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Achieving Optimal Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgical Outcomes Utilizing Evidence Based Rehab Protocols and Manual Therapy Techniques – North American Seminars Inc.

November 5, 2016 - November 6, 2016


This two-day intermediate-level seminar is designed to enhance a therapist’s primary and intrinsic understanding of surgical approaches and techniques for the cervical and lumbar spine, including microdiscectomy, PLIF, DLIF, TLIF, ACDF, and posterior cervical fusion. Participants will learn manual therapy techniques, including adverse neural tensioning and mobilization of the sciatic, femoral, median, ulnar, and radial nerves. In order to successfully rehabilitate a post-operative spinal surgical patient, the treating therapist should have a working understanding of the specific surgical approach, technique, physiological healing time, mechanical post-op changes, and variables involved from patient to patient in their recoveries. This teaching approach will prepare the participants to recognize the safe rehabilitation procedures and interventions for the respective spinal surgery performed in order to achieve optimal post-operative recovery. The protocols presented will follow these surgical patients from pre-operative instructions through surgery, initial post-operative recovery, and post-operative rehabilitation. With the knowledge of a patient’s pre-operative diagnosis and condition, as well as an in-depth understanding of the surgical approach, technique, and anticipated outcome, the treating therapist will be able to efficiently recognize post-operative movement precautions, post-surgical neuromuscular effects on specific structures related to the surgery, and healing phases to treat the post-surgical spine patient in order to develop the most effective post-operative rehabilitation program. Due to the importance of functional outcomes in the current health care environment, evidence-based outcome measures will also be presented. In addition, the Continuous Quality Improvement data for several spinal surgical procedures will be presented as evidence of surgical protocol effectiveness. Manual therapy techniques in conjunction with protocols will also be taught to enable the therapist to immediately apply information in the clinical setting. This is an intermediate-level course and is applicable for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, and occupational therapy assistants.


San Ramon Regional Medical Center
6001 Norris Canyon Rd
San Ramon, CA 94583 United States
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+1 (925) 275-9200

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