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Online-Course: Mechanisms and Clinical Effects of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy: What is the Evidence?

Online-Course: Mechanisms and Clinical Effects of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy: What is the Evidence? Course purpose: This three-hour webinar is divided into two evenings. The program is designed to review the (specific effects) associated with thrus



Online-Course: Mechanisms and Clinical Effects of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy: What is the Evidence?

Course purpose: This three-hour webinar is divided into two evenings. The program is designed to review the (specific effects) associated with thrust and non-thrust manipulation as well as the clinical outcomes associated with the approach as a treatment. The course will review the recommendations of orthopaedic manual therapy (OMT) use in clinical practice guidelines and will review the published evidence on the material for both mechanisms and clinical outcomes. Topics discussed will include:



  • What influences outcomes (e.g., natural history, non-specific and specific effects)

  • Specific mechanisms associated with thrust and non-thrust manipulation;

  • The theory of specificity;

  • Whether one form (or any form) of manual therapy leads to improved mechanisms or clinical effects;

  • How to discuss the use of a manual therapy to a patient (in other words, what it does and doesn’t do);

  • The overall clinical effects associated with thrust and non-thrust manipulation



Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will:



  • Understand the literature on manual therapy mechanisms

  • Synthesize the clinically-oriented evidence on thrust and non-thrust manipulation

  • Apply common manual therapy techniques in a laboratory setting

  • Recognize the gaps in the literature for thrust and non-thrust manipulation



Course Timeline: This course involves two webinars.



Webinar #1: One hour and 30 minutes: In this webinar, we will define OMT, we will discuss the OMT recommendations in clinical practice guidelines, we will review the mechanisms studies on OMT, and we talk about the role that training has on outcomes. The 1.5-hour lecture will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer period.



Webinar #2: One hour and 30 minutes: In this webinar, we will discuss tools used in capturing clinical outcomes (e.g., patient-reported outcomes measures, cost measures, etc), we will discuss overall outcomes associated with OMT, and we will discuss the current observational evidence regarding the influence of OMT on outcomes. The 1.5-hour lecture will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer period.



Professor Chad Cook is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a history of clinical care excellence and service. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. He has authored or co-authored three textbooks, including the influential Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests: An Evidence-Based Approach, and has published over 315 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including approximately 50 studies on manual therapy. He has lectured in 35 countries on orthopedic examination, manual therapy, and treatment and is currently the Director of Research Facilitation at the Department of Orthopaedics and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Manual and Manipulative Therapy at Duke University in the United States.

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