Medical Screening for Physical Therapists: The Adolescent Population


About the Course
This course will highlight important health care issues, based on body systems, in the adolescent population. Red and/or yellow flags will be presented, within the context of the past medical history that may warrant a referral. Selected screening tools and components of the upper quadrant and lower quadrant examination will be discussed as it pertains to the adolescent population. 

Learning Outcomes

  • List 6 general red flags that may warrant a referral when medically screening the adolescent patiens
  • List 4 red flags signs and or symptoms of a slipped femoral capital epiphysis that may warrant a need for outside referral
  • List the clinical relevance of the Ottawa Ankle Rules, with respect to sensitivity, specificity and the need for making an outside referral.
  • Recall 3 risk factors for MRSA when screening the integumentary system in an adolescent 

About the Author
Bob McCabe, DPT, OCS, is an APTA certified orthopedic specialist with over twenty years of clinical experience. Currently, Bob works at the NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care as an upper extremity specialist. In his current role, Bob has extensive experience with professional & adolescent athletes, and patients with degenerative/arthritic shoulder conditions. He previously worked as a Senior Physical Therapist world renowned facilities, including the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and the Nicholas Institute for Sports Medicine & Athletic Trauma (NISMAT).

Bob received his transitional doctorate in physical therapy from Arcadia University and completed his master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University. He also holds a master’s degree in Biomechanics from New York University. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Ergonomics & Biomechanics at New York University where he is completing his dissertation. Bob has been published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy as well as the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Bob has presented sports medicine seminars and research studies at over 200 local and national conferences and association.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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