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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Rehabilitation for the Postsurgical Orthopedic Patient” Third Edition by Lisa Maxey, MS, PT and Jim Magnusson, MS, PT, ATC © 2013, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate

With detailed descriptions of orthopedic surgeries, this updated course provides current, evidence-based guidelines for designing optimal rehabilitation strategies.  Coverage of each condition includes an overview of the orthopedic patient’s entire course of treatment from before to after surgery.  For each phase of rehabilitation, you will find a postoperative timeline, followed by goals, potential complications and precautions, and appropriate therapeutic procedures.Throughout this course you can expect coverage of current orthopedic surgeries and rehabilitation topics such as disc replacement, cartilage replacement hallux valgus, and transitioning of the running athlete.  Illustrations offer clear depictions of concepts, procedures and rehabilitation.  Guidance for patients returning home as well as case studies that assists with the development of critical reasoning skills.  Troubleshooting sections detail potential pitfalls in the recovery from each orthopedic surgery. This course is designed to first help each professional understand the surgeries, then design effective, evidence-based rehabilitation programs.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 650 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 5 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 3:  The Spine

Chapter 14:  Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Chapter 15:  Posterior Lumbar Arthroscopic Discectomy and Rehabilitation
Chapter 16:  Lumbar Spine Fusion
Chapter 17:  Lumbar Spine Disc Replacement

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of the Postsurgical Rehabilitation of The Spine.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Define annular tears and biomechanical changes of the cervical disc.
  2. Identify the most common treatment of single-level cervical disc disease.
  3. Discuss postoperative outcomes for patients with radicular symptoms.
  4. Define thixotropic.
  5. Discuss the phase of tissue healing that begins almost immediately after injury.
  6. List postoperative discharge instructions for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery.
  7. Recognize exercises proven to be effective in treating patients with acute and chronic neck pain.
  8. Discuss the incidence of dysphagia in patients after ACDF.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge in the laryngeal nerve's susceptibility to nerve injury after ACDF surgery.
  10. Identify the spectrum to which lumbar herniated nucleus pulposus falls within.
  11. Recognize the incidence of recurrent herniated nucleus pulposes (HNP).
  12. Understand the risk for reoccurrence of HNP after surgical excision.
  13. Discuss a typical first postoperative week of rehabilitation following surgery for lumbar disc herniation.
  14. Recognize the importance of beginning dural mobilization as soon as possible in the first week of rehabilitation.
  15. Explain when standing motion and seated testing can safely be performed following a posterior lumbar arthroscopic discectomy.
  16. Discuss when a walk-run program should begin during rehabilitation for posterior lumbar arthroscopic discectomy.
  17. Define anterolisthesis.
  18. Identify the most prevalent diagnosis among patients undergoing elective lumbar arthrodesis.
  19. Explain the type of fusion that avoids the need for exposure of great vessels.
  20. Identify the most stressful motion in the lumbar spine.
  21. Identify the phase of rehabilitation that patients may start returning to work.
  22. Recognize patients for which lumbar disc arthroplasty is an option.
  23. Understand the surgical approach for artificial disc procedures.
  24. Discuss the primary function of soft tissue healing.
  25. List the discharge instructions following lumbar disc replacement surgery.
  26. Identify a common postural alignment seen in people with lower quarter pathology.
  27. Understand the remodeling phase.
  28. Recognize the "red flags" that may occur during and/or after lumbar spine surgery.
  29. Identify the most common complication when using an anterior approach for lumbar spine surgery.