Older patients are a part of everyone’s case load and to get the best results with this population, therapists need new evidence-based intervention approaches. Geriatric Orthopedics is a progressive hands-on course with emphasis on clinical skills to provide participants with the most up to date intervention techniques addressing orthopedically related age changes and pathology affecting older persons. The current evidence regarding orthopedic problems will be presented, followed by laboratory sessions with hands-on instruction in examination and intervention techniques. Specific examination tools for common orthopedic problems affecting older adults will be demonstrated and practiced. Intervention strategies and progressions will be presented, and hands-on sessions will help familiarize therapists with proper implementation of intervention techniques and approach including advanced modified joint mobilizations stretching and therapeutic exercise techniques specific for older persons. Case studies will be presented and reviewed to facilitate effective intervention planning. Examination forms, musculoskeletal norms, and outcomes measures for every joint will be discussed to illustrate the importance of this aspect of patient care regarding reimbursement for services.
Upon completion, participants will be familiar with the body of evidence for geriatric orthopedic rehabilitation and, feel comfortable with an advanced manual examination, and make precise intervention decisions with minimal risk to patients. Participants will be able to reinforce clinical intervention with exercise programs based on best evidence and targeted to relevant impairments identified through the manual examination. All techniques presented have been selected from high quality published research, some of which the presenter has contributed to, and continues to use in her current clinical research and practice. The extensive handout, which is over 300 pages with 5,000 current medical references, will provide detailed examination forms, outcome measures, suggested protocols, sample home exercises and progressions. The material presented provides a thorough approach to therapeutic strategies and goals, thereby preparing therapists to design and implement highly skilled rehabilitation programs for older persons in any intervention setting.