Clinical Assessment of the Trunk and Lower Limb

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Health care practitioners have a professional obligation to conduct an assessment for each treatment. Treatment choices are made according to the results of assessments, which indicate to the therapist the tissues involved, precautions that should be taken, and the presence of any treatment contraindications. This course explores common pathologies of the lower body through an examination of posture, range of motion, and orthopedic testing. Clinical assessments are detailed to assist the therapist in ruling in/out certain conditions in the thoracic and lumbar spine, hip and SI joint, knee, ankle and foot.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Postural assessment of the spine, hips, and lower limbs.
  • Active Free (AF), Passive Relaxed (PR), and Resisted Isometric (RI) Range of Motion assessment of the thoracolumbar spine, SI joint, hips, and lower limb.
  • Common pathologies, range of motion presentation, and orthopedic tests to rule in/out common conditions in the trunk and lower limb.

Under the CMTO’s new Quality Assurance Program (STRiVE), courses are no longer granted approval by the CMTO. It is up to the learner to demonstrate that a course is relevant to their learning goals and the STRiVE competencies. We have provided the description below to help the learner link the course to the STRiVE competencies. A course is often related to more STRiVE competencies than those listed.

The competencies below are established in the CMTO continuing education guidelines. This course addresses the competencies in many ways, including those described below.

Work within areas of personal knowledge and skills. This course provides an RMT with the opportunity to fill gaps in knowledge of assessing common conditions in the trunk and lower limb. This knowledge involves recognizing common symptoms and being able to apply appropriate tests to rule in/out conditions. By applying the knowledge taught in this course, the RMT is able to have a clearer clinical impression of the condition and formulate a more effective treatment plan.

Function in a client-centred manner. This course reinforces awareness of the benefits of providing a thorough assessment. It enables the RMT to have a vast variety of assessment tools to use to better understand the patient’s condition and treat the patient more effectively.

Manage time and resources effectively. This course provides the RMT with the resources to provide thorough and effective assessments which will allow them to manage their time with the patient more effectively.

Use an evidence-informed approach in your work. This course was developed based on current evidence and research by an RMT experienced in performing clinical assessment of the trunk and lower limb. The Dexterity Professional Development promise is to evaluate every course on a biannual basis to ensure any developments or changes in the profession are reflected in course content. Thus, RMTs who take this course and adopt its recommendations can be assured that they are practicing in a manner consistent with current developments. A resource list is included in the downloadable guide to every course so that RMTs can conduct further research and/or confirm course findings. All course content and recommendations have been evaluated by RMTs to affirm the accuracy of the content and its compliance with RMT guidelines. For more details, please see Our Quality Control Process.






Benjamin Reid
B.Sc., RMT

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