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Alexis Wright

PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Alexis Wright is an Associate Professor and serves as the Director of Curriculum Assessment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Tufts University. Previously, Dr. Wright served as the Assistant Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy, High Point University.

Dr. Wright is a clinical researcher, educator, and practicing physical therapist whose passions include refining and improving the patient examination and treatment process used in everyday physical therapist practice. Dr. Wright received her BS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2006, and a PhD in physical therapy clinical research from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2010. Dr Wright was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2011 and achieved APTA board certified orthopedic specialization in 2015. Dr. Wright is also a 2019 graduate of the Education Leadership Institute Fellowship through the APTA. Dr. Wright is a frequent research presenter at state, national, and international meetings and a productive author with over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts in orthopedic physical therapy.

Dr. Wright currently serves on two journal editorial boards and as a content expert item writer for the Orthopaedic Speciality Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She also currently serves on the APTA Lecture Awards Subcommittee and previous roles included APTA Awards Committee and Nominating Committee Chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Wright is a 2007 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award for the American Physical Therapy Association and a 2012 recipient of the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award for the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition to her research, she continues to practice clinically in North Carolina.

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A Primer on Exercise and Treatment Prescription

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

A Primer on Exercise and Treatment Prescription

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Video Runtime: 62 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 30 Minutes

There is an abundance of evidence to support the use of therapeutic exercise in improving pain across a number of musculoskeletal conditions when done appropriately. This course will review the principles of therapeutic exercise and the physiological principles behind how exercise can facilitate tissue healing. Exercise prescription training principles and variables are reviewed, including progressive overload, specificity, variation, reversibility, and individualization. Viewers will be provided general guidance and recommendations of resistance training in accordance with the American College of Sports Medicine in how to design a program, including training guidelines for strength, power, endurance, hypertrophy, and plyometric training. A review of load management is presented with tips on how to improve load management specific to tissue type. A model of how to progress exercises is presented, with sample exercises and progressions presented to enhance the viewer's exercise prescription skills.

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Evidence-Based Examination of the Hip: An Update

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Evidence-Based Examination of the Hip: An Update

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Video Runtime: 70 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 34 Minutes

In this course, users will evaluate the impact and prevalence of hip dysfunction, understand the imperative patient history elements of a hip examination, and identify which patient history components are affiliated with hip pathology. The most common forms of self-report outcomes measures for the hip are presented and discussed. Viewers will also identify the most prevalent red flags germane to the hip examination and differentiate the purposes of each diagnostic test for sinister problems. An objective is to synthesize the importance of specific, meaningful clinical findings during the examination process and evaluate the benefit of palpation and manual muscle testing as part of a dedicated clinical examination. Lastly, viewers will identify the most diagnostic hip-oriented special tests and apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses. Current research is presented throughout the course to provide learners with the proper tools for evidence-based management of these patients. This course is part of a comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

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Evidence-Based Treatment of the Hip: An Update

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Evidence-Based Treatment of the Hip: An Update

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Video Runtime: 46 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 29 Minutes

In the course, learners will experience the recommended evidence-based interventions for the hip. Users will recognize the more prevalent hip pathologies seen in musculoskeletal practice and understand the proposed benefit to classifying hip conditions through use of the Pain and Disability Drivers Management model. Techniques used to target the primary impairment are explained, as well as the adjunctive techniques used to target the primary impairment and secondary contributors, and the techniques used to target global conditional issues. Learners will analyze the effectiveness of each technique for treatment within the classifications. Throughout the course, current research is presented to provide learners with the proper tools for evidence-based management of these patients. This course is part of a comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

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Hip Examination and Treatment: Cases to Synthesize Learning

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Hip Examination and Treatment: Cases to Synthesize Learning

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Video Runtime: 41 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 14 Minutes

Clinical vignettes, or cases, represent the oldest and most familiar form of medical communication. A vignette presents a hypothetical situation to which learners respond, thereby revealing their perceptions, values, social norms, or impressions of events. This form of learning helps students recognize and interpret important data coming from the patient's problem, enabling students to arrive at a correct diagnosis and treatment course. This course uses four different cases to discuss the most pertinent examination and treatment methods for each given condition. This course is part of a comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

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Evidence-Based Examination of the Foot and Ankle: An Update

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Evidence-Based Examination of the Foot and Ankle: An Update

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Video Runtime: 75 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 22 Minutes

