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Eric Robertson

PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, MFA, is associate professor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, and associate professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, CA. Previously he served as Director of Graduate Physical Therapy Education for Kaiser Permanente Northern California and assistant professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and the University of Texas at El Paso. He received his bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University and his doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree from Boston University. He is board certified in orthopedics (OCS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Dr. Robertson currently serves on the Standards Committee for the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) and Associate Editor for the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Dr. Robertson has taught musculoskeletal physical therapy, pharmacology, differential diagnosis, and radiology courses in several physical therapy education programs from entry level through the postgraduate level. He has authored several web-based continuing education courses for entry-level and post-professional physical therapy residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Robertson has served as a consultant for various health technology start-ups and currently is an advisor to OneStep (www.onestep.co), a digital physical therapy provider based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Dr. Robertson's research interests lie in educational research, evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, and exploring the impact of technology on health care. Dr. Robertson has served as an author for clinical practice guidelines and within the Current Concepts course series for the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Robertson's work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, on popular health websites, and in large television and print media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com, Good Morning America, and TIME magazine. He was previously a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Mentoring the Advanced Practitioner in Physical Therapy

Presented by Carol Courtney, PT, PhD, ATC, FAAOMPT and Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Mentoring the Advanced Practitioner in Physical Therapy

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Video Runtime: 73 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 18 Minutes

This course will explore methods to promote clinical reasoning and the inclusion of research evidence into clinical practice. Distinctions between serving as a clinical instructor, mentor, or life coach will be discussed. This course will discuss how orthopedic manual physical therapy (OMPT) mentorship incorporates both the scope and dimensions of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) into the mentoring process. Both theoretical and practical aspects of how to encourage advanced diagnostic reasoning, clinical reasoning, and the transition from novice to expert will be deliberated.

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Integrative Clinical Reasoning Part 1: Decision-Making Building Blocks

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Integrative Clinical Reasoning Part 1: Decision-Making Building Blocks

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Video Runtime: 59 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 29 Minutes

Part 1 of this two-part series tackles the complex task of weaving together various nomenclature and clinical reasoning models into a coherent systematic approach for understanding how to best manage patients. Throughout this course, components of pain science, clinical guidelines, and traditional management theories will be synthesized. It should be utilized as a review on its own to assist with advanced patient management or as part of the OCS Prep series.

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Integrative Clinical Reasoning Part 2: Applications in Practice

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Integrative Clinical Reasoning Part 2: Applications in Practice

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Video Runtime: 55 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 25 Minutes

Part 2 of this 2-part series tackles the complex task of weaving together various nomenclature and clinical reasoning models into a coherent systematic approach for understanding how to best manage patients. Throughout this course, components of pain science, clinical guidelines, and traditional management theories will be synthesized. This second part specifically tackles acute and chronic low back pain, complex regional pain syndrome, and osteoarthritis. It should be utilized as a review on its own to assist with advanced patient management or as part of the OCS Prep series.

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Advanced Spinal Pathology for Physical Therapists

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Advanced Spinal Pathology for Physical Therapists

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Video Runtime: 89 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 25 Minutes

This course reviews advanced spine pathologies and diagnostic criteria. It should be utilized as a review on its own to assist with differential diagnosis or as part of the OCS Prep series. The course will review current clinical guidelines and diagnostic classifications for low back pain as well as a high-level overview of evidence for interventions. Case applications will demonstrate the implementation of best evidence into clinical problems.

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Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Entrapments

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Entrapments

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This course is part of our OCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge OCS Prep-Program.

The upper extremity is a prime location for disorders related to peripheral nerves. This course will review the anatomy of peripheral, median and ulnar nerves and how they are related to disorders like carpal tunnel and pronator teres syndrome. Through the use of a patient case, learn about integrated clinical reasoning for patients with upper extremity Peripheral Nerve Entrapments and the management of patients with upper extremity peripheral nerve entrapments.

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Differential Diagnosis of the Upper Quarter

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Differential Diagnosis of the Upper Quarter

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Differential diagnosis of the upper quarter covers medical screening and principles of primary care for physical therapists in the musculoskeletal setting. Reliable identification of conditions outside the scope of physical therapy practice is an explicit skill of the clinical specialist. This course will review common conditions encountered by physical therapists in the orthopedic realm.

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Differential Diagnosis of the Lower Quarter

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Differential Diagnosis of the Lower Quarter

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Differential diagnosis of the lower quarter covers medical screening and principles of primary care for physical therapists in the musculoskeletal setting. Reliable identification of conditions outside the scope of physical therapy practice is an explicit skill of the clinical specialist. This course will review common conditions encountered by physical therapists in the orthopedic realm.

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Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Distal UE

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Distal UE

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The elbow, wrist, and hand are key to our daily function in life. A thorough understanding of the distal upper extremity and diagnosis and management of patients with disorders of this area is a critical skill for all physical therapists. This course will review key conditions and management principles of advanced practice for patients with disorders of the distal upper extremity.

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Evidence-Informed Practice for the Clinical Specialist

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Evidence-Informed Practice for the Clinical Specialist

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For most clinicians, the concept of continually keeping up with literature and integrating the best and most appropriate research findings into practice can be challenging. There are time constraints, problems with access to literature, and the intimidating language present in many research articles. This course will review key concepts in evidence-informed practice in a focused manner that will assist clinicians in their efforts to effectively manage patients. In a non-nonsense manner, this course will focus on key application of these concepts at the clinical specialist level.

