Geriatric Upper Extremity Manual Treatment for the Long-term care,
Home Health, Acute Care, and Outpatient Settings - Level 1
Pearl Institute of Manual Therapy LLC
Date: June 10th, 2018 **8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M**
Location: Madden Physical Therapy
5425 Jonestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112
See cost at bottom of page
* This course is approved for 10 PDUs for Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in Pennsylvania *
Explore the art of upper extremity manual therapy techniques and take home a skill you can use immediately. This course will showcase upper extremity joint mobilizations to quickly reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve functional task performance.
Tired of having patients with upper extremity conditions seen by another healthcare provider? Why should only physical therapists and chiropractors be known for their manual therapy skills? This professional development course is designed to expose novice and experienced occupational therapists/ certified occupational therapy assistants to the art of manual therapy targeting the shoulder, elbow, and wrist/hand joints. Evidence-based manual therapy treatment techniques will be covered that can quickly and effectively increase functional task performance for adolescent patients through the older adult population. Common misconceptions regarding the use of manual therapy across the lifespan will be dispelled and indications and contraindications for upper extremity joint mobilization techniques will be reviewed. This course will review proper examination techniques as well as diagnostic indicators for several UE conditions. Clinicians will then learn how to choose the correct manual therapy technique(s) for a given patient based on clinical examination findings. Finally, clinicians will learn several corrective exercises to reinforce manual therapy techniques in order to improve their patients’ UE function. This session is ideal for occupational therapists/certified occupational therapy assistants who would like to use more hands-on treatment strategies to recapture their patient population and attain immediate functional improvements.
*This 3 Part Course will include the following:
Full day Hands-On training instructed by Michael L. Fink PT, DSc, SCS, OCS and Joseph R. Hribick DPT (7 PDUs)
Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Briefly describe foundational concepts of upper extremity manual therapy techniques primarily focusing on the shoulder complex and how these relate to technique application.
1. Understand and apply the proper indications and contraindications for manual therapy.
2. Synthesize the relevant literature associated with manual therapy with emphasis on upper extremity joint mobilization techniques.
3. Identify manual therapy techniques appropriate for the adolescent through older adult populations, using an impairment-based diagnostic classification to guide clinical decision making.
4. Perform the best clinical examination tests to determine a patient’s condition.
5. Select the most appropriate manual therapy technique(s) to use based on clinical examination findings.
1. Employ joint mobilizations and other manual therapy techniques to upper extremity synovial joints as a treatment in patients with restricted accessory joint mobility and limited physiological range of motion.
2. Prescribe the most appropriate corrective exercises for patients based on clinical examination findings and manual therapy techniques selected.
Michael L. Fink, PT, DSc, SCS, OCS
Dr. Fink received his B.S. and M.S. in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2000. He attended a Post-Professional Doctoral Sports Medicine Residency at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 2004-2005 and earned his Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Baylor University in 2005. In 2006 and 2007, Dr. Fink became board certified in Sports and Orthopaedics, respectively, by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr. Fink has been on the Committee of Content Experts for the Sports Specialty Council within the larger Specialization Academy of Content Experts since 2007 and a member on the ABPTS Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013. Dr. (Major) Fink was a U.S. Air Force physical therapist and combat veteran from 2001-2009 last serving as the Officer in Charge of the Cadet Physical Therapy Clinic at the US Air Force Academy.
Dr. Fink received his formal training in manual therapy (including thrust joint manipulation) from the United States military (Army and Air Force) while active duty and also studied with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). He currently holds an appointment of Assistant Professor in Lebanon Valley College’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program where he created/instructs the High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrust (HVLAT) manual therapy module, Adjunct Professor within the Program on Education in Human Structure at Penn State College of Medicine, and part-time clinician. He serves as a mentor and consultant to orthopedic residencies and fellowship programs in Central Pennsylvania, as well as the military sports medicine residency program in New York. Dr. Fink is the founder of Pearl Clinical Education LLC and co-founder of Pearl Institute of Manual Therapy LLC and is the distinguished speaker in the areas of manual therapy/manipulation, medical screening/differential diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and pharmacology.
Dr. Fink has been a Pennsylvania licensed physical therapist since 2000 with his Direct Access certificate since 2009. In addition, he is an APTA Credential Clinical Instructor, a manuscript reviewer for national and international peer reviewed physical therapy journals, and serves as a reviewer for the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. Dr. Fink’s research interests include manual therapy, medical screening/differential diagnosis, and injury prediction in athletes. He has authored publications in the areas of orthopedics, sports, and primary care and has presented his work nationally. Dr. Fink has received recognition and won numerous awards for his professional accomplishments; most recently he received the 2013 Alumni Emerging Leader Award from his alma mater, Thomas Jefferson University, and the 2013 Carlin-Michels Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Fink resides in central Pennsylvania with his wife Heather and their three young children.
Dr. Fink has been involved in teaching others how to better their clinical skills throughout his career. He thrives on watching clinicians progress from that first point of exposure to manual therapy to becoming expert hands-on therapists dramatically changing the lives of their patients. Dr. Fink has a “pay it forward” motto, encouraging newly instructed occupational therapists then educate others in this powerful manual therapy skill set. Dr. Fink holds a high standard for himself and passes the benefits of his extensive personal practice and study onto those who he instructs. He loves to teach manual therapy, he loves to learn about manual therapy, and most of all he loves to watch novice manual therapists become experts paving the way for patients to have a new “Therapy Experience”!
Joseph R. Hribick, PT, DPT
Dr. Joseph R. Hribick received his Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Lebanon Valley College in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He graduated Valedictorian of his Physical Therapy class with a 4.0 GPA and was nominated for the APTA Orthopedic Section Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Physical Therapy program at LVC, assisting to teach all manual therapy courses.
Dr. Hribick is currently the clinic director running all facets of the rapidly growing outpatient orthopedic private practice in Harrisburg, PA where he has been working since 2011. In 2014, Dr. Hribick completed an Executive Certification in southern California and utilizes his training to mentor his students and fellow clinicians.
Dr. Hribick received his Direct Access Certificate in 2013 and specializes in providing manual therapy to his patients. He also serves as a clinical instructor and mentor to several DPT students from local PT programs, is involved in faculty directed research at LVC, and has presented work on several topics including scapular mobilization and manual therapy.
As co-founder of Pearl Institute of Manual Therapy LLC, Dr. Hribick’s personal mission has always been to help others become exceptional therapists who are fully equipped to provide the best care to their patients. He possesses a strong drive to continually advance himself as a master level clinician and is committed to personally mentoring his clinicians. Dr. Hribick believes that by learning and truly embracing evidence-based practice, clinicians can personally change the lives of many patients and move themselves, as well as the professions of physical and occupational therapy, to a superior level. Dr. Hribick lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife Emily, who is also a physical therapist.
Fee: $220.00 POTA Member - OT/OTA POTA Student Rate: $195.00 $270.00 non-member
Full day of Hands-On training instructed by Michael L. Fink PT, DSc, SCS, OCS and Joseph R. Hribick DPT (7 PDUs)
Easily-referenced course manual filled with technique illustrations
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