The purpose of this course is to improve the participant’s understanding and application of common musculoskeletal disorders in the primary neurologically involved client. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to develop a high level of competency in management of the musculoskeletal system, lumbar, pelvic, and hip mobilizations and manipulations, in this patient population.


Pre-course preparation (9 hours of online lectures) and 2 days at a clinical site.

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical therapists.

Credits: 24 contact hours (9 online and 15 on-site) from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

Program Applicability: Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency, Certification, and Postprofessional DPT (NR 201B; .27 credit)

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).


  1. Perform with moderate proficiency manual therapy (soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization / manipulation) to the thoracic spine, ribcage, lumbopelvic region, and hip joint.
  2. Effectively utilize Regional Interdependence (RI) by incorporating manual therapy to the ankle and foot to improve gait in the neurologic patient.
  3. Design a home exercise program involving manual therapy and how to incorporate functional training with manual therapy into a therapy session.
  4. Discuss common orthopedic issues in the neurologic shoulder.
  5. Understand taping techniques to support and facilitate recovery.
  6. Identify common orthopedic gait issues in the neurologic patient.
  7. Apply manual therapy and exercise interventions with basic Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) for treating persistent pain in the neurologic patient.

Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!

References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.


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