CERVICAL SPINE: Examination and Manual Interventions addressing Joint and Soft Tissue Impairments


Date: February 1, 2020
Location: 3435 Livernois Troy, MI 48083 Map Location
Time: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Full description



This course provides a concise overview of upper and lower cervical spine anatomy and
biomechanics. It will investigate comprehensive examination strategies and teach application
of joint, muscle and soft tissue interventions. The clinician will be introduced to an
adaptive, systematic approach to management of patients experiencing musculoskeletal and
neuromuscular impairments involving the cervical spine. Orthopedic pathologies and clinical
relevance pertaining to the application of manual interventions will also be investigated.


Course Schedule
7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Introduction
8:15 Upper/Lower Cervical Joint Anatomy and Biomechanics
9:00 Cervical and cervical – scapular Muscle Anatomy and Biomechanics
9:30 Regional and Structural Differentiation Tests
10:15 Break
10:30 Joint Play and Movement Tests
11:15 Muscle length tests and Muscle Investigation Tests
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Cervical Joint mobilization Intervention Lab‐
Upper Cervical (flexion, extension)
1:45 Lower Cervical ( flexion, extension, and rotation motions)
2:30 Break
2:45 Muscular Intervention for Cervical and Cervical –scapular muscles
functional massage
3:45 Wrap up and questions
4:00 Adjourn
It is suggested that you wear comfortable lab clothing and a form of sports bra for women


Additional information


Dhana Ponners PT, DPT, OMPT

Dhana Ponners PT, DPT, OMPT

Dhana M Ponners, PT, DPT, OMPT is a clinical instructor, guest lecturer and lab assistant at Oakland University where she works closely with Dr. Krauss. Dr. Ponners received her MPT in 1993, completed her OMPT certificate in 1997 and earned her DPT in 2013 from
Oakland University. As a full‐time clinician and supervisor at OMPT Specialists in Troy, Dr. Ponners clinically specializes in the use of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise when treating an orthopedic and athletic population, emphasizing return‐to‐sport and function. Dr. Ponners has over 23 years of teaching experience in the university, national, hospital, and clinical settings. She was the Physical Therapy consultant for the radio show Inside Sports Medicine for 18 months on the TICKET in Detroit.