Exposing the Spinal Pain Imposters:
Differential Diagnosis Following an Evidence-Based Approach -
Physical Occupational Therapy Training Seminar
Screen pain that appears to be from the
musculoskeletal system, though may not be a spinal issue, in this dynamic
seminar. Apply physical tests and scans, explore evaluative processes, and gain
confidence in treating musculoskeletal issues.
Delaying proper treatment due to poor diagnosis is detrimental to a patient's
wellndash;being. The sooner a patient with a nonndash;musculoskeletal issue is
referred to the correct practitioner, the sooner the patient will receive the
best and most appropriate treatment. Join Debra Dent, BPT, Dip Manip PT, OCS,
FCAMPT, as she brings her 40 years of experience together in this dynamic
seminar to explore serious pathologies and diseases of the trunk and spine.
Demonstration of appropriate physical tests and scans for the spine will be
presented, along with the latest evidence in screening and physical testing.
Explore evaluative processes to improve awareness of differential diagnosis and
test results that might be performed by other health professionals. Walk away
with thorough knowledge of appropriate treatments and screenings for patients
with musculoskeletal issues.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
•Articulate the importance of the subjective
evaluation and history in the process of differential diagnosis
•Recognize red and yellow flags for the cervical and shoulder girdle
•Demonstrate a scan for the spine that includes all necessary screening tests to
rule out fractures and certain serious pathologies
•Identify musculoskeletal issues of the thoracic region
•Identify four medical conditions that may refer to the spine but are
non-musculoskeletal in origin and require a physician's intervention
•Apply a full, in-clinic diagnostic scan for the cervical/shoulder girdle region
and the thoracolumbar/pelvic and hip region
•Distinguish the precautions and contraindications of manual therapy in relation
to the spine
What You Should Bring:
••Please wear exercise clothing for lab
DEBRA DENT, BPT, Dip Manip PT, OCS, FCAMPT,
has nearly 40 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine.
She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her
Diploma of Physiotherapy and her Bachelor of Physical Therapy. Ms. Dent also
received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT). She is certified
as a Part B Manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy
Association and is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS).
Ms. Dent was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association prior to
moving to the U.S. She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of
South Florida, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MScPT
undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in
the U.S. and Canada.
Ms. Dent is the owner of Cross Border Seminars (a separate entity from Cross
Country Education) and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Palm
Harbor, Florida. Her primary case load is rheumatology/fibromyalgia patients and
she works with a multitude of related dysfunctions, as well as aging and
"Debra was a wonderful teacher, very
knowledgeable. Very good labs!"
Melissa Fowler, PT
"Great handsndash;on experience with opportunities to ask questions at any
Stephanie Conley, PT
"Fantastic speaker ? new topic to me. Plan to put strategies straight to work!"
Audrey Kendall, OTA
"Excellent presenter, excellent material!"
Cynthia Page, PT
"Instructor was very knowledgeable and interesting!!"
Leigh Cooper, PTA
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
•Physical Therapist Assistants
•Occupational Therapy Assistants
CREDITS - CE Approvals
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Cross Country Education is accredited by the American Association of Nurse
Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing
education. Provider number: 060313. This program was planned in accordance with
AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standards. This
course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
American Nurses Credentialing Center - Cross Country Education, LLC is
accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This course is offered for 6
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. - Cross Country
Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is
offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement
of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA
Educational level Introductory, Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process.
California Board of Registered Nursing - Cross Country Education is
approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 16668, for
7.2 contact hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable
credit for partial attendance may not be awarded.
Florida Board of Nursing - Cross Country Education is an approved
provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is
offered for 6.0 contact hours.
General Statement - This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing
education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards
and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of
completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing
Iowa Board of Nursing - Cross Country Education is an approved provider
with the Iowa Board Of Nursing, approved provider #328. This course is offered
for 7.2 contact hours.
Minnesota Board Of Physical Therapy - This
program has been submitted to the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for 6
continuing education hours for category 1.
Ohio Physical Therapy Association - This program has been submitted for 6
CEUs to the Ohio Physical Therapy Association for Physical Therapists and
Physical Therapy Assistants.
Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy - Cross Country Education is
seeking Direct Access approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical
WV Board Of Physical Therapy - This program has been submitted to the
West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy for 6 Continuing Education hours.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM -