Differential Diagnosis of the Spine: Physical Diagnosis of the Spine

About The Course:

Delaying proper treatment due to poor diagnosis is detrimental to a patient's well being. The sooner a patient with a non musculoskeletal issue is referred to the correct practitioner, the sooner the patient will receive the best and most appropriate treatment.  The first course in the Differential Diagnosis of the Spine series deals with understanding statistics to be able to utilize Clinical Prediction Rules for diagnosis and treatment. Red and Yellow Flags, History, system reviews and specific mandatory questions that must be asked in every history taken will be discussed.    The first course in this series also gives the student an introduction to the Viscerogenic, Vasculogenic, Neurogenic, Psychogenic and Spondylogenic categories of diseases that can refer to the spine.

Outline Of Content:

1.What Is Differential Diagnosis And Reasons For Screening

      • Objectives
      • Statistical definitions and what they mean
      • Reliability
      • Sensitivity
      • Specificity
      • Positive Predictive Value
      • Negative Predictive Value
      • Positive Likelihood ratio (+)
      • Negative Likelihood Ratio (-)
      • Clinical prediction rules

      2. Understanding Red Flags

      • Understanding Yellow Flags  
      • System Review
      • Self reporting indexes and scales/ Functional outcome
      • Detailed history
      • Mandatory questions

      3. Diseases That Relate Or Refer To The Spine:  Pathology

      • Viscerogenic
      • Neoplasm
      • Vascular
      • Neurogenic
      • Psychogenic
      • Spondylogenic


      1. List five statistical references that relate to evidence based practice.
      2. List four Red flags that are pertinent in the evaluation component of treatment.
      3. Identify the five categories that pertain to possible spinal pain and referred pain.
      4. Describe the characteristics of two metabolic diseases that can affect the spine.

      About The Instructor:

      Debra Dent, BPT, Dip Manip PT, OCS, FCAMPT. 

      Debra has nearly 40 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy and her Bachelor of Physical Therapy. Ms. Dent also received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT). She is certified as a Part B Manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is an American Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the APTA. 

      Ms. Dent was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association prior to moving to the U.S. She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MScPT undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the U.S. and Canada. 

      Ms. Dent is the owner of Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Palm Harbor, Florida. Her primary case load is Rheumatology and Osteoarthritic patients and she works with a multitude of related dysfunctions, as well as aging and osteoporosis. 

      Instructor Name Debra Dent
      Cost CA$99.00
      Run Time 1:24:44
      Access Duration Indefinite access after purchase