Differential Diagnosis and Musculoskeletal Management of the Thoracic Spine Little Rock AR Jun 2022

Musculoskeletal Courses

Course Description

~15 Contact Hours + 8 Hours of online self-study

The online portion of this course is available 24/7. It is segmented into lecture modules plus module assessments to gauge your understanding (must meet a minimum score prior to moving to the next module). You are able to start and stop your viewing time as needed.

The LIVE portion of this course offers live lecture and extensive hands-on lab demonstrating and modeling techniques. PowerPoint presentations are used and participants receive a manual with all course materials printed.

The region of the thoracic spine and ribs are not well understood in medical literature and in the clinical setting. This course provides a detailed description of the thoracic spine and rib anatomy and biomechanics. Differential diagnosis is taught from the most common to the lease common pathologies: 1) acute disc, 2) ribs (4 to 10), and 3) facet arthropathy. Management suggestions start with care for acute discogenic pathologies, addressing soft tissue and spinal techniques. Treatment then progresses to the ribs, and lastly to the vertical kinetic chain of T4 to T12 spinal column. The course ends with case studies, and questions and answers.

The hands-on experience at the two-day live courses emphasizes teaching and practicing clinical examination, differential diagnosis, management development, and orthopedic manual therapy.  This experience focuses on techniques and problem solving, as well as clinical analysis, synthesis and application via case studies.

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

At the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Exhibit an exact knowledge of pathoanatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of the thoracic spine and ribs.
  • Perform a concise clinical examination of the thoracic spine and ribs.
  • Show an understanding of how to interpret the clinical examination to reach a precise clinical diagnosis of the thoracic spine and ribs.
  • Perform effective treatment through an accurate understanding of surface anatomy and tissue physiology of the thoracic spine and ribs.
  • Choose most effective techniques for mobilization of the thoracic spine and ribs.
  • Create a plan that combines soft tissue and specific articulation techniques to affect total treatment of the thoracic spine and ribs.
  • Apply a framework for prescription of affliction-specific exercises for the thoracic spine and ribs.

This course will consist of live lecture and hands-on lab demonstration modeling techniques over the course of 2 days.

There will be a maximum of 16:1 student to instructor ratio.

There will be a maximum of 16:1 student to instructor ratio.


Advanced Physical Therapy
10014, North Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72227, United States


Check In

June 11, 2022 7:30 am

Instruction Hours

June 11, 2022
8:00 am – 6:30 pm

June 12, 2022
8:00 am – 3:15 pm


I understand it is my responsibility to confirm the IAOM-US has CCUs approved for this course in my state and/or inform IAOM-US what is required to obtain CCU approval.