New information regarding changes in the brain following Orthopedic Injuries and Neurovascular Injuries has prompted a different approach to address both peripheral and central changes. Current concepts of using mirror therapy and graded motor imagery, which is a top down treatment, will be presented along with implications for rehabilitation. This course will emphasize a clinical reasoning approach supported by current evidence in the literature for top down treatment Both mirror therapy and graded motor imagery have been effective as a treatment strategy to increase range of motion and improve movement.This is an 8 hour course which consists of lectures, labs and individual case studies. At the completion of this course attendees will have developed skills to take back to the clinic for immediate utilization.
At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:
1. Explain the changes that occur both peripherally and centrally following orthopedic and neurovascular injuries.
2. Describe ways to overcome the fear of moving and the fear of increasing range of motion that hinder functional
3. Understand the patients that would benefit from Mirror Therapy and those that would benefit from a sequential
Graded Motor Imagery Program.
4. Recognize patients that have 4 clinical signs of central sensitization .
5. Identify neural compression and entrapments sites by using provocation tests to differentiate them.
6. Describe the common features for pathological problems such as Phantom limb Pain, Repetitive Stress Injuries,Entrapment Neuropathies, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Cerebral Vascular Accidents etc.
7. Explain the rationale behind soft tissue injuries that cause movement disorders that slow down the progression
to functional outcomes
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