Full Course Description

Guide to Differential Diagnosis

Learn the who, what, where, when and why of differential diagnosis. Direct access to wellness care is becoming more prevalent. This requires the provider to have a clear sense of signs and symptoms that suggest more serious medical problems that require further evaluation by a primary care provider. Additionally, learn what symptoms require immediate emergency medical care vs less urgent presentations. Also, learn to recognize presentations of pain and dysfunction that ultimately do not fit the typical presentation of musculoskeletal origin and may be indicative of a more serious underlying medical condition. Recognition of atypical presentations or responses is essential to know when a patient should be referred for further medical evaluation. This course will present these topics in detail for improved safety of patient care and confidence to recognize more serious underlying pathology.

Program Information


  1. Apply knowledge of differential diagnosis proficiently in clinical practice.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving for complex musculoskeletal diagnoses
  3. Utilize knowledge of systemic differential diagnosis to identify red flags of underlying serious medical conditions.
  4. Demonstrate clear guidelines for presentations requiring physician referral.


Identify importance of screening 

Differential diagnosis vs Screening Indications of immediate medical care Guidelines for physician referral Pain assessment

Copyright : 04/29/2021

Differential Diagnosis of the Cervical Spine and Shoulder: Comprehensive Evaluation Principles

Getting the diagnosis right the first time is critical, and as the first point of contact for evaluating the injury, it can be stressful. Not every diagnosis is straight forward. With subtle clues often lurking in the periphery, you need a comprehensive evaluation strategy that eliminates the guess work.

Rina Pandya, PT, DPT is bringing decades of clinical experience to present a practical approach to differential diagnosis for the upper extremity and cervical spine. You’ll learn the tried and true methods for quickly narrowing in on the most probable cause. With implications across the age spectrum for all the patients you may face, you’ll discover:

This course will provide extensive evaluation skills for comprehensive and efficient review of systems. Confidently identify signs and symptoms of systemic disease at the start of care – save time and resources for your patients! This is a must attend course for therapists providing direct access care.

Program Information


  1. Apply knowledge of evaluation strategies for cervical spine and shoulder clinically for identification of musculoskeletal injuries.
  2. Determine red and yellow flags requiring referral to a physician.
  3. Differentiate between systemic or musculoskeletal diagnoses for indications when to refer to emergency services.
  4. Demonstrate skilled patient interviewing techniques with system review questions.
  5. Apply knowledge of differential diagnosis proficiently in clinical practice.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving for complex musculoskeletal diagnoses.


Expand Your Evaluation Skills

Is Your Patient Appropriate for Therapy? Pain and Most Common MSK Diagnoses by Region Evidence-Based Approach to Treating Pain, Stiffness and ROM Restrictions

Copyright : 11/05/2021