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Advanced Orthopaedics - Level 4, Halifax NS (Deadline July 27th, 2018)

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 Purpose:To teach the treatment of spinal, pelvic and costal joint dysfunction safely and effectively by manipulation*. An emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning and indications/contraindications of these treatment techniques. 

*Manipulationis a skillful high velocity, low amplitude thrust movement of a joint beyond its physiological limit, but within anatomical limits with the purpose of restoring movement and function. 

Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student will demonstrate competency in: 

·      Analyzing examination data to establish indications/contraindications for the use of manipulation techniques for the spine, pelvis and costal joints 

·      Understanding the theory of spinal joint fixation and manipulation techniques 

·      Integrating principles and practical application of safe and effective manipulative procedures within a treatment regime for correction of spinal, pelvis and costal dysfunction 

·      Identifying indications and contraindications for all techniques and evaluating treatment effectiveness, making changes to progress or modify as appropriate 

·      Understanding evidence based practice in theory and practical application of assessment and treatment techniques as discussed

Syllabus/Topics Covered:

·      Articular and muscular anatomy and both normal and abnormal biomechanics in the upper and lower quadrants including neurovascular anatomy and related neurological function and testing 

·      Clinical reasoning in the process of assimilating data to develop hypotheses, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning considering theories of joint fixation, conditions of vertebrobasilar insufficiency, and craniovertebral instability 

·      Philosophy of treatment, indication and contraindications to manipulative treatment. 

·      Instruction in manipulative techniques for each mobile segment of the spine: craniovertebral, cervical, cervicothoracic junction, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic and costal areas 

·      Integration of the manipulative techniques into total treatment programs 

·      Principles of scientific inquiry, critical reading of research and current issues in physiotherapy including the development of manipulative techniques and the relevance of other disciplines utilizing similar techniques



September 21-23, 2018

October 19-21, 2018


Fridays 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturdays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sundays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm



Halifax, N.-S.