• Date & Time

    Saturday, March 23, 2024: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Registration/Sign-in 7:30 am - 8:00 am) Sunday, March 24, 2024: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Location

    Lubbock, TX

  • Registration: $599

    2nd & 3rd Yr PT Students: $349.00 Repeat Participant: $349.00

NAIOMT COMT-4: Upper Extremity

This is the fourth course in a series of five courses in the COMT certification series. This case-based, lab-focused course features human movement and high performing PT management of the upper extremity.

This case-based, lab-focused course features human movement and high performing PT management of the thoracic spine and rib cage. Participants will screen and analyze the role of the thoracic spine in upper and lower quadrant movement, incorporating the patient's health conditions, pain presentations, and relevant biopsychosocial factors. Mobility patterns of the upper and lower quadrant system are studied, and the central and spinal neurophysiological factors determining normal and abnormal movement patterns. Management strategies include education, activity modification, manual therapy techniques, and individualized neuromuscular rehabilitation prescription, with the goal of restoring optimal function and preventing future health conditions and impairments. Participants will incorporate techniques into evidence-informed clinical practice guidelines for specific upper and lower quadrant movement impairments and interpret relevant outcomes measures to guide treatment progression.
  • Course Details

    This course is 2 days on-site and 7 hours online. Participants will receive an e-link to online coursework 2 weeks prior to the course and to the onsite course materials 1 week prior to the course. Please watch for these links in your email inbox.

  • CEUs

    This course awards 21 CEUs in eligible states. See www.naiomt.com/ceus for details.

  • Refund Policy

    Refunds up to 30 days before event.


Terry Pratt, PT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT

Terrance P. Pratt

Terry is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada and graduated from the Southern University in Tennessee with a B.S. in Anatomy and Physiology (1994), and Andrews University in Michigan with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy (1997). He also has advanced physical therapy distinctions including OCS (2021), FAAOMPT through the NAIOMT program (North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy) in 2013, and his COMT through NAIOMT (2006). He has been a fellowship instructor, course instructor, and examiner for NAIOMT since 2014 teaching over 100 courses across the USA and in Italy. He also has spoken at local community groups, APTA SIG and local APTA conferences. “I always enjoyed being active, so I naturally became interested in physical therapy. Orthopedic physical therapy is like putting together a puzzle. Finding the right pieces to construct a care program to address the needs of the patient while finding the right exercises to help them adapt and recover. I enjoy educating patients on their issues and helping them recognize the impact of their daily activities on their health and wellness. This allows me to tailor a plan to their lives to help them recover and prevent reinjury.” “There’s a long history of “PT” being an acronym for “pain and torture,” but I’ve worked most of my career to change this perception. It’s important to create a safe environment where a patient can express how they’re feeling as we work together to help them reach their optimal health and function.” Outside of the clinic, Terry enjoys family time with his wife, children, as well as running, hiking, traveling, reading, and is a self-described “rudimentary” guitar player.

Course Partners

Some of NAIOMT's Partners Across the US

Course Organizer

The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Inc. (NAIOMT) is a private physical therapist-owned organization dedicated to achieving the highest standards of clinical practice for manual physical therapists. NAIOMT specializes in a flexible teaching program, which seeks to promote the utilization of safe, effective and efficient manual physical therapy management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. It further seeks an environment that is conducive to the application of a reasoned approach to manual physical therapy through critical inquiry and the creation of new knowledge and skills based on scientific study and dissemination of that knowledge. NAIOMT strongly supports the union of the clinician, academician and researcher to further facilitate the development of quality patient care, physical therapy education and the development of master clinicians.