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Orthopedics Entry To Practice

Orthopedics Entry To Practice

Orthopedics Entry To Practice


Are you a physiotherapy new grad who is beginning a career in orthopedics and private practice and struggling to identify which continuing education courses will jumpstart your professional journey? Are you also new to Embodia and need help sifting through our vast library of orthopedic physiotherapy courses?

If you said yes to any of the above, you're in the right place! We know how intimidating and stressful it can be starting out on your physiotherapy journey and have thus created an "Orthopedics Entry To Practice" course track.

These online continuing education courses are highly informative, applicable, and completely self-paced, so there's no need to book a weekend off work. The courses chosen in this course track are affordably priced and will provide you with the confidence you need to excel in the assessment and management of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, while also providing you with the tools to best educate your patient about important topics like chronic pain and self-management.  

This course track contains physiotherapy courses that have been sub sectioned into: Core Courses (which focus on global aspects of patient care) and Regional Courses (which focus on specific joints/regions). 

The course instructors are experts in their respective fields. Instructors like Bahram Jam, Carolyn Vandyken, Joe Tatta, Dr. Erson Religioso III, Stephen Shaffer, and many more are here to help you on your journey!



Throughout this course track the following topics will be covered:

  • Prevention of chronic pain
  • Functional nutrition
  • Implementing the Biopsychosocial approach into your practice
  • Integration of manual therapy 
  • Referred and radicular pain patterns 
  • In-depth Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) assessment and management 
  • Take the complexity out of the shoulder complex
  • Telerehab friendly management of Low Back Pain (LBP)
  • Cervical and Lumbar spine assessments 
  • New research on knee osteoarthritis (OA) management
  • The EEMO approach to the foot and ankle 
  • An introductory pelvic health course

This course track cumulatively has 15+ hours of high quality pre-recorded content. Pricing will vary based on if you are currently an Embodia member.


Details to Note:

This course track is meant strictly as an outline and does not have to followed completely. We have the option to purchase the entire track as a Bundle on checkout or you can purchase certain courses in this track individually. We also have the option to purchase only the Core or Regional courses as a bundle.

Some courses are free for Embodia Members (subscribers).


Core Courses:


1. APTEI: Preventing Chronic Pain

Time: 45-60 Minutes 

Price: $49.00 / Free for Members

Instructor: Bahram Jam

We believe it's time to focus more on PREVENTION rather than just management of chronic pain once it's developed. With the intention of finding the exact cause of musculoskeletal pain, the use of medical imaging such as x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans have dramatically increased!

One could assume that with the amazing technological advances in diagnosis, and with the exponential growth in various medical and therapeutic interventions, we would have somewhat reduced the prevalence of chronic pain. Unfortunately NOT. So what's going on? 


2. An Introduction to Functional Nutrition for Chronic Pain

Time: 60-75 Minutes

Price: $50.00 / Free for Members

Instructor: Joe Tatta

Do your patients continually struggle with pain and fail to make functional improvements with traditional treatments? Are you frustrated with not being able to do more and help them experience less pain?

Learn how functional nutrition can improve your patient outcomes, reverse chronic pain and transform your practice. Join Joe Tatta, a physical therapist and founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, for this one hour introduction to how you can integrate functional nutrition into your practice. 


3. Biopsychosocial: It's More Than Just a Buzzword

Time: 60 -75 Minutes

Price: Free for All

Instructor: Carolyn Vandyken

This online physiotherapy course by Carolyn Vandyken is a call to change your practice. Stop, and really take a hard look at your practice of treating pain. Is it complicit with the current research and knowledge, or are you stuck in a model that is outdated and doesn’t serve us or our population well?

Let's move beyond “talking” about a biopsychosocial model of care and truly incorporate this model into your practice.


4. Integrating Manual Therapy and Patient Education: Transform Passive Care into Active Care

Time: 75 Minutes

Price: $29.99 / Free with Membership

Instructor: Dr. Erson Religioso III

Manual therapy is evidence-based for restoring mobility and alleviating pain. What many clinicians don’t emphasize correctly is the patient’s role in their recovery. For decades, manual therapy, like physical agents, was (and still is) promoted as a fix, rather than a means to an end.

This course covers how to be true to evidence-based care and how to use manual therapy in an active, patient empowering approach to rehabilitation.


5. Referred and Radicular Pain Patterns in Orthopedic Physiotherapy

Time: 60-75 Minutes

Price: $74.99 

Instructor: Stephen Shaffer

This course presents clinically vital information with respect to both referred pain patterns and radicular symptoms. Unfortunately, entry-level healthcare education leaves practitioners without a robust understanding of these topics, leaving clinicians confused and unprepared when faced with these pain patterns in clinic.

For example, do you know how many non-C6 nerve roots can radiate symptoms to the thumb? Additionally, can you name at least 7 non-neural structures that can mimic sciatic nerve pain? If you don't know the answers to these questions then you would benefit from completing this course.


