March 8, 9, 10 and March 22, 23, 24
Lab Competency Exam March 24, 2019
Written Examination online Saturday, March 30, 2019
This is a required course for the Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Competency in OSHA bloodborne pathogens is a prerequisite to participate in this dry needling course. An online OSHA competency exam will be given prior to attending this course and all participants must achieve 100% competency grade. There is a significant amount of pre-course work including reading and recorded lectures. All participants will be registered and required to utilize the learning management system, Canvas, to access required course materials.
This lecture/laboratory course advances knowledge and skills that will enhance the ability to examine and evaluate patients/clients with myofascial pain and dysfunction utilizing integrated orthopaedic manual therapy approaches and evidence-based best-practice principles. The laboratory portion will reinforce and expand upon physical examination and intervention techniques with an emphasis on dry needling techniques for the axial spine and extremity muscles for common musculoskeletal conditions. Participants will synthesize the concepts of clinical reasoning and clinical decision making while incorporating evidence-based practice principles for patient management. Upon completion of this course participants will sit for a written and practical competency examination in order to perform physical therapy dry needling techniques for the muscles covered in this course.
Demonstrate competence in OSHA bloodborne pathogens and sharps handling and disposal.
Discuss the indications for various types of manual therapy interventions for myofascial pain and dysfunction based on the evaluation of examination findings.
Discuss absolute/relative contraindications and precautions for dry needling techniques for axial and extremity muscles.
Demonstrate proficiency in identifying anatomical landmarks for dry needling of muscles addressed in the axial spine and extremities.
Discuss the relationships between myofascial pain and dysfunction, pain sciences and neurodynamics as it relates to activity limitations and participation restrictions.
Integrate pain sciences into the collaborative clinical reasoning model to improve the efficacy of patient/client management for common conditions caused by muscle trigger points.
Integrate TrP assessment and interventions into the orthopaedic examination based on collaborative clinical reasoning, pain sciences, and EBP.
Describe and identify endangerment zones in the spine, upper and lower extremities to guide the safe performance of dry needling techniques.
Demonstrate competence in performing Dry Needling techniques in axial and extremity muscles for common musculoskeletal conditions.
Compare and contrast Dry Needling in Physical Therapy and the practice of acupuncture.
Weekend 1 – DN 1 (Detailed schedule provided after registration)
Friday, March 8: 7:30AM - 6:30PM (noon - 1PM lunch on own)
Saturday, March 9: 7:30AM - 6:30PM (noon - 1PM lunch on own)
Sunday, March 10: 8:00AM - 3:00PM (30 minute lunch; please bring your lunch)
Weekend 2 – DN 2 (Detailed schedule provided after registration)
Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23: same as above
Sunday, March 24: 8:00AM – 2:30PM (30 minute lunch; please bring your lunch; Lab competency assessment)
Speaker’s bio: Joe Donnelly is the Director of Postprofessional Education and Clinical professor. He earned his Doctor of Health Sciences Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and MS in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, and BS in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (hon) in 2017. He has over 30 years of clinical experience and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical therapy, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. His clinical research interests are in the area of myofascial pain and movement dysfunction. Dr Donnelly is the Editor and a contributing author of the third edition of the Travell, Simons and Simons Trigger Point Manual which was released in August 2018.
Lab Assistants: Rhett Roberson, PT, DPT OCS, FAAOMPT; Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Jason St Clair, PT, DPT, OCS; Josh Lee, PT, DPT, OCS
Please note: this course is designed to exceed the minimal requirements set forth by the GA State Board of Physical Therapy related to dry needling education.
**When registering, select any date identified to register for the entire course.**
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Once on campus, the Davis Building is #1 on the map found at: http://about.mercer.edu/www/resources/upload/AtlantaCampusWebMap.pdf
Free parking is available in the West Parking lot, which is most easily accessible off Flowers Rd.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Ms. Maxine Caruth at Y2FydXRoX3JtIHwgbWVyY2VyICEgZWR1
What's the refund policy?
There are no refunds. If you cancel within 14 days of the course, you can move your registration to another continuing education course offering within 1 year.