MUSC Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certificate (OMT-C)

Become a better clinician with the MUSC Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification (OMT-C). This 4-course series developed by MUSC faculty is designed to enhance the examination and treatment of the spine utilizing evidence-based practice guidelines. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions and practice skills with feedback from instructors. The goal is to encourage clinicians to think both critically and creatively when assessing patients.

"My confidence has grown as I've learned throughout the course. I feel that the course has given me a very structured way to examine and make sure I'm treating patients safely. I am MUCH more confident in screening and treating cervical spine dysfunction."

Program Mission

This program has been established with the purpose of developing a first contact practitioner to be able to function as the primary resource for the patient with neuromuscular skeletal dysfunction and serve as the entry point into the medical care delivery system.

Program Objectives

After successfully completing all four courses and passing the certification exam, participants will receive a Achievement of Advanced Clinical Competency with emphasis on Applied Orthopedic Manual Therapy Assessment and Treatment Procedures (Orthopedic Manual Therapy- Certificate (OMT-C))  

Upon completion of this program participants will: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of differential examination of the neuromuscular skeletal system and its interpretation.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the performance for screening examination of the upper and lower body regions.
  3. Recognize the indications and contraindications for mechanical evaluation and treatment of the upper and lower body regions.
  4. Demonstrate competence in the performance of manual therapy techniques utilized for examination and treatment of selected upper and lower body dysfunctions.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes 4 onsite courses made up of lecture and laboratory components. Course 1: Lower Body Region, Course 2: Lumbar, Course 3: Upper Body Region, and Course 4: Cervical. All participants in the certificate series will also have to complete between course assignments. These include an introduction to evidence-based practice, current literature specific to the body region examination and treatment, differential diagnosis, clinical reasoning, and retrospective case studies.

Upcoming Dates

  • Course 1: August 28 & 29, 2020
  • Course 2: October 23 & 24, 2020
  • Course 3: January 22 & 23, 2021
  • Course 4: April 30 & May 1, 2021

Outcomes for each course are measured by written examination, oral-practical examination, case report submissions, and satisfactory completion of all course assignments.

Cost

Registration for each course is $400 for MUSC alumni & clinical instructors. General registration is $490. Registration includes two days of instruction, on-campus parking for both days, lunch on day two.

Prerequisites

Individuals interested in participating in the course must be an active, US licensed physical therapist, with a minimum of one year of independent clinical practice experience.

Course Schedule

Course Description:
This course will focus on the examination, differential diagnosis, and treatment of frequently encountered clinical presentations in patients with selected neuromuscular and musculoskeletal dysfunction involving the lower body. A case-based format will focus upon relevant issues pertaining to the differentiation of clinical conditions involving the lumbar spine, the lumbopelvic complex, the hip joint, and the lower extremity. Structured laboratory sessions will provide instruction in pertinent assessment techniques as well as an introduction to applied manual therapy techniques for the treatment of the lower quarter region.

Key Content Areas:

  1. Pain-Motion Diagrams, evaluate responses to movement
  2. Issues pertaining to PROM testing, examination by selective tension, Cyriax-based principles
  3. Components of the Lower Quarter Screening Examination
  4. Non-musculoskeletal concerns and identification of “red flags”
  5. Differential clusters of signs/symptoms for various types of lower quarter dysfunction
  6. Manual Therapy Techniques:
  • Supine Lumbopelvic Roll
  • Sidelying Lumbar Roll
  • Long Axis Distraction
  • Sacral Mobilizations
  • Mobilization of the Knee
  • Talocrural Distraction
  • Mobilization of the Cuboid

Contact Hours: 16

Cost: $400 - MUSC alumni & clinical instructors, $490 - General
Includes two days of instruction, on-campus parking for both days, lunch on day two.

Course Description:
Featuring the elements and principles of Treatment Based Classification System, this course is structured to present a format for evaluation and treatment of the lumbopelvic spine, and regional considerations, utilizing advanced orthopedic skills. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing clinical decision-making skills and integrating manual therapy procedures within the overall plan of care for the patient with low back pain. Relevant research and evidenced based principles will be presented and discussed. The course will include lectures, discussions, and structured laboratory sessions.

