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Neurogenic Dysfunction of Spondylolisthesis: The Hidden Link

presented by Ken Cole, Mark Looper, and Laura von Wullerstorff

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The Hidden Link Course delves into the nutritional concerns and imaging of spondylolisthesis and how this relates to clinical decision making when faced with this type of patient. You will learn differentiating theory and the neurogenic dysfunction for spondylolisthesis, as you are guided through examination assessment of these patients and how to classify treatment approaches. Then, learn the theory and an anatomical review of training, and progressions through the zones encompassing the treatment progressions for spondylolysthesis.

Meet Your Instructors

Ken Cole, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT, CFI

Ken Cole is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist and managing partner of Olympic Physical Therapy in Mercer Island and Renton. Ken specializes in sports manual therapy for pediatric and young adult athletes. Ken designed a specialized motor control sports medicine program for ground, water, and air athletes for injury prevention and rapid return to activity…

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Mark Looper, PT, MS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Mark is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He is the managing partner of Olympic Physical Therapy of Kirkland, and principal partner of Olympic Physical Therapy. Mark Looper is the managing partner of Olympic Physical Therapy of Kirkland, and is one of the principle…

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Laura von Wullerstorff, MPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Laura von Wullerstorff opened her clinic LvW physiotherapy in Brussels, Belgium July 2009. She also owns and operates her own physiotherapy consulting business which allows her to teach manual therapy courses in the Unites States and most recently in Italy. She has been instructor in-training with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Nutritional Concerns and Imaging of Spondylolysthesis

Review the anatomy of the lumbar spine and its pathology and outline the profile of a patient at risk for spondylolysis.

2. Spondylolysthesis Theory

Enumerate specific signs and symptoms attributable to neurogenic dysfunction, enumerate specific signs and symptoms attributable to neurogenic dysfunction and elucidate a true core stabilization problem.

3. Neurogenic Dysfunction

Review the physiology and pathology of muscle innervations of spinal segments particularly that of the lumbar spine. Characterize the typical presentation of neurogenic dysfunction and establish the best diagnostic approach that can be used to help in the diagnosis of neurogenic dysfunction.

4. Examination and Assessment

Learn to perform an accurate clinical assessment of a patient with low back pain, identify the mechanism of injury, and understand the progression of clinical symptoms. Identify the level of care appropriate for each stage of the injury.

5. Theory and Anatomical Review of Training

Identify the zones and stages of progression during exercise training for spondylolysis and the goals for each of these. Recognize the different muscles, local stabilizer and amplifiers that are used during exercise training.

6. Progression of Zones of Training: Red Zone

Identify the significance and training objectives of the red zone of the training progression for spondylolysis. Recognize the 4 levels of neural true hardening progressions and the goals for each level.

7. Progression of Zones of Training: Yellow Zone

Identify the significance and training objectives of the yellow zone of the training progression for spondylolysis. Identify the relevant anatomical structures involved in each exercise.

8. Progression of Zones of Training: Green Zone

Review the levels of zoned progression training, core stabilization and evaluate possible core stabilization exercises. Review the factors to consider during patient follow-up.

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