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The Aging Spine

presented by Stefany Shaibi, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

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What are the best evaluative techniques for spinal pain in the elderly? What are the best interventions? Spinal pain is a common problem among the elderly and it is important to understand the effect of aging on the spine. This course emphasizes evidence-based evaluation and treatment of the aging spine. After completing this course, the learner will be more prepared to safely treat this population.

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Stefany Shaibi, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

Stefany Shaibi earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. She is double board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in orthopedics and geriatrics. She is an associate clinical professor of physical therapy at Creighton University--Phoenix, where she teaches courses in musculoskeletal and orthopedic evaluation as well…

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1. The Aging Spine

This chapter is an overview of normal aging versus pathology of the spine in the elderly. A discussion of the incidence and prevalence of spinal pain is included. Regardless of setting, a physical therapist will interact with patients that have spinal pain.

2. Pathophysiology of the Spine

This chapter will cover the pathophysiology of spinal pain in the elderly. The impairments associated with each condition will be discussed. Even with imaging and a thorough evaluation, there may not be a definitive pathoanatomical diagnosis. Interventions may be aimed at improving impairments as opposed to treating a specific diagnosis.

3. Evidence-Based Examination and Evaluation

This chapter discusses the examination and evaluation of spinal pain in an elderly patient. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based techniques for differential diagnosis of spinal pain. This is important to determine appropriateness of physical therapy, as well as differential diagnosis.

4. Evidence-Based Interventions

This chapter will discuss physical therapy interventions that have been shown in the literature to be beneficial for spinal pain in the elderly. As a clinician it is important to implement safe and effective interventions for this population.

5. Prognosis

This chapter discusses the prognosis of spinal pain in the elderly with regards to specific diagnoses as well as non-specific spinal pain.

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