S1 - Spinal Evaluation & Manipulation: Impairment Based, Evidence Informed Approach

September 14 – 15, 2019

This is a two-day seminar emphasizing interpretation of basic science knowledge toward the development of clinical skills needed for differential evaluation and effective treatment of spinal dysfunction. General principles of functional anatomy, tissue and joint biomechanics, pathology and treatments are applied to clinical examination and treatment. Includes instruction and techniques of evaluating structure, active movements and palpation for condition, position and mobility of the spine. Manipulation techniques are instructed at all levels of the spine except the subcranial area. Supportive treatments, such as exercises and distraction, are instructed and practiced to a limited degree. At the conclusion of the seminar, the student should feel confident to examine and treat most common spinal conditions.

Who Attends: Physical Therapists

Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the attendee should be able to:

  • Conduct a comprehensive physical examination of the spine
  • Describe the mechanisms and characteristics of spinal pain and the behavior of pain patients
  • Safely perform basic spinal manipulation techniques
  • Observe, perform and demonstrate safe thrust techniques on thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Discuss and present cases with spinal dysfunction
  • Describe the indication and contraindications of spinal manipulation
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of therapeutic exercise and preventative measures in the management of spinal dysfunction


Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, TX 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

20 (includes 5 online hours) or 2.0 CEUs or 3 graduate credits

Registration - Register online


Dr. Eric S. Furto graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University in 2000. He has recently completed the Transitional Doctorate program through the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine Florida. In 2003, Eric completed his Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine. In 2004, he completed a one-year Manual Therapy Fellowship, also through the University of St. Augustine. In 2006, he was published in the peer reviewed journal Cranio with a publication on Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction entitled Manual Physical Therapy Interventions and Exercise for Patients with Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. Dr. Furto is currently employed at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. His clinical interests include the treatment of all orthopedic conditions with a combination of manual therapy and exercise. He prides himself in delivering care that is supported by research and has been proven to be effective in multiple clinical settings. He focuses his rehabilitation on restoring function through facilitating proper motor tasks reinforcing them with a therapeutic exercise program.


Day One

  • 8:00 – 8:30 Welcome and Introduction
  • 8:30 – 9:30 Pain Management
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Biopsychosocial Model
  • 10:00 BREAK
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Structure
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Active Range of Motion
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Palpation
  • Noon – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:00 Palpation and Mobility
  • 3:00 BREAK
  • 3:15 – 6:00 Manipulation Lecture and Lab

Day Two

  • 8:00 – 10:00 Review Manipulation Lab
  • 10:00 BREAK
  • 10:15 – 11:30 Sacroiliac review
  • 11:30  – 12:00 Syndrome review
  • Noon – 12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 – 1:15 Patient Evaluation
  • 1:15 – 2:00 Presentation of findings
  • 2:00 – 3:30 Review and Round Robin


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030
Nightly rate: $115.00 (price varies based on room availability)

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