Differential Diagnosis Module 1: Introduction to Screening is organized by HomeCEU. This Conference has been approved for a maximum of 10 Contact Hours.
Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Athletic Trainers.
Following the standards for competency established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) related to conducting a screening examination, “Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists” gives you a consistent way to screen for systemic diseases and medical conditions that can mimic neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems. This comprehensive text centers on a 5-step screening model that covers past medical history, risk factor assessment, clinical presentation, associated signs and symptoms, and review of symptoms for each client.
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study on an introduction to the screening process.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
• Differentiate between yellow and red flags and identify red flags for past medical histories, risk factors, clinical presentations, and associated signs and symptoms.
• Identify the physical therapist’s role in disease prevention including primary, secondary, tertiary preventions and health promotion and wellness.
• List the 5 elements of patient/client management.
• Identify 4 attributes of autonomous practice.
• Differentiate between signs and symptoms.
• Identify 10 guidelines for immediate medical attention.
• Identify guidelines for physician referral including general systemic, cardiac, cancer, pulmonary, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal areas.
• Identify 12 precautions/contraindications to therapy.
• Recognize multisegmental innervation and direct pressure and shared pathways of the visceral system.
• Identify and differentiate between characteristics of pain, location of pain, description of pain, intensity of pain, frequency and duration of pain and patterns of pain.
• Identify and differentiate between systemic versus musculoskeletal pain patterns including characteristics of onset, description, intensity, duration, patterns, aggravating and relieving factors and associated signs and symptoms.
• Differentiate between somatic-somatic, somato-visceral, viscero-somatic, and viscero-viscero reflexes.
• Differentiate between central and peripheral causes of neuropathic pain.
• Recognize and differentiate between types of pain including myofascial pain, joint pain, radicular pain, gastrointestinal pain, arterial, pleural and tracheal pain, night pain, diffuse pain and chronic pain.
• Identify risk factors for rhabodmyolysis.
• Recognize clinical signs and symptoms of infectious arthritis.
• Identify physical conditions commonly associated with depression.
• Identify 3 screening tools for emotional overlay.
• Recognize Waddell’s nonorganic signs and behavioral symptoms.
• Identify clinical signs and symptoms of conversion.
• Define AMPLE.
• Identify clinical signs and symptoms of malnutrition.
• Differentiate between the Karnofsky Performance Scale and ECOG Performance Status Scale.
• Identify grading scale for pulse strength.
• List 8 signs of pulse abnormalities.
• List 15 tips on palpating pulses.
• Recognize how to classify systolic and diastolic blood pressure for adults and children.
• Recognize how to assess blood pressure, variations in blood pressure and blood pressure changes with exercise.
• Differentiate between hypertension, hypotension, and postural orthostatic hypotension.
• Identify clinical signs and symptoms of dehydration.
• Identify clinical signs and symptoms of shock.
• Recognize principles for examining a skin lesion or mass.
Radiology, Physical Therapy