March 2017
 March 11, 2017 @ 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Title: Byproducts of Cervical Disc Degeneration: Manual and Exercise Intervention


Therapeutic Exercise Lab:  5035 Human Health Building

Oakland University School of Health Sciences Human Health Building 433 Meadow Brook Road Rochester, MI 48309-4452. Map:!ct/5468,6596,6597,6598,6600

Course details: 4 hour course with lecture/lab. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the course from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Approved for 4 CEU credits through MPTA.


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Course Description: This is an advanced half day course featuring cervical manual and exercise intervention that will assist practicing clinicians already familiar with various cervical mobilization techniques,cervical  biomechanics, cervical  degeneration. The interventions demonstrated and practiced will assist clinicians in modifying their current mobilization procedures for patients who present with disc degeneration and resultant segmental hypermobility, instability, and radiculitis adjacent to stiffened (hypomobile). segments. Prescription of several key cervical stabilization exercises will also be discussed, demonstrated and practiced. Intended audience: Licensed Physical Therapists

Speaker:  Professor Creighton is a full-time faculty member at Oakland University and clinician at Team Rehabilitation in Farmington Hills. He has taught extensively for over 25 years in the areas of orthopedic patient examination, orthopedic manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise intervention. He has published numerous articles and two text books in these same areas of clinical practice.

Upon completion of this course, the learner will know the following:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will:
1.            Identify the grades of intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration.
2.            Comprehend the effects of IVD degeneration and its relationship to cervical instability/hypermobility.
3.            Comprehend which lower cervical segments typically degenerate and become subject to instability and radiculitis.
4.            Comprehend the relationship between IVD degeneration and the development of cervical spondylotic changes.
5.            Identify how cervical degenerative changes are associated with the development of cervical radiculitis
6.            Discuss how the simultaneous application of manual traction during the application of common cervical mobilizations may prevent patient injury and other minor adverse reactions.
1.            Detect changes in segmental motion during lower cervical mobilization during the performance of manual axis shifting.
2.            Display an ability to shift lower cervical segmental motion to the left or right side of a segment during a common lower cervical mobilization technique.
3.            Display an ability to deliver a manual traction load into an unstable cervical segment while mobilizing an adjacent segment.
4.            Display an ability to deliver a manual traction load into a cervical segment with radiculitis while mobilizing an adjacent segment.
5.            Demonstrate the most appropriate direction to mobilize a lower cervical segment with advanced spondylotic changes.
6.            Demonstrate the most appropriate direction to mobilize an upper cervical segment without placing significant tensile load on upper cervical ligamentous structures and the V3 segment of the vertebral artery.
7.            Describe  and prescribe safe and effect cervical stabilization exercises for lower cervical hypermobility and instabilty

          Cost: $40 for MPTA Physical Therapist members, $85 for Physical Therapist non-members

          Registration: link to be available in Mid December. Course registrations will be limited to 20 participants.

April 2017
July 2017
September 2017
 September 9, 2017 @ 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Scheduled Northern District event:

  • Safe Patient Handling Skills Continuing Education Course + District meeting
    • Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8:30am - 5pm at CMU Health Professions Building 
    • More information soon
 September 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM to September 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
October 2017
 October 13, 2017 to October 14, 2017

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