In this course, users will evaluate the impact and prevalence of foot and ankle dysfunction, understand the imperative patient history elements of a foot and ankle examination, and identify which patient history components are affiliated with foot and ankle pathology. The most common forms of self-report outcomes measures for the foot and ankle are presented and discussed. Viewers will also identify the most prevalent red flags germane to the foot and ankle examination and differentiate the purposes of each diagnostic test for sinister problems. An objective is to synthesize the importance of specific, meaningful clinical findings during the examination process and evaluate the benefit of palpation and manual muscle testing as part of a dedicated clinical examination. Lastly, viewers will identify the most diagnostic foot- and ankle-oriented special tests and apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses. Current research is presented throughout the course to provide learners with the proper tools for evidence-based management of these patients. This course is part of a comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

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Evidence-Based Treatment of the Foot and Ankle: An Update

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Evidence-Based Treatment of the Foot and Ankle: An Update

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Video Runtime: 51 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

In this course, learners will experience the recommended evidence-based interventions for the foot and ankle. Users will recognize the more prevalent foot/ankle pathologies seen in musculoskeletal practice and understand the proposed benefit to classifying foot/ankle conditions through use of the Pain and Disability Drivers Management model. Techniques used to target the primary impairment are explained, as well as the adjunctive techniques used to target the primary impairment and secondary contributors, and the techniques used to target global conditional issues. Learners will analyze the effectiveness of each technique for treatment within the classifications. Throughout the course, current research is presented to provide learners with the proper tools for evidence-based management of these patients. This course is part of a comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

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Foot and Ankle Examination and Treatment: Cases to Synthesize Learning

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Foot and Ankle Examination and Treatment: Cases to Synthesize Learning

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Video Runtime: 39 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 14 Minutes

Clinical vignettes, or cases, represent the oldest and most familiar form of medical communication. A vignette presents a hypothetical situation to which learners respond, thereby revealing their perceptions, values, social norms, or impressions of events. This form of learning helps students recognize and interpret important data coming from the patient's problem, enabling students to arrive at a correct diagnosis and treatment course. This course uses four different cases to discuss the most pertinent examination and treatment methods for each given condition. This course is part of a comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

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Evidence-Based Examination of the SIJ/Pelvis

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Evidence-Based Examination of the SIJ/Pelvis

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Video Runtime: 56 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

In this course, users will evaluate the impact and prevalence of SIJ and pelvic dysfunction, understand the imperative patient history elements of a SIJ/pelvis examination, and identify which patient history components are affiliated with SIJ/pelvis pathology. The most common forms of self-report outcomes measures for the SIJ/pelvis are presented and discussed. Viewers will also identify the most prevalent red flags germane to the SIJ/pelvis examination, and differentiate the purposes of each diagnostic test for sinister problems. An objective is to synthesize the importance of specific, meaningful clinical findings during the examination process and evaluate the benefit of palpation and manual muscle testing as part of a dedicated clinical examination. Lastly, viewers will identify the most diagnostic SIJ/pelvis-oriented special tests and apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses. Current research is presented throughout the course to provide learners with the proper tools for evidence-based management of these patients. This course is part of a comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

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Evidence-Based Treatment of the SIJ/Pelvis

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Evidence-Based Treatment of the SIJ/Pelvis

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Video Runtime: 47 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 14 Minutes

In this course, learners will experience the recommended evidence-based interventions for the sacroiliac joint and pelvis. Users will recognize the more prevalent SIJ/pelvis pathologies seen in musculoskeletal practice and understand the proposed benefit to classifying SIJ/pelvis conditions through use of the Pain and Disability Drivers Management model. Techniques used to target the primary impairment are explained, as well as the adjunctive techniques used to target the primary impairment and secondary contributors, and the techniques used to target global conditional issues. Learners will analyze the effectiveness of each technique for treatment within the classifications. Throughout the course, current research is presented to provide learners with the proper tools for evidence-based management of these patients. This course is part of a comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

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Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome Part 1: An Update for Clinicians

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome Part 1: An Update for Clinicians

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There has been a 25-fold increase in the number of hip arthroscopies performed between 2006 and 2013 primarily in response to improved diagnosis and treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome. This course highlights some of the more recent evidence regarding the diagnosis, epidemiology, and structural adaptations with regards to FAI syndrome. Latest evidence regarding conservative treatment of FAI syndrome is presented as well as demonstrations of suggested manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription.

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Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome Part 2: Complex Systems Approach

Presented by Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome Part 2: Complex Systems Approach

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There has been a 25-fold increase in the number of hip arthroscopies performed between 2006 and 2013 primarily in response to improved diagnosis and treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome. This course takes a closer look at the evidence regarding surgical outcomes, highlighting some of the limitations associated with surgery and presents an alternative theory as to why surgery may not be the best option. We go on further to present literature regarding the complex systems approach to sports injuries and offer a proposed model for improving conservative management of FAI syndrome through advanced exercise prescription.

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