126 - Applying Radiology Clinical Decision Rules Into Practice: a Cervical Spine Injury Case with Dr. Lynn McKinnis

Jan 11, 2024

💭 "If there was trauma, and our patient is not improving with conservative care, experiencing unrelenting pain, and unable to rotate, it's advisable to refer for additional imaging, even if the initial radiographs were negative." -  Dr. Lynn McKinnis


👉🏻 Our guest is Dr. Lynn N. McKinnis, DPT, PT, OCS. Lynn graduated from St. Louis University in 1981. She is a staff physical therapist at Concordia Visiting Nurses in Butler, PA, an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapy Dept at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and a Faculty Affiliate at the University of Montana and the University of South Florida. Lynn is known for her work in the field of diagnostic imaging as it relates to the physical therapy profession. In 1997 she authored Fundamentals of Orthopedic Radiology, the first imaging textbook written by and for physical therapists. Currently, Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Imaging is in its fifth edition, translated into several other languages, and used by the majority of DPT curriculums in the USA. She collaborated with a radiologist for a new text, Musculoskeletal Imaging Handbook: A Guide for the Primary Practitioner, written for all primary access clinicians, including physician assistants and nurse practitioners. She has lectured across the USA, in many DPT programs, and has presented numerous continuing educational courses at state and national APTA and AOTA conferences. Lynn became Pennsylvania’s first Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 1989, and twenty years later received the APTA’s Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Literature Award for her publications on diagnostic imaging for physical therapists. Lynn is also a JOSPT Co-Editor for Musculoskeletal Imaging.


📚You will learn about:

▪️ Lynn's story and career

▪️ Clinical prediction rules vs clinical decision rules 

▪️ The Canadian Cervical Spine Rule (CCR) and the National Emergency X-Radiography Utilization Study (NEXUS)

▪️ Apply the CCR in a case of cervical fracture with posterior ligament injury 

▪️ Advice to clinicians who are starting their careers

▪️ Tips on how to become successful in Physical Therapy


🔎Lynn's favorite resource of information:

  • JOSPT Cases - MSK imagining 
  • Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Imaging (Contemporary Perspectives in Rehabilitation). Lynn McKinnis. 2020


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