatment: Becoming an Expert

presented by Eric Hegedus

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course by Dr. Eric Hegedus PT, DPT, MHSC, OCS, CSCS serves as the introduction to our series of courses on musculoskeletal evidence-based examination and treatment. Through interaction with your faculty, Dr. Eric Hegedus, Dr. Chad Cook, and Dr. Lexie Wright, you will be exposed to the fundamentals of examination and treatment and but have the opportunity to integrate advanced concepts and material that will impact your practice immediately.
Meet Your Instructor

Eric Hegedus, PT, DPT, MHSc, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Eric J Hegedus has had a notable 21-year career as a leader and innovator in physical therapist education, research, and clinical practice and is founding Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Department at High Point University. Dr Hegedus also is founder and director of Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM). TEAM is a community-based…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Introduction

Explain the funnel shape of the examination sequence. Identify the type of clinical reasoning represented by the paradigm. Outline the ideal clinical decision making model. Justify the need for a treatment-based/impairment-driven diagnosis.

2. Foundational Concepts of Diagnosis

Compare and contrast sensitivity and specificity in the context of clinical diagnosis. Identify the correct formula for determining sensitivity and specificity. Outline the utility of specificity and sensitivity in the context of clinical diagnosis.

3. Overview of Patient Interview, Outcomes Measures, and Observation

Outline the biases involved in the patient interview process. Identify the factors that can help assess depression in a patient. Explain the keys factors in active listening when taking a patient history. Discuss the importance of using a broad to narrow approach in patient observation.

4. Triage/Screening/Sensitive Tests: Ruling Out and Making the First Order Decision

Discuss the utility of a screening examination in the clinical assessment process. Compare and contrast the key elements in the upper and lower quarter screen.

5. The Rest of the Examination

Discuss the level of objective evidence regarding the diagnostic value of motion testing, palpation, and muscle testing. Explain the utility of motion testing in the screening process. Compare and contrast “make” and “break” tests in the motion testing examination. Explain the importance of PPM’s in the musculoskeletal examination.

6. Orthopaedic Diagnosis, Treatment, and Treatment-Based Classification

Identify the most important skills in the treatment based classification process. Justify the use of a treatment-based classification system in clinical practice. Explain the inverted funnel shape of the examination sequence. Identify an example of a diagnosis that typifies regional interdependence.

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