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Presented by Pam Knickerbocker, PT, OCS, OMPT, in association with Michigan Medicine PM&R Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program.

This course is currently being evaluated for 14 hours of continuing education credits

Dates of the course: October 20-21, 2018


Pain and symptoms attritable to the cervical spine are very common in the population, and are commonly result in a referral to physical therapy. In today’s patient care delivery environment it is increasingly more important to be able to evaluate, assess, and treat cervical spine pathology with efficiency and with exceptional outcomes.

Through didactic teaching, facilitated manual teaching, and active participation participants will learn a concise and objective paradigm for evaluation and quantification of cervical spine dysfunctions. Based on the Norwegian paradigm, this program places an emphasis on evidence based manual treatments, home interventions, and home programming. All efforts are directed to prepare participants to address the complex cervical patient interms of evaluations, differentiation, and treatment.

Who Should Attend?

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapy Assistants

After attending this course, health professionals should be able to:

  1. Describe the unique features of the Norwegian Paradigm for both evaluation and treatment

  2. Demonstrate cervical evaluation techniques based on the Norwegian paradigm

  3. Perform basic and advanced cervical and upper thoracic treatment techniques, both joint and soft tissue

  4. Develop and dispense home exercises to support changes in joint and soft tissue mobility for patients with cervical spine pathology

About the Instructor

Pam Knickerbocker, PT received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 1985. In 1987 she began to work exclusively in outpatient orthopedics. In 1989 Pam began what was to become the inaugural class of Oakland University’s Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Residency Program and received instruction and clinic mentorship directly from Freddy Kaltenborn, PT, Olaf Evjenth, PT, Traudi Kaltenborn, PT, Lasse Thue, PT, David Lamb, PT and Dennis Morgan, PT. After successful completion of this residency she was admitted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Pam earned her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 1994, and earned her OCS certification in 1995 (renewed). She has assisted and lead taught courses at Oakland University’s entry level and post-entry level orthopedics curriculum as well as continuing education outside of Oakland University. In 2001 Pam began her clinical career at The University of Michigan Spine Program and has been an active participant in the development of their APTA accredited Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, including teaching and mentoring the Norwegian Paradigm for the Spine portions of the residency.


Saturday: October 20th, 2018

  • 7:30-8:00 Sign in

  • 8:00-9:30 Distinguishing Features of Norwegian Paradigm

  • 9:30-9:45 Break

  • 9:45-12:00 Key Features of Subjective Exam and Evaluation Techniques

  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)

  • 1:00-4:30 Upper cervical examination and treatment

Sunday: October 21st, 2018

  • 8:00-11:30 Evaluation and treatment of Cervical Spine including Thoracic Manipulation

  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch (on your own)

  • 12:30-4:00 Cervical Spine Treatment Techniques and Home Programming

Parking is located at the front of the building. There is no cost to park in this lot, and there are plenty of spots available.

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Registration/Questions, please contact:

Andrew Marsh, CEC

Michigan Medicine

325 East Eisenhower Parkway, 2ND Floor

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Fax: 734-615-1116

Email: abmarsh@med.umich.edu

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