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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Part I: The Physical Therapist as a Work Injury Prevention Consultant

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Part I: The Physical Therapist as a Work Injury Prevention Consultant     $44.93

This lecture is part of the following course:
Build a Work Injury Consulting Practice


This course defines the physical therapist as the expert workplace injury consultant of choice. It describes the scope of services the physical therapist can offer to assist workers and workplaces reduce the impact of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The course emphasizes the role of the physical therapist as an MSD prevention consultant, which then leads to expanded roles in injured worker recovery.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 1.50


Difficulty: Intermediate


The purpose of this course is to empower the physical therapist to build a scope of workplace consulting services to address MSD prevention and recovery, with an emphasis on prevention services as a basis for building a consulting practice.

Goals & Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, the attendee should be able to:

  1. Define the roles and scope of practice of the physical therapist as a workplace MSD prevention consultant, particularly in the context of the APTA Vision 2020 Statement.
  2. Describe the unique qualifications of the physical therapist as the workplace MSD consultant expert of choice.
  3. List the specific services the PT may offer to client workplaces beyond traditional clinical patient care.
  4. List the advantages of working as a prevention consultant that are not commonly encountered in the traditional fee-for-service clinic treatment practice.
  5. Describe the basic structures of:
    1. MSD work risks analysis
    2. Back school
    3. Neck-arm school
    4. Workplace manager-supervisor training objectives
    5. The on-site PT clinic
    6. Preferred PT provider agreements.
  6. Define three categories of MSD risk factors other than workplace design ergonomics issues.
  7. Define four sources of increased MSD Worker Compensation costs-per-claim.
  8. Describe four common MSD prevention intervention strategies available to the individual worker.
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