This lecture will review thoracic spine anatomy, discuss epidemiology/prevalence of thoracic spine pain and precautionary screens of the thoracic spine. The Medical Diagnostic Model vs Regional Dependence Model will be discussed. It will review pain biopsychosocial/central sensitization and a presentation based approach to managing patients with thoracic spine pain. Clinical studies willbe reviewed as well as a discussion on manual therapy techniques to be considered.
Colleen Calvanese is the Clinic Manager at the Springfield, MA location of ProEx Physical Therapy and a certified Clinical Instructor. She is the administrator of the Get Loose program at AW Hastings Enfield, CT with a primary focus in reduction of Worker’s Compensation injuries. In addition to management and clinical treatment, Colleen is also a frequent guest lecturer for the Physical Therapy Doctoral program at American International College in Springfield, MA. She recently completed a manual therapy Fellowship training through Boston University’s Institute of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Colleen holds a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy and a Bachelors Degree in Interdepartmental Science from American International College, and Bachelors in Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine from Westfield State College. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, New England College of Sports Medicine, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.