The Complex Shoulder: An Evidence Based Approach For Evaluation and Treatment

Course Description:

This seminar is an evidence based approach to examination and treatment of the conditions affecting the shoulder complex. This will address the multitude of conditions and
syndromes that cause shoulder pain and impact overall function for the adult population with conditions included (but not limited to) impingement, rotator cuff tendonitis, bicipital tendonitis, subacromial bursitis, adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder pain, arthritis, overuse syndromes, scapular syndromes, shoulder instability, and syndromes that mimic pain in this area. This seminar will give a thorough consideration of differential diagnosis of this region and address cervico-thoracic contribution to the shoulder conditions that the clinician should consider. The course overviews the key elements in the examination process including manual examination methods and clinical special tests. Diagnostic accuracy will be discussed in detail regarding these test and measures and their implementation to highlight best practice methods. Treatment strategies will be based on impairments and classifications. The treatment approach will be unique and integrates the best evidence of manual therapy techniques and strengthening approaches in a clinically relevant manner. Significant time will be a lab orientation to allow the participant opportunity to learn and improve their skill set over the two day course.

Course Objectives:

1. The participant will be able to integrate basic evidence based concepts and patient clinical presentation to develop a treatment classification of the patient with shoulder pain/dysfunction.
2. The participant will be able to modify the examination and treatment plan based on physiological changes of the shoulder from lifespan perspective.
3. The participant will be able to use evidence informed practice to treat the shoulder complex with the best strengthening approaches to date.
4. The participant will be able to demonstrate selected manual therapy techniques to address joint dysfunctions of the shoulder complex and related cervical and thoracic spine.

What others are saying:

"This course was well presented with evidence based information for better examination of the shoulder. A good use of time practicing techniques presented."

"Megan was excellent, very helpful, and ensured the content was beneficial for all attendees. She connected well to all the participants."

"This course was just what I was looking for! I now have a good knowledge of best assessment tools, manual therapies, and treatment recommendations. Megan is an outstanding teacher!

"I've been a PT for over 34 years. This may be the best shoulder class I've ever taken. Many courses advertise "Evidence-Based", but don't live up to the claim. Megan has integrated the best evidence on the special tests for the shoulder and integrated them into an understandable evaluative process. She is a creative and talented instructor who presented a lot of information without being overwhelming. I'm glad I took this course." -Bill Bowling, PT

"Megan was the best course instructor I have had to date. She was very personable and was able to communicate to multiple disciplines in a clear, concise way. Great experience."- Tyler Goodman, PT


Megan Donaldson