Diagnosis and Management of the Thoracic Spine

Musculoskeletal Courses

Course Description

This IAOM-US course is appropriate for ATs, OTs, PT’s and PTA’s.  The IAOM-US teaches that the essential starting point for orthopedic care is accurate clinical diagnosis.  IAOM courses and resources present effective musculoskeletal techniques established by leaders in the field.  Scientific and clinical research provides the foundation for the entire program.

The region of the thoracic spine and ribs are not well understood in medical literature and in the clinical setting.

Pre-approved in the following states

Arkansas, Alabama, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Mass, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Wyoming, Nevada, New Jersey

Contact info@iaom-us.com to request approval in your state.

Objectives and Goals

By the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Integrate the pathoanatomy, altered physiology, and biomechanics into a report on differential diagnosis including at least one of the most common musculoskeletal pathologies of the Thoracic Spine and their consequent, common clinical dysfunctions (degenerative internal disc disruption (IDD) T1-T12, zygapophyseal joint dysfunction and degeneration, spondylosis/spondylolisthesis, functional instability, nerve root compression or more severe conditions such as fracture, tumor or systemic-inflammatory diseases).
  • Identify at least one common clinical dysfunction of the Thoracic spine and ribs in 3 different patient scenarios.
  • Identify 3 effective treatment interventions for acute, recurrent and chronic thoracic spine and rib dysfunctions and related pathologies through an accurate understanding of consequent tissue physiology of the thoracic spine.
  • Design a treatment plan for a patient suffering from acute dysfunction of the thoracic spine and ribs.
  • Design a treatment plan for a patient suffering from recurrent or chronic thoracic spine and ribs.


Jean-Michel Brismée

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