• CREDIT HOURS: 3
    Course Description

    The instructional focus of this course is on developing advanced clinical reasoning skills related to determining a client's appropriateness for services. The course builds on concepts of evidence-based clinical practice as they are used to identify conditions that might mimic neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction. In particular, when to screen clients and how to refer is the focus of Part 1 of the course series entitled Medical Screening for the Healthcare Professional.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:
    • Describe the role of screening for systemic disease in making a healthcare professional assessmen
    • Screen for systemic disease based on client history, clinical presentation, and presence of associated signs and symptoms
    • Identify which conditions require medical referral.
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  • CREDIT HOURS: 5

    The instructional focus of this course is on developing advanced clinical reasoning skills related to determining a client’s appropriateness for healthcare and therapy. The course builds on concepts of evidence-based clinical practice as they are used to identify conditions that might mimic neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction. In particular, screening for cancer is the focus of this Part 2 of the series: Medical Screening for the Healthcare Professional.


    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:

    • Define terminology associated with cancer
    • List statistics related to incidence, mortality and morbidity
    • Identify basic metastatic process
    • Name the most common risk factors for cancer
    • Identify the systems most often affected by cancer metastasis in a healthcare professional's practice
    • Describe the corresponding clinical manifestations of each system affected by cancer metastasis
    • List clinical signs and symptoms corresponding to paraneoplastic syndromes

  • CREDIT HOURS: 6

    This course is designed for healthcare professionals working with clients in all settings and at all levels from beginner to advanced.

    Section 1 of this course will review clues suggesting systemic or viscerogenic back pain and take you through each system that can refer pain or symptoms to the back. This will include GI, pulmonary, renal and urologic, gynecologic, and vascular (both peripheral and cardiovascular) causes of neck or back pain.
    Section 2 of this course focuses on clues suggesting systemic or viscerogenic shoulder pain and take you through each system that can refer pain or symptoms to the shoulder. This will include the GI, pulmonary, renal, gynecologic, and vascular causes of shoulder pain. Primary or metastatic cancer as an underlying cause of shoulder pain is included in this course on screening the shoulder. Breast cancer is always a consideration with upper quadrant pain or shoulder dysfunction.

    The instructional focus of this course is on developing advanced clinical reasoning skills related to determining a client’s appropriateness for physical therapy. The course builds on concepts of evidence-based clinical practice as they are used to identify conditions that might mimic neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction. In particular, screening for back and shoulder pain is the focus of Part 3 of the series: Medical Screening for the Healthcare Professional.

    Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:
    • List possible causes of viscerogenic or systemic-induced back and shoulder pain and dysfunction
    • List signs and symptoms of systemic origin affecting the back and shoulder, including the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
    • Describe pain patterns referred to the back and shoulder originating from each visceral organ system, including:
      • Cancer
      • Gastrointestinal (GI)
      • Pulmonary
      • Renal and Urologic
      • Gynecologic
      • Vascular
    • Recall special questions to ask men and women with significant risk factors, significant past medical history, suspicious clinical presentation and/or associated signs and symptoms that correlate with systemic disease presenting as back and/or shoulder pain
    • Describe which back or shoulder conditions require medical referral