Upper Extremity / Shoulder Girdle

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Course Instructor: Dr. Rob Sillevis, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT-click for bio

Course Instructor: Dr. Karen Wyss, PT, DPT, CFC-click for bio

CEU’s: Pending

Course objectives


Based on the material presented in the course seminar, the on-line material, and independent study; the student will be able to:

• Demonstrate proper clinical decision making skills, including clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, and reflective practice as it relates to the upper extremity and shoulder girdle.

• Participate in scholarly activities to understand or contribute to the body of physical therapy knowledge.

• Perform a complete evaluation of the upper extremity and shoulder girdle. This should be influenced by history, systems reviews, and by utilizing valid and reliable tests and measures (evidence based).

• Identify the PT diagnosis/prognosis/differential diagnosis based on the evaluation/assessment of the clinical presentation.

• Understand the value of pre-test/post-test assessment to determine the success of clinical intervention.

• Successfully apply manipulation techniques to the upper extremity and shoulder girdle.

• Utilize the proper augmented exercise to maximize the outcome following manipulation.

• Determine the proper/best (evidence influenced) treatment approach based on PT diagnosis.

Upper Extremity / Shoulder Girdle

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Course Description

This course will present a systematic approach to the management of patients with upper extremity and scapulothoracic dysfunctions. Shoulder girdle and UE complaints are often encountered in the clinic and could be the result of either localized dysfunctions or can be caused by the regional interdependent relationships. Rotator cuff related issues and entrapment are the most common seen conditions in the clinic. Lateral epicondylagia is an often persistent and mistreated dysfunction. Wrist and hand dysfunction following falls and fractures is more encountered in the aging population. In order to achieve optimal outcome from Manual Therapy intervention each fellow will carry the burden to properly identify the underlying pathology and determine the most optimal evidence based treatment approach based on this.

The course participant will be introduced to a structured evaluation process that includes the identification of yellow and red flags, neurological assessment, the use of clinical prediction rules when appropriate, and the identification of muscle and joint dysfunction. The treatment component of this course will introduce the participant to a variety of manipulation techniques and augmented exercises to maximize clinical outcomes.

After completion of this upper extremity/shoulder girdle course the participant will be able to effectively classify and treat patients with upper extremity and shoulder girdle dysfunctions based on the current research evidence.