Orthopedic Clinical Examination, Diagnosis and Treatment: Becoming an Expert

presented by Eric Hegedus

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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 health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury. In addition to his administrative duties, Professor Hegedus has directed and taught Musculoskeletal Practice Management courses where he has won the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section James a Gould teaching Award. He is also a four-time winner of the “Duke DPT Excellence in Teaching” award and a three-time nominee for Duke Medical Center’s prestigious Master Clinician Educator Award. In addition to his love for teaching, Dr. Hegedus is a lifelong student with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University, a Master of Health Science degree from Duke University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University, a board specialty in orthopedic physical therapy, and a specialty certification in strength and conditioning. Finally, Dr. Hegedus, is a productive scholar with more than 40 peer reviewed PubMed articles, 3 book chapters, and a textbook entitled, “Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests: An Evidence-Based Approach” now in it's second edition and translated into 5 languages

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Introduction

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.