Key Content Areas:

  1. Pain-motion Diagrams; Response to movement testing
  2. Diagnostic Dilemmas; Pathoanatomical considerations vs. Classification principles
  3. Lumbar spine injury mechanics, considerations for segmental stability
  4. Treatment Based Classification System for the treatment of Lumbopelvic dysfunction
  5. Lumbopelvic stabilization principles
  6. Manual Therapy Techniques:
  • Lumbar Rotation
  • Lumbar Closing: (Segmental lever)
  • Lumbar Closing: (Pelvic lever)
  • Lumbar Opening: (Segmental lever)
  • Lumbar Opening: (Pelvis lever)
  • Sidelying Pelvic Correction
  • Lumbosacral Distraction

Contact Hours: 16

Cost: $400 - MUSC alumni & clinical instructors, $490 - General
Includes two days of instruction, on-campus parking for both days, lunch on day two.

Course Description:
This course will focus on the examination, differential diagnosis, and treatment of frequently encountered clinical presentations in patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction involving the upper body. A case-based format will focus upon relevant issues pertaining to the differentiation of clinical conditions involving the cervical spine, the thoracic spine, the thoracic outlet region, and the upper extremity. Structured laboratory sessions will provide instruction in pertinent assessment techniques as well as an introduction to applied manual therapy techniques for treatment of the upper body region.

Key Content Areas:

  1. Pain-Motion Diagrams, evaluate responses to movement
  2. Issues pertaining to cervical artery disease, myelopathic considerations, and vestibular considerations
  3. Components of the Upper Quarter Screening Examination
  4. Non-musculoskeletal concerns and identification of “red flags”
  5. Differential clusters of signs/symptoms for various types of upper quarter dysfunction
  6. Manual Therapy Techniques:
  • Seated Thoracic Distraction
  • Seated Cervicothoracic Distraction
  • Thoracic A-P Mobilization
  • Costotransverse Technique
  • Mid-Cervical Locking Technique
  • Selected Shoulder Mobilization
  • Mobilization for Elbow Extension
  • Mobilization for the Wrist

Contact Hours: 16

Cost: $400 MUSC alumni & clinical instructors, $490 - General
Includes two days of instruction, on-campus parking for both days, lunch on day two.

Course Description:
This course is structured to present a format for evaluation and treatment of the cervical spine utilizing advanced orthopedic skills. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing clinical decision-making skills and integrating manual therapy procedures within the overall plan of care for the patient with cervical spine dysfunction. The course will include lectures, discussions, and structured laboratory sessions.

Key Content Areas:

  1. Pain-motion Diagrams; Motion-palpation; osteokinematic testing
  2. Pathoanatomical considerations
  3. Cervical spine injury mechanics; considerations for segmental stability
  4. Regional, biomechanical assessment of the Cervical Spine
  5. Manual Therapy Techniques:
  • Cervical Locking Techniques
  • Mid-Cervical Closing
  • Mid-Cervical Opening
  • Mobilization of Upper Thoracic Region
  • Mobilization of the Upper Ribs
  • Mobilization of the Mid Thoracic Region

Contact Hours: 16

Cost: $400 - MUSC alumni & clinical instructors, $490 - General
Includes two days of instruction, on-campus parking for both days, lunch on day two.

Review Date: TBD
Testing Date: TBD
Cost: $175

About the Instructors

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Michael Timko, PT, MS, FAAOMPT

Michael Timko is the director of Post Professional Studies and the Musculoskeletal Masters Program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburg. He is an instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Pittsburg, and maintains a clinical practice through the UPMC health care system.  Timko has taught numerous continuing education courses, focusing on evidence-based practice and classification of musculoskeletal disorders. Upon graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in Physical Therapy, he completed the advanced master’s degree program in orthopaedic physical therapy at the University of Pittsburg and worked with Dr. Richard Erhard. Timko taught continuing education courses with Dr. Erhard for over 10 years and has been presenting manual therapy and orthopaedic courses at MUSC since 2002.

Gretchen SeifGretchen Seif, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Gretchen Seif is an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in the College of Health Professions. She is the lab instructor for Surface Anatomy and the Musculoskeletal course series. She has been teaching with Timko for the last two years and coordinates the courses and the online between course assignments. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in PT in 1993, the Medical University of South Carolina with an MHS in 1997, and  Regis University in 2009 with a t-DPT.