Aug 16, 2018
Nationally-renown lecturer instructs colleagues in manual therapy
Siskin Hospital, Tennessee’s largest acute rehabilitation hospital, is committed to its teaching mission
Recently, Siskin Hospital’s own Dr. James Gose, DPT taught his fellow physical therapists how to apply safe and appropriate manual therapy techniques in the treatment of older patients in a course entitled “Manual Therapy for the Geriatric Patient.” An expert in manual therapy, Dr. Gose annually lectures on this topic across the nation.
Ample evidence supports the effectiveness of using manual therapy to address pain and musculoskeletal disorders, an important modality often overlooked in the treatment of geriatric patients.
Dr. Gose presented the evidence-based rationale for this type of therapy and demonstrated how manual therapy can safely be applied to this patient population.
Using the concepts of Robin McKenzie, Geoffrey Maitland and Brian Mulligan, the two-day course detailed techniques for manually treating the spine and extremities. Therapists used a problem-solving approach to evaluate and properly treat older patients, taking into consideration the benefits of each technique in view of specific symptoms and diagnoses. The fast-paced course included ample lab instruction and time for therapists to practice a large variety of hands-on techniques.
Dr. Gose, clinic manager of our East Brainerd Outpatient Therapy Services, has been a licensed physical therapist for 30 years. Dr. Gose has the rare distinction of being a certified practitioner in the manual therapy approaches of McKenzie, Maitland and Mulligan. He has written and instructed many orthopedic seminars during the past 15 years. He teaches manual therapy seminars nationally and is an adjunct professor at UTC’s Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Gose was recently awarded Tennessee’s Clinical Instructor of the Year.
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