Regional Courses:


1. APTEI: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Management

Time: 4 Hours of content

Price: $149.00 / $139.00 for Members

Instructor: Bahram Jam

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most used, yet ignored joints in the body. Clinicians don’t regularly evaluate the TMJ since it is often not a patient’s primary complaint, when in fact it may be the primary source of the patient’s symptoms.

This online physiotherapy course by Bahram Jam, founder of the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI), will review the basic physiotherapy approach to the evaluation and management of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Learn more about TMJ by joining this online physiotherapy course today!


2. Taking the Complexity out of the Shoulder Complex: A Hierarchical Approach to Assessment, Treatment, and Movement Prescription

Time: 60-75 Minutes

Price: $19.99 / Free for Members

Instructor: Tom Swales

The shoulder joint is one of the most common areas of the body prone to injury due to the complexity of its design and mobility available to it. The number of tests used to assess and diagnose can be daunting and the exercises available to it overwhelming!

How would you like to have some order and flow to your assessment and treatment approach to find out where the root cause is coming from and how to treat it most effectively? Join Physiotherapist Tom Swales and take the complexity out of the shoulder complex. 


3. Managing Mechanical LBP and PGP: Telerehabilitation Friendly

Time: 5 Hours of content

Price: $249.00

Instructor: Carolyn Vandyken

When taking a biopsychosocial approach, confidently saying to your patient that their pain is related to mechanical factors can be a real challenge.  Do you have a systematic way to rule in and rule out mechanical hip pain, low back pain, and pelvic girdle pain?

This online physiotherapy course helps clinicians to consolidate their understanding of mechanical pain. Following this 5+ hour course, you will be able to confidently address the tissue-based drivers of low back pain, hip pain, and pelvic girdle pain.


4. Cervical & Lumbar Spine Assessment

Time: 15-30 minutes

Price: $19.99 / Free for Members

Instructor: Dr. Aleksa Cenic & Darryl Yardley 

Does your patient present with persistent neurogenic arm or leg pain? Not sure who you should refer for a surgical consult or injection and who will benefit with conservative treatment?

This online course will provide you with a basic understanding of conducting a neurological assessment to rule out radiculopathy and myelopathy. Participants will be guided by a clinical expert through the different components of a neurological assessment that can assist providers to become more confident and proficient when encountering this patient population. 


5. Knee Osteoarthritis Management – An Evidence-Based Update for Physiotherapists

Time: 60-75 minutes

Price: $19.99

Instructor: Anthony Teoli

There is a strong push towards evidence-based practice in physiotherapy. However, current research indicates that clinical practice does not seem to reflect internationally recognized recommendations.

Evidence-based guidelines have the potential to improve the quality of care provided by clinicians by promoting the use of effective interventions and discouraging unnecessary and ineffective interventions. Consequently, there is a need for better dissemination and awareness of international guideline recommendations for the conservative management of knee osteoarthritis in order to ensure optimum guideline adherence. 


6. Simplifying the Foot and Ankle - The EEMO Approach

Time: 60 -75 minutes

Price: $20.00

Instructor: Jill Robertson

The cause of a patient's foot pain, especially if chronic, can be difficult to diagnose. Treatment of this complicated region may require patient education, exercise, manual therapy, and other adjunctive therapies such as tape and modalities. 

This course will facilitate the development of clinical reasoning skills that enable clinicians to determine the cause of foot pain, and to implement a multi-modal treatment approach.


7. Introduction to Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Introduction to Pelvic Health Physiotherapy:

Time: 60 -75 minutes

Price: $19.99 / Free for Members

Instructor: Nelly Faghani (Pelvic Health Solutions)

During This 60-Minute Online Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Course (Free for Embodia Members), Nelly Faghani, owner of Pelvic Health Solutions, discusses the various types of pelvic floor dysfunction and the evidence behind the role of physiotherapy.

Take this opportunity to expand your understanding of pelvic floor dysfunction and start asking the right questions. 

Courses in this track
APTEI: Preventing Chronic Pain

APTEI: Preventing Chronic Pain

Bahram Jam (he/him)
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An Introduction to Functional Nutrition for Chronic Pain
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Cervical & Lumbar Spine Assessment

Cervical & Lumbar Spine Assessment

Darryl Yardley, Dr. Aleksa Cenic
Knee Osteoarthritis Management – An Evidence-Based Update for Physiotherapists

Knee Osteoarthritis Management – An Evidence-Based Update for Physiotherapists

Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopaedic Division, Anthony Teoli
Simplifying the Foot and Ankle - the EEMO Approach

Simplifying the Foot and Ankle - the EEMO Approach

Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopaedic Division
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Introduction to Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Introduction to Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Nelly Faghani, Pelvic Health Solutions
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