The Anatomy of a Back Injury
Samuel D. Hodge Jr.
- Back pain is the second leading cause of missed time from work.
- 80 percent of the population will have back pain during their lifetime.
- Musculoskeletal problems cost the economy more than $215 billion annually.
- 14 percent of the population suffers a back impairment during the year that will limit activities of daily living.
Professor Sam Hodge’s The Anatomy of a Back Injury provides an anatomical overview of the spine that will help ascertain trauma-related abnormalities. You will learn the individual parts that make up the back, and you will learn the function of vertebrae, spinal cord and spinal nerves individually and as a system. Special focus on the mechanism of injury gives you insights on how to maximize or minimize a claim of a herniated disc or soft tissue injury. You will explore the physical examination of the spine and translate that knowledge into actions for cross-examining a doctor when confronted with positive diagnostic or physical findings.
You can expect to have these questions answered…
- When do you obtain a radiological review?
- How do you identify a pre-existing condition?
- How do you use a pre-existing problem to your advantage?
- How can you minimize positive findings on a CT scan, X-ray, or MRI?
- How do you present or defend a herniated or bulging disc claim?
- How do you cross-examine the physician to discover the real origins of the problem?
Program Outline & Schedule (3 hours)
[Part I: 90 minutes]
Basic Anatomical Terms
- Keys terms for understanding medical reports and diagnostic test results dealing with the back
- Difference between ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascia
Anatomy of the Back
- Parts of the spine
- Why the spine has four curves
- Different parts of the vertebrae, discs and spinal cord
- Which parts are more prone to injury
[15 minute break]
[Part II: 90 minutes]
Anatomy of the Back (cont’d)
- Spinal surgery — laminectomy, discectomy, fusion, foraminotomy, percutaneous laser discectomy and artificial disc
- Why physicians order X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs
- The difference between the tests
If you are not convinced that your understanding of the course topic has
improved after completion of any P.E.G.® seminar, we will refund your course tuition.