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Management of Cervical & Thoracic Disorders


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EIM’s Management of Cervical & Thoracic Disorders course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill level in the evidence-based management of individuals with cervical-thoracic spine and ribcage disorders and dysfunction. This course is offered in three different formats, with an emphasis on either hands-on skills or didactic knowledge. You can view more information about each format below.

  • Price: $600
    Hours: 24

    This weekend intensive lab focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice.

    Upon completion of this course, a successful learner will be able to: 

    1. Synthesized and analyzed data from the cervical and thoracic spine clinical examination based on signs and symptoms and treatment-based classification.
    2. Determined a diagnosis and/or impairments and use sound clinical reasoning and treatment-based classifications to guide patient/client management.
    3. Utilized a consistent clinical process to effectively screen for systematic disease and non-musculoskeletal pathology in patients with cervical and thoracic pain.
  • Price: $600
    Hours: 24

    This course is a virtual lab offering made up of 4 modules.  Each module contains a self-directed portion, as well as an active learning portion.  The self-directed lab portion is a video-instructed clinical application class consisting of orthopedic evaluation and treatment techniques. There are multiple short lectures with technique demonstration videos in each module which learners view independently.  The active learning portion of the course includes activities such as: technique practice on a partner; recording various technique demonstrations for viewing by peers and faculty via an asynchronous learning platform; and live, synchronous sessions in an online meeting platform.  Synchronous sessions emphasize clinical decision-making and application of the techniques learned in the lab. Other learning activities include a summative learning assignment (quiz) at the conclusion of the course. For those taking the Virtual Lab outside of an EIM program, pre-course work is included to familiarize learners with the highlights of the 8-week didactic content.  A heavy focus is placed on the skill development and proficient use of examination, mobilization, and manipulation interventions for the lumbopelvic region. 

    Upon completion of this course, a successful learner will be able to: 

    1. Perform key elements of a cervicothoracic screening exam. 
    2. Demonstrate key examination tests and measures for the cervicothoracic region. 
    3. Analyze the examination results and select the best intervention using a case-based example. 
    4. Perform key treatment techniques for the cervicothoracic region. 
    5. Be able to reflect on the effectiveness of the intervention strategy. 
    6. Match the selection of the exercise prescription to support the manual technique. 

    Learn more about the virtual lab experience here.

  • Price: $1,200
    Hours: 46.5

    This course is built upon a learner’s prior knowledge of the management of those with cervical and thoracic disorders providing learners with the skills necessary to optimize outcome and enhance the quality of care for those with cervical and thoracic related disorders. Learner’s will train the mind to think and apply the course content into the clinical setting to enhance the quality of care provided to those with cervical and thoracic related disorders. The learner will build upon prior knowledge, ascertain new knowledge, and be able to integrate and apply such knowledge within a clinical setting.  In addition, learners will be able to engage in a process of self-reflection to develop a plan for further individual growth. 

    Upon completion of this course, a successful learner will be able to: 

    1. Recognize neck pain as a significant social and economic problem 
    2. Integrate the current treatment-based classification system for neck pain  
    3. Utilize deductive and inductive reasoning strategies within management of individuals of neck pain within their personal practice  
    4. Perform a subjective examination/patient interview to guide clinical decision making 
    5. Implement principles of differential screening  
    6. Perform a physical examination within an efficient and effective manner to guide further clinical decisions 
    7. Develop an inclusive plan of care guided by the patient interview and physical examination 
    8. Prioritize effective and efficient interventions while considering the developed plan of care. 
    9. Reflect on intervention provided and adjust a plan of care accordingly 
    10. Interpret clinical outcome for the purpose of clinical assessment to enhance clinical decision making  
    11. Reflect upon clinical outcome measurement as mechanism that can guide clinical decisions and areas of professional growth 

Dates and Locations

2-Day Weekend Intensive

8-Week Online Didactic

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4-Week Virtual Lab

  • Why EIM

    We’re reimagining health care education that takes you to the next next level. With learning that takes place where you are, evidence-based practice, and better outcomes for your patients, our education is transformative. That’s why EIM.

  • This is by far the best course I have taken with EIM thus far. The manual skills learned during this course are incredibly applicable to cervicothoracic patient populations, and I'm already using my newly acquired skill set. Course Graduate

  • Gaining not only the hands on skills that you do at the course, one of the best things about the course was learning more about the how/why; with evidence to back it up. Course Graduate



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