The Aging Spine

Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA
Course level: Intermediate
Date: April 20, 2011
Check in time: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Class time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: International Room A and B at Southdale Hospital.  6401 France avenue South, Edina, MN 55435
Contact hours: 2.0
External Fee: $100.00

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Mary Kremer, PT, graduated from the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences, Rochester, Minnesota in 1977.  She completed a clinical masters with Ola Grimsby in 1993.  Ms. Kremer was certified in Orthopedic medicine and manual therapy through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine in 1991.  She is pursuing a doctorate of science in physical therapy through Texas Tech University.  Currently she works at the Institute of Athletic Medicine in Edina, MN.

Course Description:
This course looks to what we know about how the spine ages to find clues to treat those patients that don't fall under clinical prediction rules or aren't responding as we would hope. Applications will be made to treatment approach.  The lab will include tests for non-objective hypermobility and fine tuning neural testing.

The participant will be able to describe the difference between degeneration and degradation of the lumbar spine.
The participant will be able to utilize special tests to aid in designing treatment plans for low back patients.
The participant will include disc hydration concepts in managing low back pain patients.

5:30-6:00 p.m. - Registration
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Changes in the aging spine.  Lecture
7:00-8:00 p.m. - Evaluation and treatment techniques/lab

This course has been approved for Category 1 continuing education credit by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy #4648

This course is eligible for AOTA approved provider credit. Fairview is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

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