February 2024
 February 24, 2024 @ 8:00 AM to February 25, 2024 @ 5:00 PM CT

For details and to register online visit https://aptawi.org/group-meetings/?recid=F3C58EA0-955F-C3EB-5A7A70CDA1DF6506.

This course will consist of two sessions, a pre-course virtual lab session and a live session. *Following APTA guidelines (Interventions Performed Exclusively by Physical Therapists; HOD P06 -18-31-36), PTA and PTA students may attend but will not be able to perform manual therapy treatment interventions included in lab. They may observe and/or act as patients to have techniques performed on them.

Saturday February 24, 8am-10am

Virtual lecture by Dan Krueger and Joe Kucksdorf

  • Focus on cervical red flag screening. How to identify non-musculoskeletal issues that need to be referred out. Also look at red flag screening from the perspective of being able to perform cervical manipulations safely with patients. 
  • Discuss the utilization of the cervical clinical practice guidelines with a focus on its utilization to identify those patients who would benefit from manipulations.

Sunday February 25, 8 am – 5 pm

In person at Bellin College Van Asten Campus at 2620 Development Dr. Green Bay, WI 54311; Joe Kucksdorf and Eric Gregersen

  • Case based skill practice for cervical mobilizations and manipulations. Heavy focus on manual skill / techniques, but within the context of clinical reasoning on when to and when not to implement manipulations. This course will focus on getting clinicians confident and competent in being able to not only perform cervical manipulations but also have the clinical reasoning behind implementing them safely. Case based learning style will allow for clinicians to work through the process of clearing red flags, assessing patient for proper safety for using cervical manipulations, and then being able to assess if the treatment provided benefit to the patient.
  • Thoracic manipulations will also be covered from the perspective of regional interdependency for addressing cervical conditions.
  • Lab clothing required: athletic attire, please dress in layers for your comfort based on room temperature.

The pre-course virtual session will review the APTA Neck Pain Clinical Practice guidelines and focus on medical screening as well as safety considerations when implementing cervical manual therapy examination and treatment as part of care.

The live session will use case-based learning, covering two real-world, outpatient orthopedic neck pain cases. Each of the cases will reference and demonstrate the application of material provided in the virtual, pre-course session. This will include application of the APTA Neck Pain Clinical Practice Guideline examination, classification, and treatment. The active learning experience will use peer and team-based learning strategies in an interactive environment. Application of patient-centered and evidence-informed practice will be included with an emphasis on clinical reasoning and meta-cognitive processes. Hands-on labs will be incorporated into the session, covering case-appropriate examination and treatment, including key manual therapy (cervical/thoracic mobilization and manipulation) techniques.