During a Cervical Spine I class, one of our course participants who had surgery for a cervical myleopathy still presents with upper motor neuron signs (although diminished since the surgery). He allowed us to film them so fellow PTs can see what babinski, clonus, hoffmans sign and pronator rigidity present like.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Stacy Soappman explains why it's useful to have three different muscle testing approaches for the lumbar spine. Essentially, each has a different intent:
For neurological conductivity, fatiguing versus consistent weakness.
Looking at the power position, and giving it a manual muscle test grade to document in chart to use an objective measure to show how they've improved and gained strength over the course of physical therapy.
To pick up minor tissue damage, if looking for grade one strain.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Michael Lucido demonstrates how physical therapists can evaluate a patient's suspected cervicogenic headache.
Do you treat runners? Or people who want to be runners? In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty Stacy Soappman discusses a common ankle problem that can lead to pain in the foot, ankle, or knee, and one way to assess and treat.
In the Cervical I manual therapy lab demonstration below, NAIOMT Faculty Member Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT addresses modifications to the Halpike-Dix maneuver for BPPV. The majority of patients have sensitivity in cervical spine extension and rotation.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT Faculty Member Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT demonstrates a great technique for testing ROM in the cervical spine without a goniometer.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Stacy Soappman discusses what happens when the AA joint is restricting our right rotation, and one way we can help patients regain it.
Since spring-like weather is taking its sweet time in many parts of the country, full-on cycling season has yet to blossom. Not being a huge fan of the lingering cold, myself, I'm among all the fair weather cyclists that have been crowding into spin class, preparing for warmer outdoor riding. And tends to happens when you're in our profession, :) people have been stopping me after class to ask questions about the various aches and pains they are experiencing as they exercise and get ready for summer sports. The question I'm most frequently asked?
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's distinguished faculty instructor Ann Porter Hoke demonstrates an atlantoaxial rotary stability test (weight bearing-seated).
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Stacy Soappman demonstrates an anterior shear test of the lumbar Spine that can be helpful in assessing patients who may be experiencing pain with everyday activities such as carrying children or groceries.