Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital – University Campus
3599 University Blvd S. Jacksonville, Florida 32216
This 50+hour seminar course will focus on the application of clinical reasoning and pain sciences in the management of patients with acute and persistent musculoskeletal pain integrating trigger point dry needling. Emphasis will be placed on diagnostic and intervention strategies to manage patient outcomes effectively and efficiently for patients with trigger points contributing to spine and extremity pain and dysfunction.
Primary Course Objective:
Integrate pain sciences into the collaborative clinical reasoning model as a theoretical construct for Dry Needling to improve efficacy of patient/client management for common conditions caused by muscle trigger points (TrP).
Additional Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course the PT participants will be able to:
- Apply pain sciences within the framework of clinical reasoning to make informed decisions regarding dry needling
and manual therapy interventions.
- Apply the clinical reasoning process to understand the role of muscle trigger points and benefit of dry needling in
effective management of a patient with complex pain reports.
- Discuss absolute/relative contraindications and precautions for dry needling techniques for muscles covered in this
- Integrate TrP assessment and interventions into the orthopaedic examination based on collaborative clinical
reasoning, pain sciences and evidence informed practice.
- Demonstrate competence in OSHA blood borne pathogens and sharps handling and disposal.
- Discuss the indications for various types of manual therapy interventions for myofascial pain and dysfunction
based on evaluation of examination findings.
- Discuss the relationships between myofascial pain and dysfunction, pain sciences and clinical reasoning as it
relates to activity limitations and participation restrictions.
- Describe and identify endangerment zones in the spine, upper and lower extremities to guide safe performance of
dry needling techniques.
- Discuss the relevant clinical practice guidelines for orthopedic spine and extremity conditions.
- Apply diagnostic and management strategies of the clinical reasoning model to effectively and efficiently manage
- Demonstrate competence in dry needling interventions for the appendicular and axial muscles.