MT-10 Medical Screening of the Spine for Client Referral

MT-10 Medical Screening of the Spine for Client Referral
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Medical Screening of the Spine for Client Referral (MT10)

This course begins with general referral guidelines applicable to any patient complaint.  A brief review of normal physiology will be provided as a basis to understanding non-musculoskeletal hypothesis formation and the impact of pathology on rehabilitation planning.

The course is then organized by area of presenting symptom, for example low back pain. We will explore pathology from the viewpoint of how it contributes to common patient complaints of discomfort/ pain. For each local area of discomfort, a systems screen will be discussed and tools provided to assist the therapist with implementation in the clinic. These tools include the ScreenAssist Questionnaires developed in collaboration with internal medicine physicians.

Case studies will be performed in groups to assist the participant in recognizing risk factors for pathology, identifying signs and symptoms inconsistent with musculoskeletal pain, integrating diagnostic imaging/pharmacology into hypothesis formation, and determining precautions/ contraindications for therapy. Complex patients with multiple co-morbid conditions will be presented to allow for discussions on treatment and goal modification. Communication with physicians and physician extenders will be addressed to allow concise and affective relay of concerns.

MT-10 Objectives


knowledge of the nerve convergence theory and how it relates to visceral  pain patterns through the assessment of patient case scenarios.


the role and limitations of utilizing constitutional symptoms in the medical  screening process.


basic knowledge of system function and dysfunction when constructing a hypothesis for a non-musculoskeletal diagnosis based on symptoms presented in case scenarios. These systems include pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, neurological and integumentary.


the need for physician referral by identifying clusters of symptoms that lead to suspecting, confirming or ruling out the most common non-musculoskeletal pathology encountered by physical therapists.


information in a concise manner that can be easily interpreted when communicating concerns to other medical professionals

MT10 Course Schedule

Day1 Saturday:

8:00am Registration /Welcome-Introductions

8:30 Normal physiology

10:15 Normal Physiology

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 Medical screening for the Lumbar spine

2:45 Medical screening for the Lumbar spine

4:45 Case study

6:00 end

Day 2 Sunday

8:00am Questions/Answers

8:30 Medical screening of the cervical spine

10:45 Medical screening of the cervical spine

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 Communication strategies

2:45 Case studies

4:45 Course Critiques/Certificates

MT10 Course Material


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Manual Therapy Seminars

The OGI offers an internationally and nationally renowned manual physical therapy curriculum based on the innovative and unique concepts. Continuing education courses cover all levels of research in proven concepts and clinical practice derived from the predominant schools of thought in manual therapy, osteopathy, sports medicine, rheumatology, neurology, and radiology. Click on any of the courses listed below for a full description. All courses earn credits toward Certification, Residency and/or Fellowship Programs.

MT-1: Clinical and Scientific Rationale for Modern Manual Therapy

MT-2: Manual Therapy of the Cervical spine, TMJ and Upper Extremity

MT-3: Manual Therapy of the Lumbar Spine, Pelvis and Lower Extremity

MT-5: Clinical Problem Solving

MT-6: Introduction to Spinal Manipulation

MT-7: Dynamic Soft Tissue Mobilization

MT-8: Extremity Joint Manipulation

MT-9: Advanced Manipulation of the Spine

MT-10: Medical Screening

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