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  • Event date: 5/18/2019 7:30 AM - 5/19/2019 5:00 PM Export event

    This course draws attention to certain frequently overlooked diagnosable conditions which are readily treatable by the chiropractor. Essentially the course provides a new appreciation of the musculoskeletal system in medicine.


    Please dress comfortably for class.

    InstructorRobert Ruffalo, PT, DC, CCSP, TPI CGFI-MP3
    About the InstructorRobert Ruffalo, PT, DC, CCSP, TPI CGFI-MP3 Founder and President of CESI Continuing Education Seminars Incorporated, owner/ director of A T.E.A.M. Approach Physical Therapy Center in Bloomfield, NJ, which he established in 1990. Dr. Ruffalo is a physical therapist (PT), doctor of chiropractic (DC), certified chiropractic sports physician (CCSP), and is also a certified golf fitness instructor/medical professional, Level 3 by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI CGFI-MP3), and a TPI Junior Level 2 Coach (JR2). At A T.E.A.M. Approach Physical Therapy Center, he brings together his diverse expertise, vast experience, and personal interests to deliver a unique multi-disciplinary health care practice. Dr. Ruffalo specializes in manual therapy of the cervical spine and extremities and is trained in a variety of treatment approaches and techniques. In addition to his work as a physical therapist and chiropractor (one of only few dual licensed practitioners in NJ), Dr. Ruffalo has a passion for educating his peers by providing continuing education courses to physical therapists, chiropractors, physical therapy assistants, athletic trainers and insurance industry professionals. Many of the seminars are based on the advanced work of two medical pioneers: the late Dr. John Mennell, an orthopedist and founder of the joint dysfunction model for diagnosis and treatment, and the late Dr. Janet Travell, who founded the trigger point (myofascial pain) model of diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Ruffalo was fortunate to have lectured and taught with these practitioners and researchers.
    Subject Breakdownthe participants should appreciate and accept the responsibility for making a structural diagnosis/assessment of the musculoskeletal system of the lumbosacral spine. Evidence based outcomes will be stressed as it is both beneficial to the patient’s well being but also cost effective for the patient as well. The participants will be able to differentiate between the lumbar and sacral joint complex dysfunction as per Dr. John Mennell’s model. The participants will be able to differentiate which muscles are affected by myofascial trigger points as Dr. Janet G. Travell’s Model for the lumbosacral region and lower quarter. The participants should be able to identify as to whether their choice of treatment, they are promoting healing as opposed to the promotion of the restoration of function which can only be undertaken when healing has taken place. The participants should be able to demonstrate and explain the useful properties of any physical therapy technique they elect to use in their treatment program. The participants will be able to identify the principles which guide them in their choice of said treatment, especially when treating the patient during the healing phase. The participants should be able to design a treatment program based on a realistic diagnosis. The participants will be able to teach their patients how to self manage the condition with an appropriate home program. The participant should identify the concepts of orthopedic medicine in soft tissue treatment and the diagnosis of referred pain from the joints as well as associated musculature. They should appreciate the integrated approach to evaluation and treatment and the skills learned should be immediately utilized in the clinical setting. The participant should demonstrate all the techniques taught and pass a practical and written test given at the conclusion of the seminar. The participant should be able to identify the prognosis for the patient and give measurable time frames for their outcome.
    Total Credits15.00
    FormatIn person - Live
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