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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Part II: Workplace MSD Pathomechanics and Risk Factors

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Part II: Workplace MSD Pathomechanics and Risk Factors     $74.87

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


This course details the various issues that create and complicate workplace MSD. The course describes the pathogenesis of various work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) of the upper extremity and low back: overuse, micro-trauma, neurovascular entrapments, degeneration, dysfunction and derangements. Such issues as nutrient pathway, tissue ischemia, thoracic outlet compression, adverse neural tension and static posture versus repetitive tasks will be examined as contributors to MSD, along with ergonomics, work behaviors and workplace policies.

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: 2.50


Difficulty: Intermediate


The purpose of this course is to build the expertise of the workplace physical therapist on the pathogenesis of MSD, workplace risk factors, socio-political issues, and workplace evaluation skills that provide the basis for interventions.

Goals & Objectives:

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

  1. Define the differences between dysfunction, degeneration and derangement as they pertain to the worker with low back pain.
  2. List the risk factors for workplace low back micro-trauma and macro-trauma injuries.
  3. List low back injury risks that are not related to lifting demands.
  4. Define the differences between repetitive motion injuries and static posture disorders.
  5. Define “nutrient pathway disorder” as it pertains to workplace MSD.
  6. Describe the role of proximal posture in the pathogenesis of distal upper extremity MSD.
  7. Describe the aging process of musculoskeletal tissues at the cellular level, as well as its effect on MSD.
  8. Describe thoracic outlet compression and its contribution to workplace MSD.
  9. Define the term “up-regulation” of pain and its causes.
  10. Define the pathomechanics of rotator cuff tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis, deQuervain’s tenosynovitis and plantar fasciitis and list their risk factors in the workplace.
  11. Define carpal tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome and adverse neural tension and list their risk factors in the workplace.
  12. List the dysfunctions that may be present with forward head posture.
  13. List workplace politics, policies and attitudes that impact MSD claims, lost days and costs.
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