Units of the PSP Certification Program™


Unit 1 – Principles of Primary Spine Care


Unit 2 – The Lumbar Spine


Unit 3 – The Cervical Spine


Unit 4 – Clinical Management and Final Proficiency Exam


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Unit 1 – Principles of Primary Spine Care


Unit 1 – Online Educational Modules:

Topic 1: Distance Learning

  • How to Maximize Distance Learning

 

Topic 2: The Healthcare System

  • Health Care Trends
  • Role of the Primary Spine Practitioner in the Health Care System
  • Current and Future Payment Models

 

Topic 3: The Biopsychosocial Model of Spine Related Disorders

  • The “Flags” Concept
  • Biological Factors that Contribute to Spine Related Disorders Part 1: Somatic factors
  • Biological Factors that Contribute to Spine Related Disorders Part 2a: Neurophysiological factors – instability and oculomotor dysfunction
  • Biological Factors that Contribute to Spine Related Disorders Part 2b: Neurophysiological factors – nociceptive system sensitization
  • Psychological Factors that Contribute to Spine Related Disorders Part 1: The “Big 5”
  • Psychological Factors that Contribute to Spine Related Disorders Part 2: Perceived injustice and others
  • Social Factors that Contribute to Spine Related Disorders

 

Topic 4: Clinical Decision Making

  • Classification Systems
  • Anatomy of Clinical Decision Making
  • Cyriax Principles: Diagnosis by Selective Tension

Topic 5: Diagnosis and Clinical Reasoning

  • Principles of Diagnosis and Management – Overview of Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain® (the CRISP® Protocols)
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Anatomy of Taking an Evidence-Based, Patient-Centered Case History
  • Anatomy of an Evidence-Based, Patient-Centered, Comprehensive Physical Exam

 

Topic 6: Outcome Measures

  • Principles of Outcome Measurement
  • Clinical Application of Outcome Measures

 

Topic 7: General Principles of the Three Most Commonly Used Diagnostic Imaging Procedures in Spine Care

  • General Spine Imaging (Part 1)
  • General Spine Imaging (Part 2)
  • Imaging Decisions
  • Congenital Spine Disorders
  • Spine Trauma (Part 1)
  • Spine Trauma (Part 2)
  • Spine Neoplasms
  • Spondyloarthropathy

 

Topic 8: Patient Management

  • Principles of Effective Patient Management



Unit 1 – Workshop:

The following topics will be covered:

 

Principles of Effective Patient Management:

  • Primary Spine Care – practical applications
  • The Biopsychosocial Model of Spine Related Disorders
    • Biological: somatic factors, neurophysiological factors
    • Psychological: The “Big 5” and more
    • Social: blue and black flags
  • Clinical Application of the Treatment-Based Classification System and the CRISP® protocols
  • Evidence-Based History Taking
  • The Comprehensive Neurologic Exam
  • The Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Physical Exam
  • Different Diagnosis of Red Flags/ Visceral Disease (Diagnostic Question #1)
  • Imaging Applications and Decision Making
  • Outcome Measurement and Clinical Decision Making

 


Updated | 02.07.2019

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Questions regarding the program:
University of Pittsburgh
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy

Michael Timko, PT, MS, FAAOMPT
  PSP - Program Manager
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  Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  (412)383-6578

  mtimko@pitt.edu

Questions regarding program registration:
University of Pittsburgh
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology

Karl A. Kemmerer
  PSP - Online Continuing
  Education Coordinator
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  6425 Penn Avenue
  Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  (412)383-6705

  kak216@pitt.edu



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