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The Art & Science of the Physical Examination

  • Published On: May 26, 2016

Program Details

A sea of change in health care is constraining physician access. Mid-level and Allied Health providers are increasingly called upon to serve as first-point and follow-up spine subspecialty evaluators. The effective evaluation and triage of spine patients can be complex and requires nuanced examination and differential diagnostic skills intrinsic to care planning. Effective treatment and rehabilitation and associated psychosocial, med-legal, occupational, disability, pain management and co-morbid health issues must also be considered.

Technology advancements in imaging, interprofessional communication and medical records have become valuable tools to time-challenged clinicians managing high patient volume and related clinical responsibilities. Potentially compromised in this new health care milieu are the time honored fundamentals of hands-on evaluation and the interpersonal and communication skills that have historically defined excellence in patient care. There is increasing recognition that no technology is of greater importance than real-time, face-to-face evaluation as the basis for clinical decision-making, including appropriate diagnostic work-up and value-based care planning.

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Gregory L. Whitcomb, DC

Rick Placide, MD, PT


Evan K. Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS

John Kamysz, MD

John Metzler, MD

Mark M. Mikhael, MD

Ryan Tauzell, MA, PT, MDT

Sherri Weiser, PhD

David Woznica, MD

What You'll Learn

Obtaining an Effective History of Present Illness, Medical Co-Morbidities, Review of Systems

What You Say… What the Patient Hears

Cervical and Thoracic Spine Examination

Lumbar Spine Exam

Spine Imaging

Musculoskeletal Spinal Masqueraders

Introduction to Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology: Emphasis on the Spine

Introduction to Physical Exam of the Nervous System: Emphasis on the Patient in a Spine Clinic

Directional Preference: Evidence and Basic Assessment

Neurologic Spinal Masqueraders

Interventional Procedures: Overview and Evidence Review on Utility in Differential Diagnosis

Spinal Masqueraders: The Visceral Organ Systems

Registration Category Fees

Member Physician $0
Member Emeritus $0
Member Affiliated Healthcare $0
Member Resident/Fellow $0
Commercial Affiliate $0
Nonmember Physician $95
Nonmember Affiliated Healthcare $65
Nonmember Resident/Fellow $65
Commercial Business Interest $95


This course is intended to help optimize spine subspecialty mid-level and allied health providers’ basic history taking and physical exam skill set and to stress its importance to clinical efficiency, effective resource utilization and best possible patient outcomes.

The North American Spine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The North American Spine Society designates this enduring material for a maximum


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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