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Orthopedic Examination and Intervention for the Older Adult

Keeping up with new research can feel like a full-time job. But it doesn’t have to be. In this course, Dr. Carole Lewis breaks the research down into the most clinically relevant options for examining and intervening with older adult patients dealing with orthopedic deficits.

This progressive, hands-on course focuses on clinical skills and provides participants with the most up to date intervention techniques addressing orthopedic changes and pathologies affecting older persons.

Lectures present current evidence regarding orthopedic problems are followed by laboratory sessions with hands-on instruction in examination and intervention techniques. You don’t just learn ABOUT the latest research; you practice the tools and protocols until you’re skilled in their use and comfortable enough to implement them in your practice right away.

A plethora of specific examination tools for common orthopedic problems affecting older adults will be demonstrated and practiced. Evidence-based intervention strategies and progressions will be presented, and hands-on sessions make sure participants are not only familiar with the new techniques, but can implement them with ease. Intervention techniques and approaches include advanced modified joint mobilizations, stretching and therapeutic exercise techniques specific for older persons.

Case studies will be presented and reviewed to facilitate effective intervention planning. Examination forms, musculoskeletal norms, and outcome measures for every joint will be discussed, and their important relationship to reimbursement for services will be addressed.

Upon completion, participants will be familiar with the body of evidence for geriatric orthopedic rehabilitation and feel comfortable with the latest examination procedures, exercises, and manual techniques. When participants leave this course, they will take with them the knowledge and ability to make precise intervention decisions with minimal risk to patients.

Participants will be able to reinforce clinical intervention with exercise programs based on best evidence targeted to relevant impairments. All techniques presented have been selected from high quality published research, some of which the presenter has contributed to, and continues to use in her current clinical research and practice.

The extensive course handout, which is over 500 pages and includes more than 5,000 medical references, will provide detailed examination forms, outcome measures, suggested protocols, sample home exercises and progressions. The material provides a thorough approach to therapeutic strategies and goals, thereby preparing therapists to design and implement highly skilled rehabilitation programs for older persons in any intervention setting.

Treating older adults generally requires complex thinking. Therapists need to integrate effective strategies that meet their needs without jeopardizing any other limitation they may have, all while trying to keep their interest to ensure the home exercises are being done as prescribed.

By the end of this seminar, you will have added the following knowledge and skills to your toolbox.

  • The I-Stronger multifaceted functional training program
  • A great active-assistive stretch program for older adults
  • A reliable way to test strength with a blood pressure cuff and norms for this
  • A full body resistance program using bands and a Borg Card
  • Posture measures and treatments
  • Comprehensive mobilization and exercise program for lumbar stenosis
  • Bennell’s protocol for vertebral compression fractures
  • Reliable and valid tools for testing the core in older adults
  • The Start, BPFS or Sock test for back and hip pain
  • SI treatments for older adults
  • The deep neck flexor endurance test
  • Progression of the Brugger postural exercise
  • The Proprioceptive Neck exercise program
  • Fishman’s Piriformis protocol
  • High velocity resistance training for hip OA
  • Best exercises to strengthen the gluteals?
  • Latest protocols and exercises for hip fracture and total hips and knees
  • GLAD protocol for knee OA
  • High dose telerehab program for shoulder problems
  • Functional Arm and Shoulder Test
  • Upper Limb Physiological Performance Test
  • Hand Strength Focused Exercise Program
  • Numerous taping techniques for OA

To get the best results with older adults, therapists need to add new evidence-based interventions to their toolboxes. If you’re looking for the most effective and efficient way to integrate the latest research into your orthopedic care for older adults, this is the course for you.

  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.

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.



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.


Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $595

Late Fee = add $25


Raleigh, NC – November 6-7, 2021

Early Bird (thru 10/6/21) = $545

Regular (10/7/21 – 10/27/21) = $595

Late Fee (10/28/21 – 11/2/21) = $620

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Your Instructor

Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, GCS, GTCCS, MSG, MPA, PhD, FSOAE, FAPTA