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Orthopedic Examination and Intervention for the Older Adult

Seminar Description:

20 Contact Hours

The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with the most up to date information addressing age changes and pathology affecting the care of older persons. Specific evaluation tools for common orthopedic problems affecting older adults will be demonstrated and practiced. Treatment strategies and progressions will be presented, and hands-on sessions will help familiarize therapists with proper implementation of treatment techniques and approach including advanced modifi ed joint mobilizations stretching & resistive techniques specific for older persons. Case studies will be presented and reviewed to facilitate effective treatment planning. Evaluation 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. The main purpose of this course is to advance clinical competence in working with the orthopedic conditions that affect older adults. The speaker will demonstrate and instruct the class in specific and innovative mobilization, stretching and resistive exercises to obtain the best results. The extensive handout, which is over 300 pages with 5,000 current medical references, will provide detailed evaluation 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.

Course Objectives

  1. Perform speci c intervention techniques for dysfunctions of the neck, back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, and feet of older persons including therapeutic exercises, therapeutic activities, mobilization and numerous evidence based protocols.
  2. Select evidence based interventions and outcome measures for a comprehensive rehabilitation approach for a myriad of orthopedic problems affecting older persons.
  3. Discuss intervention modi cations to existing rehabilitation and note simple ways to incorporate manual techniques learned and practiced in the course into programs for a speci c orthopedic problem.
  4. Comprehensively exam orthopedic dysfunctions in the neck, back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees,and feet of older persons.
  5. Design individualized rehabilitation programs for speci c orthopedic problems such as rotator cuff tears, osteoarthritis, total hip and knee procedures, fractures, osteoporosis, lumbar stenosis and other pathologies seen in older patients.
  6. Create the optimum environment for working with older persons.
  7. Demonstrate competence in over 10 different manual techniques for use with older persons.
  8. Compile and explain how to use over 20 different speci c orthopedic functional outcome tools.
  9. Compare, contrast and use innovative therapeutic exercises for numerous orthopedic conditions based on the latest evidence.
  10. Dissect and develop intervention protocols for common orthopedic diagnoses.
  11. Use the immense handout in daily practice as a user friendly reference for norms, evidence based tests and evidence based intervention techniques.

Your Instructor


Dr. Lewis has worked in home health, long-term care, acute hospitals, rehabilitation departments and outpatient clinics. She started a private practice in Washington, D.C. in 1983 and continues to work as a clinician. Dr. Lewis received her two Master’s degrees in Health Care Management and Gerontology from the University of Southern California. She also received her PhD from the University of Maryland in Health Education. She currently serves on the Medical Faculty at George Washington University as a full adjunct professor in the Department of Geriatrics and is the Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Lewis has extensive publications in the field of aging. Her articles have been published in The Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, Clinical Management, Geriatrics, Geritopics, and Senior Patient. She is also editor of the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, which won the Association of American Publishers’ Award for the Most Outstanding Issue of Scientific Journal. In addition to her articles and journals, Dr. Lewis has written numerous textbooks on aging such as: Aging: Health Care’s Challenge: Interdisciplinary Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient, now in its fourth edition, Geriatric Clinical Strategies, Geriatric Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient, The Geriatric Exercise Kit, The Functional Toolbox I & II, The Balance Book and Osteoporosis Exercise Book, the Prevention and Wellness Toolbox, and the Orthopedic Outcome Toolbox as well as Health Promotion and Exercise for Older Adults and Improving Mobility in Older Persons. She also co-authored a book for the lay public with Dr. Marilynn Moffat entitled Age-Defying Fitness published in August 2006 by Peachtree Publishers.

Her accomplishments include receiving the APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award and The Section on Geriatrics highest honor, the Joan Mills Award & the Section on Geriatrics’ Clinical Excellence Award. She is also a Catherine Worthington Fellow for the APTA. She was chosen as one of the ten Outstanding Young Women in America. She has served the profession by volunteering for many local and national offices and served as the president of both the DC chapter and the Section on Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Lewis has lectured extensively. She has spoken in over 48 states. Her international lectures include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Finland, Canada, China and Israel. She combines her diverse education and extensive clinical background to provide medically substantiated and usable information for today’s practicing clinician.

For Mail/Email/Fax registrations, click here or call us at 877-794-7328.

Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.


Cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.

Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $595

Late Fee = add $25

Altoona, PA – October 10-11, 2020

Early Bird (thru 8/13/20) = $545

Regular (8/14/20 – 9/29/20) = $595

Late Fee (9/30/20 – 10/6/20) = $620

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August 24, 2020
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September 30, 2020

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Dallas, TX – October 24-25, 2020

Early Bird (thru 8/27/20) = $545

Regular (8/28/20 – 10/13/20) = $595

Late Fee (10/14/20 – 10/21/20) = $620

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August 28, 2020
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October 14, 2020

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