Your physician will take a complete medical history, which includes asking numerous questions about your symptoms. He or she will examine the affected area and check on your strength, reflexes and sensation of feeling. Additional tests may be required as well. These can include X-rays to view spinal alignment and disks and an MRI to more clearly visualize the spinal cord and nerve roots. CT scans may also be used to obtain detailed views of the spinal bones and electromyelography, which helps the physician to study the electrical activity along the nerve.
This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants 30 days in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend. The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the management of cervical and thoracic spine disorders using a series of web-based video presentations, key evidence summaries and primary research articles. The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of selected examination and manipulative techniques for the upper thorax and neck regions. A heavy focus is placed on the skill development and proficient use of hold-relax, mobilization, and manipulation interventions for these regions. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 16:1. An online post-test and on-site skill assessments are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test, skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day.