A 2-day course available through Great Lakes Seminars aims to change how attendees view common extremity diagnoses and focuses on using joint immobilization to normalize stress on the tissues around a joint. According to the Great Lakes Seminars website, the manual therapy course will follow a progression of principles and reinforce them throughout the 16 hours, is at least 75% hands-on, and will offer the clinician hands-on skills they can use immediately upon their return to the clinical setting.

The “Treatment of Common Extremity Dysfunction Through Mobilization” course is offered on a variety of dates and in several locations.

See the schedule at www.glseminars.com to register

Course objectives include understanding the rationale for conducting joint mobilization and its specific physiological effects; understanding and being able to demonstrate correct grading, oscillation techniques and sustained-hold techniques of joint mobilizations; understanding the extremity joint surface anatomy and its application to the mechanics of each joint; and demonstrating proper extremity mobilization technique, hand placement, and body mechanics

The site notes that the course is designed to provide an overview of surface structure and its impact on mobilization. Topics discussed include an introduction and review of conservative and aggressive mobilization techniques with emphasis on functional application, as well as an introduction and review of dynamic mobilization techniques. Additional topics covered include the shoulder / scapula; the elbow; the wrist and hand; the hip; the knee; the ankle and foot; and the application to specific clinical situations.

Primary course instructor Jim Garbacz, PT, DPT, CIMT, began his education as a physical therapist at Albion College where he received a BA in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on biomechanics. He went on to the University of Michigan to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy, according to the site. Garbacz has more than 10 years of clinical experience working with the orthopedic population. In addition, according to the site, he utilizes manual therapy in combination with a functionally based exercise to allow his patients to return to their prior functional level. Garbacz works as a clinic director for Advanced Physical Therapy in Monroe, Mich. The clinic is orthopedic-based and treats a variety of musculoskeletal disorders.

For more information, visit www.glseminars.com

[Source: Great Lakes Seminars]