Differential Diagnosis and Medical Screening Introduced by North American
Medical Screening for the presence of disease processes has always been an important part of a
comprehensive patient evaluation. A general knowledge of various disease processes and knowing
when to refer a patient to their physician for further evaluation and testing is critically important.
Franklin, TN, January 26, 2010 --(PR.com)-- North American Seminars Inc. introduces a new physical
therapy continuing education course, Differential Diagnosis and Medical Screening. Screening for the
presence of disease processes has always been an important part of a comprehensive patient evaluation.
However, in this era of direct access to patients, a general knowledge of various disease processes and
knowing when to refer a patient to their physician for further evaluation and testing is critically important.
In fact, many states and medical insurance companies require that physical therapists who see patients
directly, attend continuing education coursework in Differential Diagnosis evaluation techniques. One of
the goals of the APTA's “Vision 2020” is that every state in the US will enact Direct Access legislation
by the year 2020.
While providing required continuing education units, this course offers an overview of the various
elements that must be considered in the Medical Screening of patients, including: a comprehensive
medical history, Red Flag symptoms in various body regions, research findings on clinical predictive
rules for various orthopedic complaints, the significance of vital signs and the body's physiologic
response to exercise, basic tenets of physical examination by body system, and an overview of
pharmacology and imaging studies. Lab components will focus on vital signs, UE and LE neural tension
testing, and heart/lung/abdominal examination.
This course is designed for therapists and is taught by practicing physical therapists. As such, the subject
matter was chosen for clinical relevance, as opposed to being prese