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Orthopedic Case Studies of the Shoulder

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Orthopedic Case Studies of the Shoulder

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Shoulder pain is a common diagnosis seen in outpatient orthopedic clinics. The causes for shoulder pain are varied, and although a particular mechanism of injury may point to one specific diagnosis, it is necessary to appropriately analyze the patient's symptoms and clinical presentation to determine the accurate physical therapy diagnosis.

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Orthopedic Case Studies of the Lumbar Spine

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Orthopedic Case Studies of the Lumbar Spine

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This is a collection of three cases involving the lumbar spine presented in "rounds" style, where a resident presents the case to faculty for discussion. The cases will review differential diagnosis, examination, intervention, and prognosis for patients with various presentations of low back pain. Test items and small lectures are interspersed to help integrate concepts and highlight key content.

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Orthopedic Case Studies of the Cervical Spine

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Orthopedic Case Studies of the Cervical Spine

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This course is a collection of three cases involving the cervical spine presented in "rounds" style, where a resident presents the case to faculty for discussion. The cases will review differential diagnosis, examination, intervention, and prognosis for patients with various presentations of neck pain. Test items and small lectures are interspersed to help integrate concepts and highlight key content.

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Cranio-Mandibular Case Studies

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Cranio-Mandibular Case Studies

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This course is part of our OCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge OCS Prep-Program.

The upper cervical spine and cranio-mandibular area are home to a variety of structures critical for life. The burden to properly and thoroughly screen patients with complaints in these regions is crucial. This course reviews red flag screening for cns symptoms and intervention options as part of a patient's case while discussing TMJ kinematics and biomechanics and efficient mechanisms for proper client management.

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Case Studies of the Upper Quarter: Elbow and Wrist

Presented by Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Case Studies of the Upper Quarter: Elbow and Wrist

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In these case studies we'll assess two different patients referred to physical therapy for elbow and wrist pain. The first patient is a 39-year-old right handed male who has returned to school for his PhD in microbiology. The patient is referred to physical therapy for right achy elbow pain that started six months ago, which was three weeks into his new program. The second is A 27-year-old left handed female with a newborn (six weeks old) infant, who is referred to physical therapy for left radial wrist pain that started when she was eight months pregnant. Our panel will review the anatomy and differential diagnosis related to each condition. Furthermore, our panel will assess proper examination procedures and identify interventions to properly manage each patient's progress through physical therapy.

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Conservative Management of the ACL Deficient Knee

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Conservative Management of the ACL Deficient Knee

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Surgical repair of damaged anterior cruciate ligaments is almost a standard of care in the United States, with the vast majority of tears managed surgically. There is another option for some patients, however, and emerging evidence can help us identify who those people might be. This course overviews conservative management of ACL injury

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Case Studies of the Hip: Osteoarthritis

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Case Studies of the Hip: Osteoarthritis

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Hip pain is a commonly encountered medical condition in physical therapy clinics. Diagnostic requirements include not only identifying a cause for the pain locally in the hip, but also ruling out pain from areas like the lumbar spine. This case reviews a 53-year-old male who presented to physical therapy with left hip pain and groin pain that began five weeks prio and gradually worsened. He works as a plumber, and is often squatting, stooping and climbing up and down stairs over the course of a long work day.

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Orthopedic Case Studies of the Foot and Ankle

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Orthopedic Case Studies of the Foot and Ankle

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This course is part of our OCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge OCS Prep-Program.

In these studies our panel will discuss two patients. Our first patient, a 34-year-old female, has utilized direct access to be seen in physical therapy after she slipped on some ice five days ago while running to catch the bus and turned her right ankle inward. The pain is located on the outside of the ankle and she indicates that the swelling has improved some with the compression sock, but overall it is still swollen and she has significant bruising.Our other patient, a 62-year-old female, was referred to physical therapy for pain on the bottom of her left foot that started four weeks ago when she began training for a breast cancer walk where she will be walking up to ten miles a day for three days. If she stands for more than ten minutes, she develops a burning sensation in the medial arch on the left side.

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Study Strategies for Standardized Physical Therapy Examinations

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Study Strategies for Standardized Physical Therapy Examinations

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This course is part of our OCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge OCS Prep-Program.

As students prepare to take specialty examinations in physical therapy, much of their time and focus is justifiably spent studying the content of the text they are taking, orthopaedics, sports, geriatrics, etc. However, just as important is to spend some time preparing for how to take the exam, and understanding its structure and design, as well as identifying and reducing the type and numbers of errors you make as a test taker. This course will review study tips for taking physical therapy specialty examinations through lecture and practice examples. By taking this course, you can optimize your chances of success!

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Utilizing ICF Guidelines and Treatment-Based Classifications

Presented by Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Utilizing ICF Guidelines and Treatment-Based Classifications

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This course is part of our OCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge OCS Prep-Program.

In this course, participants will learn to utilize the International Classification of Functioning and Disability (ICF) guidelines in clinical practice and in preparation for the OCS examination. Dr. Eric Robertson describes the ICF model from an evidence-based practice lens. Participants will explore the Orthopaedic Section's ICF Guideline project, including history and development, review of topics covered, guideline organization, and impact on orthopaedic specialist practice. This course also reviews the epidemiology of low back pain and its relation to classification systems. Low back pain is a commonly encountered problem and the most common condition seen in musculoskeletal physical therapy settings. Research supports the use of classification systems for low back pain, and the treatment-based classification system is one such system that has gained wide support, both in the literature and clinically. This course will provide an overview of treatment-based classification (TBC) and serve as an introduction to utilizing this approach for patients with low back pain.

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