Common Injuries Course

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Course Outline for Common Injuries

How to Develop Assessment and Treatment Plans for General Orthopedic Pathologies Course purpose If you’ve ever been frustrated with your understanding of common injuries and would like to expand your knowledge on how to treat them? Then this course is for you. In this course you will learn about 8 different conditions as well as […]

100 – Introduction

Welcome to the Common Injuries course! In this course you will cover many of the most common general orthopedic complaints that your patients deal with every day. First, what is “Orthopedics”? Well, Orthopedics is a branch of medical science that deals with prevention or correction of disorders involving locomotor structures of the body, especially the […]

101 – General Assessment – Part 1

A general history and assessment should always be completed before the specifics of a dysfunction are investigated. This will give you the opportunity to create a baseline, which is an excellent thing to have for a few reasons: It will probably give you an insight to what contributing factors might be an issue with your […]

102 – General Assessment – Part 2

Neurological Symptoms When testing, it is important to check for neurological symptoms. Clients may need to be specifically asked about neurological symptoms. They may not volunteer that information because they may not see it as something that would be relevant to a massage therapist. When testing neurological symptoms, differentiate between issues stemming from a nerve […]

103 – Treatment Techniques

This is a basic overview of common treatment and homecare techniques used to treat general orthopedic conditions. It is only appropriate to perform techniques you have been properly and professionally trained to perform. Swedish massage – This includes effleurage, stroking, petrissage, vibrations and tapotement. Effleurage and stroking are used to increase local circulation and create […]

104 – Spasm

We have all experienced a spasm in one form or another, whether it has been a stitch in your side or a cramp in your calf. Chances are you have had a client that has complained of repeat spasms, or one that just hasn’t gone away. It is important to identify the cause in order […]

105 – Muscle Strain

A massage therapist can be a great help to a client with a muscle strain no matter what stage. In acute the therapist can help the client understand basic things that can be done to protect the area and prevent further injury. In subacute and chronic stages the client and therapist can work together to […]

106 – Ligament Sprain

A ligament sprain is a sudden overstretching injury to a ligament. It can range from a slight overstretch to a full tear; and one mechanism of injury may cause tears to multiple ligaments. For example, rolling over on an ankle can stretch multiple ligaments that support the lateral ankle, not just one. Ligaments attach bone […]

107 – Tendonitis

Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon. Inflammation may also occur, usually simultaneously, with the tendon sheath; this is called tenosynovitis. Tendonitis may occur anywhere there is a tendon, and is frequently seen in the forearms at the common extensor tendon (tennis elbow) and the common flexor tendon (golfers elbow). Tendonitis is most commonly identified with […]

108 – Contusions

A contusion may not seem like a dysfunction a massage therapist would usually treat, but this kind of injury can have significant ramifications beyond the visible discoloration. A contusion is a crush injury without breaking the skin, usually caused by a blow to soft tissue. Discoloration is caused by bleeding under the skin due to […]

109 – Bursitis

It can be easy to overlook bursitis as a source of pain due to its small size and lack of ability to palpate, but there are some unique symptoms that should indicate its presence. It should be noted that bursitis is very rarely a primary condition, and usually occurs with another dysfunction. Bursitis is the […]

110 – Dislocations and Subluxations

Dislocations and subluxations can have many long- standing ramifications. Clients may feel uncomfortable to move their affected joint into certain  ranges  long after the injury. Their joint may feel unstable to them, and muscles can tighten in an attempt to support the limb. As a massage therapist, you will not play a role in the […]

111 – Fractures

A fracture is a break in the continuity of the bone. The most common treatment for a fracture is immobilization with a splint or cast. Treatment of the fracture itself is beyond the scope of practice of a massage therapist, however, tension and compensation issues that arise from this can be helped with massage therapy. […]

112 – Common Injuries Final Exam Lesson

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This next quiz is the final exam. It consists of 45 questions and you must achieve a grade of 70% or more on it. If not you will not receive a certificate. Click “View the Lesson Quiz” below to begin the final exam. Once you complete the exam, click “Save” and then “Complete Lesson” in […]