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Differential Diagnosis: Featuring William Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, DPT, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

RIC Academy

Format(s):   Live Seminars
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy
Contact Hours:   14
Registration Fee:   $595

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
• Compare and contrast the therapist’s role and responsibilities associated with the differential diagnosis/medical screening process with those of physicians.
• Integrate the medical screening principles into an efficient and effective patient examination scheme.
• Evaluate history and physical examination findings (red flags) and determine whether communication with a physician is warranted regarding a patient’s health status.
• Employ strategies to facilitate professional communication between therapist and physician and therapist and patient; including when, how and what to communicate as part of a patient referral.
• Describe the risk factors, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of selected medical conditions representing the various body systems-differentiating between joint, limb and back pain conditions- including visceral pain patterns-those that can be managed by PTs and those that require physician oversight.
• Safely and effectively employ observation, palpation, auscultation and special tests to screen skin, bony and vascular structures, head/neck/shoulder girdle lymph nodes and glandular tissues, cranial nerve function, peripheral neuro/vascular assessment, and screening for non-displaced fractures.
• Effectively pursue additional information associated with differential diagnosis by the therapist.
*The course material is not intended for use outside of any individual's license or regulations.

Target Audience
Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants; Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, and Occupational Therapists

Confirmation Notes
This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 14.0 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 1.425 CEUs or 14.25 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Saturday, April 30th, 2011 7:30 am Registration 1st floor lobby Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Continental Breakfast Magnuson Auditorium (16th floor) Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Entire Day Facilitated by William Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, DPT, FAAOMPT, FAPTA 8:00 Introduction, Therapist Roles/Responsibilities 8:30 Patient case discussion 9:30 Differential diagnosis of low back pain 10:30 Break 10:45 Differential diagnosis of low back pain 11:45 Differential diagnosis of joint pain 12:30 Lunch (on your own) 1:30 pm Differential diagnosis of joint pain 2:30 Differential diagnosis of limb pain 3:30 Break 3:45 Differential diagnosis of limb pain 4:45 Patient case discussion 5:30 Adjourn Sunday, May 1, 2011 7:30 am Continental Breakfast Lobby, RIC Academy (16th floor) Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 8:00 Screening for skin lesions 8:45 Medication screening : NSAIDs 9:30 Break 9:45 Screening for major depression 10:45 Patient cases 11:30 Lunch (on your own) 12:30pm Laboratory Session 3:30pm Adjourn

The patient you are seeing for shoulder, hip or low back pain; any reason to be suspicious of occult cancer or infection, or a fracture? An important element of therapist clinical decision making is recognizing clinical red flags that suggest physician contact is warranted regarding a patient’s health status. This seminar will help prepare the therapist to assume the role of an interdependent practitioner working within a collaborative medical model. The components of medical screening, identifying health risk factors, recognizing atypical symptoms/signs, review of systems, will be covered through in-depth lecture, discussion, and laboratory sessions. Through lecture and laboratory experiences multiple causes of back pain, joint pain and limb pain will be explored. A proposed examination scheme designed to promote efficient and effective collection of patient data will also provide the structure for our discussions. Patient cases will be presented to apply the important medical screening principles. Professional communication with patients and physicians will also be a central theme throughout the seminar.

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