Course Descriptions - MHS in Clinical Chiropractic Orthopedics

ORTH6001 : ADVANCED ORTHOPEDIC PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE
3.00 credits: Course covers orthopedic principles and pathologies from basic science aspects through to clinical presentation, providing a foundation for further coursework and studies in orthopedics. Care is taken to ensure that topics are covered at an appropriate depth and breadth of scope to avoid redundancy with prior course work in clinical orthopedics. Standardized patients are used to illustrate key elements of clinical orthopedic assessment. Professional, medicolegal, and recordkeeping issues are also explored from a practical viewpoint.
ORTH6002 : CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE
3.00 credits: The nervous system (central, peripheral, autonomic) is explored in great depth regarding relevant neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and correlated clinically for the chiropractic orthopedist. Common and critically important neurological syndromes and disorders are presented from a clinical point of view. Preventing, recognizing and managing acute and chronic pain syndromes are emphasized. Pharmacology related to orthopedic practice as well as non-drug approaches to management are discussed. The practical component consists of the orthopedic and neurological examination of standardized patients.
ORTH6003 : DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, CLINICAL LAB, AND NUTRITION
3.00 credits: Course provides instruction regarding adjuncts to the standard history and physical exam consisting of clinically important tools of diagnostic imaging, clinical laboratory tests, and nutritional strategies that can be used to more effectively diagnose and/or manage orthopedic conditions. All clinically relevant imaging modalities will be presented with an emphasis on advanced imaging. Clinical laboratory testing for common and critical musculoskeletal and neurological disorders is provided. Current, well-researched nutrition therapy as it relates to orthopedic conditions as well as neurological disorders is presented. Course discussion will largely use a case-based perspective in arriving at differential diagnoses using diagnostic imaging, lab reports and/or nutritional data.
ORTH6004 : REGIONAL ORTHOPEDICS I
3.00 credits: Covers relevant anatomy, biomechanics, history and physical examination, differential diagnosis, management (active and passive) of conditions (common and critical) of the head, neck, TMJ and upper extremity. Special emphasis will be placed on the work-up of signs and symptoms (rather than named disorders) to ensure complete coverage of conditions at a level commensurate with advanced study of clinical orthopedics. Additional time is spent discussing organic pathologies that may mimic neuromusculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity (e.g. referred pain).
ORTH6005 : REGIONAL ORTHOPEDICS II
3.00 credits: Covers relevant anatomy, biomechanics, history and physical examination, differential diagnosis, management (active and passive) of conditions (common and critical) of the thoracic spine, lumbar spine and pelvis and lower extremity. Special emphasis will be placed on the work-up of signs and symptoms (rather than named disorders) to ensure complete coverage of conditions at a level commensurate with advanced study of clinical orthopedics. Additional time is spent discussing organic pathologies that may mimic neuromusculoskeletal disorders, particularly from the chest and abdomen.
ORTH6006 : BIOMECHANICS AND KINESIOLOGY/PHYSICAL REHABILITATION
3.00 credits: Course includes focused study and application of the principles of biomechanics and kinesiology, exercise science and physical rehabilitation with an emphasis on clinical applications in the chiropractic specialty practice of orthopedics. Also covers the principles and practice of using assistive devices, bracing, supports, orthotics and other orthopedic appliances that are used in practice. Practical sessions will be held in a clinical setting including hands-on experiences and working with standardized patients to illustrate key elements of clinical biomechanics, exercise science and physical rehabilitation.
ORTH6107 : PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDICS
3.00 credits: Course will cover the normal growth and development of children ages 0-18 as it relates specifically to the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Emphasis will be placed on disorders of childhood related to these systems. In-depth coverage of pediatric NMS conditions and management (both conservative and medical) will be discussed. Preventive behaviors and lifestyle habits that are related to nerve, muscle and bone health are explored.
ORTH6108 : GERIATRIC ORTHOPEDICS
3.00 credits: Course will cover the normal physiology of aging of adults ages 65 and above as it relates specifically to the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Emphasis will be placed on disorders (both common and critical) of older adulthood related to these systems. In-depth coverage of geriatric NMS conditions and management (both conservative and medical) will be discussed. Preventive behaviors and lifestyle habits that ensure successful aging particularly those related to nerve, muscle and bone health are explored.
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