Imaging for Athletic Injuries and Conditions

 
Knee xray

Earn 35 CEUs upon successful completion

Overall Objectives:
Upon completion of this home study course, participants will:
1.     Identify the optimal imaging modality for evaluation of selected musculoskeletal pathology in athletes.
2.     Understand which standard (plain) radiograph view is appropriate for various musculoskeletal pathology.
3.     Understand the limitations of musculoskeletal imaging as related to athletic injuries and pathology.
4.     Demonstrate understanding of clinical decision rules to guide selection of musculoskeletal imaging.
5.     Demonstrate understanding of evidence based guidelines for the selection and recommendation of imaging for musculoskeletal injuries in athletes.

Chapter 1
Diagnostic imaging in sports physical therapy
Michael Ross, PT, DSc, OCS
Michael L. Fink, PT, DSc, SCS, OCS
Lance M. Mabry, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
John M. Tonarelli, DPT, OCS
Michael A. Tall, MD

Upon full completion of this chapter, the student will be able to
1.  Engage in the diagnostic process, using musculoskeletal imaging procedures, when appropriate, to establish differential diagnoses across systems and across the lifespan.
2.  Determine the most appropriate musculoskeletal imaging procedure according to the patient/client presentation and the current best evidence for diagnosis.
3.  Determine the relevance of visualized pathology to clinical decision-making.
4.  Use evidence-based diagnostic imaging procedures as appropriate to help determine the patient/client who would benefit from rehabilitation and the patient/client who requires referral for medical services.
 
Chapter 2
Imaging for athletic injuries and conditions involving the spine
Jason Brumitt, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Upon successful completion of this chapter, the student will be able to
1.  Identify appropriate imaging modalities for optimal assessment of various athletic injuries and pathologic conditions of the spine.
2.  Identify the most appropriate radiology views for optimal assessment of various athletic injuries and pathologic conditions of the spine.
3.  Identify appropriate imaging for the evaluation of adolescent and/or pediatric patients with athletic injuries and pathologic conditions of the spine.
4.  Apply clinical prediction rules for determining when imaging of the spine is essential.
 
Chapter 3
Imaging of the shoulder for the sports physical therapist
Ed Mulligan, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC
 
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to
1.  Determine the clinical relevance of abnormal imaging findings in the context of the patient’s musculoskeletal history and examination.
2.  Interpret the diagnostic accuracy, reliability, and validity of imaging studies in identifying relevant pathologies of the shoulder.
3.  Determine the most appropriate imaging procedures and views based on the patient’s clinical presentation.
4.  Recognize the appearance of normal anatomy and the common imaging findings associated with glenohumeral instability, rotator cuff dysfunction, labral pathology, osteoarthritis, and humeral fractures.
5.  Utilize imaging information in the prognostic and intervention clinical-decision making process for injuries unique to patients with symptomatic shoulder issues.
6.  Recognize imaging findings that require referral for further medical evaluation.
 
Chapter 4
Imaging for athletic injuries and conditions: elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand
Carrie Hoppes, PT, DPT, NCS, OCS, ATC, CSCS
 
Upon successful completion of this chapter, the student will be able to
1.  Identify appropriate imaging modalities for optimal assessment of various athletic injuries and pathologic conditions of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand.
2.  Identify the most appropriate radiology views for optimal assessment of various athletic injuries andpathologic conditions of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand.
3.  Identify appropriate imaging for the evaluation of adolescent and/or pediatric patients with athletic injuries and pathologic conditions of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand.
4.  Apply clinical prediction rules for determining when imaging of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand is essential.

Chapter 5
Imaging of pelvis, hip and thigh injuries in sport
Michael D. Rosenthal, PT, DSc, SCS, ECS, ATC, CSCS
 
Upon successful completion of this chapter, the student will be able to
1.  Interpret the diagnostic accuracy, reliability, and validity of imaging studies in identifying relevant pathologies of the pelvis, hip and thigh.
2.  Determine the most appropriate imaging procedures and views based on the patient’s clinical presentation.
3.  Recognize the appearance of normal anatomy and the common imaging findings associated with hip pathology.
4.  Utilize imaging information in the clinical decisionmaking process for injuries unique to patients with pelvis, hip, and thigh pathology.
 
Chapter 6
Knee imaging in sports medicine
Joseph Miller, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, SCS, CSCS
 
Upon successful completion of this chapter, the student will be able to
1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of imaging modalities for the knee aftersports injuries.
2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the indications for imaging and most appropriate modality for the adult knee after sports injuries.
3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the basic interpretation of imaging modalities for the knee after sports injuries.
4.  Demonstrate an understanding of the indications for imaging and most appropriate modality for the pediatric knee after sports injuries.
 
Chapter 7
Imaging of the lower leg, ankle and foot (LLAF) for the sports physical therapist
Jason E. Bennett, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC
 
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to
1.  Evaluate the appropriateness of imaging in the examination of sports injuries involving the LLAF.
2.  Compare the advantages and disadvantages of select imaging modalities in the examination of sports injuries involving the LLAF.
3.  Interpret the results of imaging related to sports injuries involving the LLAF.
4.  Integrate the best available evidence related to imaging results into the evaluation and management of sports injuries involving the LLAF.