EIM’s PTA Orthopaedic Skills Weekend Intensive Course is a live interactive course designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill level in the evidence-based management of individuals with common upper and lower quarter disorders and dysfunction. Participants will gain pragmatic knowledge in the areas of safety, professionalism, clinical decision-making, pain neuroscience education and data collection. In addition, attendees will spend much of the weekend learning and practicing evidence-based manual techniques and exercise interventions in order to improve patient outcomes. For the best learning scenario for attendees, 8 to 10 hours of online learning precede the weekend course. Precourse work is not required for PTA Specialty Certification in Orthopaedics program students having already completed required foundational components. Learn more about the PTA Specialty Certification in Orthopaedics program here.

To maximize the effectiveness of the PT/PTA team our program enhances knowledge of evidence-based interventions, pain neuroscience education, and emphasizes mastery in delivering therapeutic exercises. We teach PTAs manual techniques related to ROM acquisition, stretching and exercise, but not joint mobilization.


Course Highlights

  1. Significant time is dedicated to enhancing manual techniques and exercise, while respecting the position statements of the APTA and AAOMPT.
  2. Content learned in the course is clinically relevant and able to be incorporated into daily practice immediately.
  3. Attendees will learn highly effective strategies for educating and treating patients with persistent pain.
  4. Physical therapist assistants will leave this course with improved confidence and skills to enhance their role in the PT/PTA team.


Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss and implement pain neuroscience education for the appropriate patient case.
  2. Demonstrate safe and professional behaviors when treating patients with common musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Synthesize and analyze data from the upper quarter/lower quarter clinical examination based on best practice.
  4. Enhance the clinical decision-making of the PTA treating a patient with upper and lower quarter conditions and dysfunction.
  5. Select, implement, and defend decision-making related to key elements of a basic and advanced exercise prescription for patients dealing with common upper and lower quarter conditions and dysfunction , within the PT plan of care.
  6. Select, implement, and defend decision-making related to manual techniques for patients dealing with common upper and lower quarter conditions and dysfunction, within the PT plan of care.


References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.


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