Course Description:

Mobility deficits of the thoracic spine are a common cause of pain and disability. This course will focus on the assessment and corresponding manual therapy interventions for these deficits. Treatments for the entire irritability spectrum will be thoroughly discussed and ample time for mastering each skill will be provided. The course will include lab experiences and attire appropriate for participation is recommended.


At the end of this conference the attendee should be able to:

  1. Identify how thoracic mobility impairments can result in thoracic and cervical area pain.
  2. Perform accurate objective assessments in order to identify the most appropriate interventions.
  3. Perform mobilizations including high velocity low amplitude mobilizations to specific areas of the thoracic spine with the purpose of improving mobility of the thoracic spine.


1:00pm - 1:15pm Introduction, Course Objectives
1:15pm - 2:00pm Assessment of thoracic spine ROM and mobility
2:00pm - 2:15pm Break
2:15pm - 3:00pm Discussion on technique choices from mobilizations, contract relax, and manipulations
3:00pm - 4:00pm  Performance and practice of mobilization and manipulations
4:00pm - 5:00pm Discussion and performance of follow up interventions for mobility and progressing to power and coordination interventions
5:00pm - 5:15pm Question and Answer, Course Eval

Continuing Education:

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Staff Development is recognized as a Continuing Competency Approving Agency by the Physical Therapy Board of California. This program is approved for 4.0 CE credits

Speaker: Alan Eldridge, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Alan Eldridge earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles in 2010.  After completing graduate school, Alan completed an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles, and a Fellowship focused on rehabilitation of the Spine in 2012.  After finishing the residency program, Alan earned his Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) as awarded by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS).  Upon completion of his Fellowship, he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Currently, Alan is involved in several areas at Loma Linda University. He is on faculty for Loma Linda’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, he teaches orthopedics as an assistant professor for the post professional and graduate students, and he treats patients at the Loma Linda Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic. He is currently working on completing his PhD with a research emphasis on the rehabilitation of shoulder injuries.


General Participant 155.00
LLUH Employees/Faculty 130.00
PT Clinical Instructors 130.00
Student (LLU) 120.00
Student (Non-LLU) 130.00