Management of Cervical & Thoracic Disorders

February 26-27, 2022
8:00 AM- 5:30 PM Saturday

8:00 AM- 5:30 PM Sunday



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Course Description

EIM's Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders course is designed to enhance the participant's knowledge and skill level in the evidence-based management of individuals with cervical-thoracic spine and ribcage disorders and dysfunction. This lab intensive course focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management of these individuals. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice. Participants will receive hands-on demonstration and practice of both examination and selected interventions of cervical and thoracic spine.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and perform key elements of the cervical and thoracic spine subjective and objective clinical examination, with particular emphasis on active and passive motion testing.
  • Synthesize and analyze data from the cervical and thoracic spine clinical examination based on signs and symptoms and treatment-based classification.
  • Determine a diagnosis and/or impairments and use sound clinical reasoning and treatment-based classifications to guide patient/client management.
  • Engage in the diagnostic process to establish differential diagnosis across system and across the life span.
  • Utilize a consistent clinical process to effectively screen for systematic disease and non-musculoskeletal pathology in patients with cervical and thoracic pain.
  • Justify the selection of manual therapy techniques or integrated exercise using clinical reasoning and application of current best evidence.
  • Perform selected cervical and thoracic manipulation and mobilization techniques in patients with neck or upper back pain or dysfunction.
  • Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week

About the Instructor

Chris Dickerson, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is a physical therapist with six years of experience. His passion for teaching and mentoring has led him to start the DSc program with Bellin College. He is the owner of Puget Sound Physical Therapy, is an Adjunct Faculty Member of the University of Puget Sound, and is a Faculty Member of EIM. His research focuses on the 'Immediate Effects of Localized Vibration on Hamstring and Quadricep Muscle Performance. 'I have a passion for taking complex topics and breaking them down into easily understood and applied concepts that learners can take and immediately apply in their clinics.'



07:30-08:00 Course Registration/Breakfast

08:00-08:30 Orientation, Introductions, and Course Expectations
08:30-10:00 Clinical Practice Guideline & Examination: Physical Lab with the practice of selected procedures
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-12:00 Thoracic Spine Manual Therapy: Physical Lab with the practice of selected procedures

12:00-01:00 LUNCH

01:00-03:00 Cervical Spine Manual Therapy Interventions: Physical Lab with the

practice of selected procedures

03:00-03:15 BREAK

03:15-05:00 Clinical Prediction Rule, Cervical Spines Interventions Lab, Question &


05:30 p.m. END OF DAY 1





07:30-08:00 Course Sign-in/Breakfast

08:00-09:00 Round Robin Review Physical
09:00-10:00 Cervical Spine Mobilization & Manipulation: Physical Lab with practice of selected procedures

10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-12:00 Pain Science Considerations, Canadian C-Spine Rules, Neural Mobilization

12:00-01:00 LUNCH

01:00-02:00 Muscle Length Assessment & Intervention

02:00-03:00 Ribcage Mobility Assessment

03:00-03:15 BREAK

03:15-05:00 Deep Muscle Strengthening

05:00-05:30 Discussion: Advanced Clinical Decision Making Question & Answer

05:30 p.m. END OF DAY 2



Texas Children's Hospital Feigin Center

1st Floor Conference Room A
1102 Bates Street
Houston, TX 77030

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Who Should Attend

Intermediate level course for licensed physical therapists


24 contact hours or CCU's; 8 online and 16 onsite.