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Fall Conference 2018: Course 1 of 3: Cervical Spine: Manual Therapy Management

  • 13-Oct-2018
  • 7:00 AM
  • 14-Oct-2018
  • 5:30 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula, Montana


  • Limited seats! Normally $600 but for MT PTs, we'd like to offer this course for early enrollment for $495. Expires Sept 22 or when course is full.
  • Limited seats! Normally $600 but for MT PTs, we'd like to offer this course for early enrollment for less ($495 for members; $545 for nonmembers).Expires Sept 22 or when course is full.

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Cervical Spine: Manual Therapy Management 

Presented by Jessica Davis, Institute of Clinical Excellence (ICE)

14 Contact Hours, MT category A 

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below. 

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Provisions include a light continental breakfast including coffee, lunch at the business meeting. 


Missoula Hilton Gardon Inn. Please request MAPTA room block by calling 406-532-5300

Board Meeting

October 12, 2018, 6pm. Missoula

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online). Please send agenda items to the office or President Jay Shaver by Septemer 22, 2018. Final agenda will be posted by October 3, 2018.

Cancellation Policy

MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

  • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
  • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discounts: 

Students may take any classroom course for only $99. Courses in which we need to limit numbers or labs do not apply.  If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.


7:00 - 8:00am Professional Issues Forum
8:00am - 12noon Course with break
12noon - 2:00pm MAPTA Business meeting and luncheon
2:00pm - 6:00pm Course with break
6:00pm Reception
Evening Dinner location TBA, no host

8:000am - 12noon Course with break
12noon - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 4:00pm Course with break

About the course:

Cervical Spine: Manual Therapy Management

Course Description: 

This course will cover current best evidence in the physical therapy management of neck pain. Lecture material will summarize the developing body of literature regarding the subgrouping of cervical spine patients. We will present and discuss relevant safety concerns of evidence based treatments with a special emphasis on cervical spine thrust manipulation. The laboratory component will focus on the safe and effective delivery of thrust and non-thrust manipulation to the cervicothoracic spine and supporting mobility and motor control exercises. The didactic portion will comprise 30% of the class with 70% of the time being spent in the lab.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the risk factors associated with spinal manipulation and be able to screen patients properly using a thorough history and targeted physical examination
  2. Understand the strengths and limitations of current objective tests for vascular insufficiency in the cervical spine
  3. Perform a thorough objective examination using clinical practice guidelines and current best evidence to determine which data to collect
  4. Demonstrate an excellent understanding of current best evidence in regards to manual therapy, thrust and non-thrust joint mobilization techniques, in the treatment of patients with neck pain.
  5. Demonstrate proper technique with cervical mobilization and thrust manipulation to the cervical and thoracic spine
  6. Demonstrate proper technique with all cervical and thoracic mobility exercises and their home exercise counter parts
  7. Perform upper cervical ligament integrity testing

Course Agenda:

Day One, schedule includes 2 15 minute breaks

8:00am-9:00  Subjective exam and clinical reasoning
9:00-9:30  Cervicothoracic examination
9:30-10:00  Examination lab
10:00-10:30  Subgrouping and manual therapy
10:30-11:00 Cervical manipulation safety
11:00-12:00pm  Lab – Cervical thrust lab
12:00pm-2:00pm MAPTA Business Meeting and Lunch
2:00-2:30 Cervical mobilization lab
2:30pm-3:30 Cervical mobility/motor control
3:30-4:30 Lab – Mid thoracic manipulation
4:30-5:30 Thoracic mobility/motor control
5:30-6:00pm Lab – Student demonstration

Day Two, schedule includes 2 15 minute breaks

8:00am-8:30 Patient expectation and HEP compliance
8:30-9:30 Upper Csp: Risk/ligament testing
9:30-10:00 Lab - Instability testing, CN test, BP
10:00-11:00 Lab – Upper cervical thrust
11:00-12:00pm Open lab – demonstration
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 1:30 Lab – Upper thoracic thrust
1:30-2:00 Legislative Update
2:00 – 2:30 Lab – Cervicothoracic junction
2:30 – 3:30 Lumbar manipulation: Broad overview
3:30 – 4:00pm Open lab – review and demonstration

About the Speaker


Dr. Davis has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics since graduating from Duquesne University in 1999. She became board certified in orthopedics in 2002 and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2008. She is received her Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT) through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in July 2017.

Dr. Davis currently practices as a staff physical therapist in Seven Fields, PA. Prior to joining Tri-State Physical Therapy in Seven Fields, she was the clinical director of an outpatient private practice for 12 years. Her passion is manual therapy for treatment of all orthopedic conditions, especially in the performing arts community.

Dr. Davis maintains various professional memberships, including the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA), where she currently serves as an alternate delegate for the House of Delegates. She has also served as the education committee liaison for the PPTA’s southwest District. Additionally, she has also pursued teaching for a variety of continuing education courses offered at Chatham University and with EZ Evidence. She served as the primary provider of physical therapy for the dance department at Slippery Rock University. As a former dancer, she purses excellence in treating performing artists, gymnasts and other athletes

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