Strategic Orthopedics II
Cervical / Thoracic
"Out-Think" and "Out-Maneuver" Cervical / Thoracic Pain
American BackPain Center
Treatment, Education, and Research of the Spine

 Day 2     9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
   PREP (Pain Relieving Exercise Programs) - Intro.
    Empowering the patient through self-control of all 
    their symptoms.
   PREP - Lab  (patient assist)
     - Symmetrical Forces - Loaded
     - Symmetrical Forces - Unloaded
     - Symmetrical Forces - Manually Unloaded
   Direction of Force - Lab  (therapist & patient assist)
     - Asymmetrical Forces - Unloaded
     - Asymmetrical Forces - Manually Unloaded
     - Asymmetrical Forces - Loaded
   Postural Exercises
   Treatment Strategies 1-10  How to apply all 10
     lumbar strategies to the cerv. / thor. spine.
   Cervical / Thoracic Re-examination Form
   1st Patient - Visit #2
   2nd Patient - Visit #3
   Reinjury Prevention Programs 
   Discharge Form
   Q & A
Program Outline
 Day 1    8 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
   Registration  (8-9 a.m.)
   Welcome & introduction
   Centralization Analysis - trickier than the lumbar spine
   Cervical / Thoracic Examination Form
   Direction of Force - Intro.  More options = More success  
   Direction of Force - Lab  (therapist assist)
     - Symmetrical Forces - Loaded
     - Symmetrical Forces - Unloaded
     - Symmetrical Forces - Manually Unloaded
   1st Patient - Examination (group participation)
   2nd Patient - Examination (group participation)
   Q & A

For more than 25 years, Angelo DiMaggio, PT, Dip MDT, has been employed as a spine consultant by medical centers throughout  North America for the purpose  of resolving their most complex and unresponsive cases. The combined results show that  52% of these cases experienced a significant or complete alleviation of symp- toms (as determined by the attending clinician).   These impressive results provide both the motivation and basis for this course and the entire course series while the  successful treatment methods employed provide the framework.  You will learn the highly organized examination and documentation system, as well as new “Lumbar
Strategies” which are the key to resolving complex cases. You will be given 
clear, consice clinical guidelines regarding ADL and workplace modifi-
cations, Work Hardening and Functional Reconditioning program
enhancement, the “essentials” of the McKenzie evaluation and
treatment approach,  how  to motivate  patients toward self-
reliance, and many other important topics.  This course
will not rely on the theoretical discussion of  hypo-
thetical patients.  Instead, you will get the same
first-hand look    (as  in  the  Consultation
Format) at real patients being exam-
ined and treated daily by the 

is an internationally known clinician and lecturer  who has specialized in   
conservative care of the spine for more than 30 years. He has presented at national and international conferences on such spine related topics as Conservative Mechanical Treatment, E.R.Care for Physicians, ManualTherapy, The McKenzie Approach, Research Analysis, and The Treatment of Cervicogenic Headache. Mr. DiMaggio’s specialization in the spine has placed him in the role of author, editor, course developer, research consultant, and clinical consultant.  He is past chairman of the board and course instructor for the McKenzie Institute.
Through major medical centers and universities, he has taught more than 600 seminars and workshops for more than 10,000 therapists and physicians.  As a clinical consultant, Mr. DiMaggio has spent more than 25 years working one-on-one with therapists and physicians throughout the US and Canada, refining their use of mechanical therapy and resolving each clinic’s most challenging patients. Included are such notable spine centers as the Texas Back Institute, P.R.I.D.E. (Productive Rehabilitation Institute of Dallas for Ergonomics), the Cleveland Clinic, the Fort Worth Back Institute, and the Canadian Back Institute.  This highly intensive training format has led to a compilation of the most common 
misunderstandings and the most frequently committed clinical errors.  His extensive work in this field combined with his experience as lecturer / seminar instructor, is the cornerstone on which the seminar series is built. He is currently President of the American BackPain Center.

