An Education Resources Inc seminar offers participants an evidence-based approach to examination and treatment of the conditions impacting the shoulder complex. According to the Education Resources Inc website, the seminar is slated to address a variety of conditions and syndromes that cause shoulder pain and impact overall function for the adult population. Conditions include, but are 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.

The seminar’s first session is slated for February 20 to 21 in Monroe, NC, and a second session is available on April 17 to 18 in Tallahassee, Fla. Learn more on the website.

The site notes that the seminar will also give thorough consideration of different diagnosis of this region and address cervico-thoracic contribution to the shoulder conditions that the clinician should consider. The course is designed to provide an overview of key elements in the examination process, including manual examination methods and clinical special tests. During the course, diagnostic accuracy will also be discussed in detail regarding these test and measures, as well as their implementation to highlight best practice methods. Treatment strategies will be based on impairments and classifications, the site adds.

The treatment approach is intended to integrate the best evidence of manual therapy techniques and strengthening approaches in a clinically relevant manner. Significant time will be given to a lab orientation, which provides the participant the opportunity to learn and improve their skill set over the 2-day course, the site says.

Course objectives include combining basic evidence-based concepts with patient clinical presentation to develop a treatment classification of the patient with shoulder pain/dysfunction; modifying the examination and treatment plan based on physiological changes of the shoulder from life span perspective; using evidence-informed practice to treat the shoulder complex with the best strengthening approaches to date; and demonstrating selected manual therapy techniques to address joint dysfunctions of the shoulder complex and related cervical and thoracic spine.

Course instructor Megan Donaldson, PhD, DPT, FAAOMPT, is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio. The site notes that Donaldson teaches medical screening, evidence-based practice, and musculoskeletal examination and treatment in the university’s DPT program. She earned her BS/MS degrees at D’Youville College and her PhD from the Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additionally, the site notes Donaldson has completed her fellowship program from Daemen College in Amherst, NY, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and an active member of the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. She is a Certified Senior Strength Trainer (CSST) from the International Weightlifting Association (IWA).

[Source: Education Resources Inc]