McKenzie Cervical Course

This course is now on a waiting list only.
Course requirements: 
Must have completed Level A lumbar course first.

Audience: PT
Course level: Intermediate
Date: Nov. 3rd-6th, 2011
Check-in time:7:30-8:00 a.m.
Class time: 8:00-5:15 p.m. Day one - Day 3
Day 4: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Contact Hours: 28.0

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Gary Dykes, PT, Dip. MDT graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  Following completion of his residency program in Austin, Texas, he tested and received his Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2003.  Gary currently is co-owner of Advanced Rehab Center, with clinics in Albany, Americus, and Cordele, Georgia. 

The course focuses on the application of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for the cervical and thoracic spine.  Each major subdivision of the course has very specific educational objectives.  In more general terms, the goals of this course are that you gain knowledge and skills that form the basis from which you may begin to develop your own abilities in applying these principles. 

Following attentive participation in, and completion of , this course will provide participants with the introductory knowledge, basic skills and abilities to begin to:

  • Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.
  • Distinguish between the McKenzie syndromes (derangement, dysfunction, postural) and other spinal conditions and provide appropriate management regimens for each of the syndromes.
  • Identify when the application of external forces is required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's "progression of forces" concept.
  • Assist patients to design and apply the therapeutic processes on their own to achieve management goals.
Day one:
7:30-8:00 a.m.     Check in/Registration
8:00-8:15 a.m.     Introduction to Course
8:15-9:30 a.m.     Introduction and Epidemiology
9:30-10:30 a.m.   Mechanical Diagnosis: Classification & Definitions
10:30-10:45 a.m. BREAK
10:45-11:15 a.m. Anatomical Considerations Related to MDT
11:15-12:00 a.m. History and Physical Examination
12:00-1:00 p.m.   LUNCH
1:00-2:00 p.m.     History and Physical Examination Continued
2:00-3:00 p.m.     Patient Assessment I
3:00-3:15 p.m.     BREAK
3:15-4:15 p.m.     Patient Demonstration  Patient Assessment 2
4:15-5:15 p.m.     Patient Analysis/Discussion

Day Two
8:00-9:00 a.m.     History and Physical Examination Continued
9:00-10:30 a.m.   Evaluation of Clinical Presentations
10:30-10:45 a.m. BREAK
10:45-12:00 p.m. Reassessment Patients
12:00-1:00 p.m.   LUNCH
1:00-2:00 p.m.     Patient Assessment 3
2:00-3:00 p.m.     Patient Assessment 4
3:00-3:15 p.m.     BREAK
3:15-4:00 p.m.     Procedures of Mechanical Therapy-Theory
4:00-5:15 p.m.     Procedures of Mechanical Therapy-Practical

Day Three
8:00-10:30 a.m.   Management of Derangement Syndrome
10:30-10:45 a.m. BREAK
10:45-12:00 p.m. Reassessment Patients
12:00-1:00 p.m.   LUNCH
1:00-2:00 p.m.     Patient Assessment 5
2:00-3:00 p.m.     Management Dysfunction
3:00-3:30 p.m.     Whiplash
3:30-3:45 p.m.     BREAK
3:45-4:15 p.m.     Management of Postural Syndrome
4:15-4:45 p.m.     Follow-up Evaluations
4:45-5:15 p.m.     Recurrences and Prophylaxis

Day Four
8:00-9:00 a.m.     Cervical Headaches
9:00-10:15 a.m.   Reassessment Patients
10:15-10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:30-12:30 p.m. Thoracic Spine and Practical
12:30-1:00 p.m.   Questions and Answers, Review and Conclusion

This course has been approved for Category I continuing education credit by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy. #4462

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