Mr. DiMaggio
General Information
Course Objectives
General Information
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to;
1.  Immediately apply 10 new Lumbar Strategies to Cervical /
     Thoracic pathologies. 
2.  Strengthen the Cervical / Thoracic Examination process using 
     current, scientifically supported methods.
3.  Initiate use of a new, 4 form, Cervical / Thoracic Documenta- 
     tion System, consistent with the Lumbar Documentation    
     System for clear, concise, objective data collection. 
4.  Prescribe patient activated Pain Relieving Exercise Programs 
     (PREP) to promote patient independence through self-
5.  Astound yourself by frequently reversing your most perplexing
     thoracic, scapular, TOS patients, and your most resilient 
     carpal tunnel, elbow tendonitis, and shoulder patients, by a             detailed cervical screening and treatment process that will              leave no doubt as to the true origin of pain.
6.  Appreciate how and why the American BackPain Center 
     approach to thoracic pain and cervical radiculopathy works 
     faster and yields an overall higher success rate than it does 
     with comparable lumbar pathologies.
7.  Relieve your fear of handling the head & neck of very acute, 
     extremely sensitive patients using a highly organized examin-
     ation process with extensive Precautionary Guidelines to help 
     avoid unwanted flare-ups.
8.  Improve Manual Therapy results through a clearer 
     understanding of patient and technique selection.
9.  Create Reinjury Prevention Programs  specifically developed  
     in accordance with each patient’s proven effective PREP (Pain 
     Relieving Exercise Program) and the controlled application of 
     Wolf’s Law during the maturation phase of healing.
10.Recognize the Cost-effective  advantages to third party payers 
     with the American BackPain Center’s zero high tech., zero 
     modality approach.

Upon registration, a letter of confirmation including hotel information and a map of the conference area will be sent.  Includes continental breakfast, a.m. & p.m. coffee breaks, course manual, and a 4 pad Documentation Packet (Examination, ReExamination, Physician Progress Report, and Discharge forms).  

Certificates of attendance will be given to all participants at the conclusion of the course ONLY and may be used for those who need CEU verification.  This course is intended for medical professionals holding the following degrees:  MD, DO, PA, PT, PTA, OTR, and ATC who have completed  SO I (Lumbar) as a prerequisite.

Lab attire is required to expose the entire cervical & thoracic area.  Women should wear halter or bathing suite tops under their shirts or sweaters, and men should wear T-shirts or sweatshirts for easy removal.

Refunds will be given, less a $50 administrative fee, if written notice  is received by the Co-Sponsor no later than 14 days prior to the start of the course.

The American BackPain Center reserves the right to cancel any course at any time up to 7 days prior to the course starting date.  We are not responsible for airline ticket purchases or any other expenses incurred as a result of a course cancellation.

Course Fee:  $595
                               $650 if received less than 14 days prior to course
CEU:  27   
Course:  $545
Fee            $595 if received less than 14 days prior to course
CEU:  13.75   
Registration Form
Last Name
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Strategic Orthopedics:  
Cervical / Thoracic Course II
(Prerequisite is Lumbar Course I)
Medical Profession: MD, DO, PA, PT, PTA, OTR, ATC
 Lumbar Course You
Previously Attended
(Prerequisite for this course)
Cervical Course You
Wish To Attend
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Course Overview
Prerequisite - S.O. Course I (Lumbar)
This, the second course in a series of Strategic Orthopedic seminars is designed to “Out-Think” & “Out-Maneuver” the most complex cervical and thoracic problems.  The American BackPain Center recognizes the wide variety of cervical/thoracic pathologies which require a highly specific, multi dimensional game plan.   
As with the lumbar spine (S.O. Course I), a one-of-a-kind, 4 form Documentation System is at the heart of keeping you organized, objective, and scientifically based.
Unlike Course I, a more hands-on approach is needed to facilitate patient self-treatment and implement the 10 treatment strategies (presented in Course I).  
Once again, the need to pay strict attention to small DETAILS and to significantly elevate your level of FOCUS is paramount in uncovering the subtle but critical differences in patient presentations. Understanding these differences is necessary to tailor each patient’s treatment program for rapid results.  
Your ongoing commitment to becoming more organized, objective, detailed and focused, brings with it an inherent safety net which turns the often professed fears of treating cervical/thoracic patients into professional challenges with exhilarating outcomes. 

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* Each day's session begins a 9 a.m., day 1 ends at  5:45 p.m., day 2 ends at 5:00 p.m.

This seminar is no longer being offered and has been replaced with a new seminar titled; 
Cervical/Thoracic - SO II Fast Track. 
For details regarding this new seminar call, 
(586) 716-2937.