The thoracic spine is an important link between the lower and upper body. This course will educate the physical therapist and the physical therapist assistant on thoracic spine mechanics as they relate to overhead upper extremity movement. A review of the anatomy of the thoracic spine and scapulothoracic joint will be presented. Additionally, the surrounding musculature will be discussed as it relates to functional movements of the upper extremity. Clinical assessment and treatment techniques will be presented to help the clinician assess range of motion and functional mobility. Treatment techniques included will be patient self-mobilization, neuromuscular re-education, and therapeutic exercises and activities. Functional examples of the role of the thoracic spine will be discussed including examples of athletic activities. The clinical assessment and treatment approaches will be further developed with case examples.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Barbara Kutch, PT, DPT, CSCS, USAW
Barb graduated from Stockton University in 2010 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. In addition to being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, she has been Titleist Performance Institute Medical level 3 certified since 2017 and became a Certified Running Gait Analyst through the Association of Clinical Excellence in 2018. Most recently she became certified by USA weightlifting as a Level 1 coach. At Penn Medicine Princeton Health, she has developed a physical therapy program specific to golfers. In the clinic she works with athletes and patients of all ages with orthopedic conditions.
Link to participate will be emailed to registrants prior to presentation date.
This presentation is offered as a live event only.