SUMMARY: This new edition of the shoulder course was developed from new research and clinical findings. New ideas and techniques have been incorporated into the course content. The use of special tests and a review of systems to distinguish musculoskeletal dysfunction from medical pathology is essential for the clinician. This course will teach the therapist those skills necessary in making a thorough evaluation of the shoulder and Upper Q and then design a rehabilitation program based upon the examination findings. State of the art techniques will be discussed along with the most current research findings.

PRESENTER: Dr. Robert Donatelli is a board certified orthopaedic specialist. He has 20 years of experience in orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation and currently serves as the National Director of Sports Rehabilitation for Physiotherapy Associates. Dr. Donatelli serves as a consultant to the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Team and serves as a member of the research committee for the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society. Dr. Donatelli is a consultant to the ATP professional tennis tour and serves as the physical therapist for the Champions Tennis Tour, Masters Division of the ATP Tour. Dr. Donatelli has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Finland, England and Australia on orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation topics. Dr. Donatelli is part of the editorial staff for Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and Manual Therapy journals. He also serves as a consultant to FootMaxx and Joint Active Systems. He has edited three textbooks: Physical Therapy of the Shoulder 3rd Edition, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, 2nd Edition, and Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle, 2nd Edition.

OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

1) Describe normal mechanics of the shoulder and their application to evaluation and treatment.

2) Perform an upper quadrant examination and a systems check.

3) Describe the interrelationship of soft tissue structures between the shoulder and the Upper Q.

4) Perform special tests to the shoulder.

5) Perform individual mobilization techniques to the shoulder.

6) Design and develop a rehabilitation program for the stiff and painful shoulder.

7) Identify various pathologies of Upper Q and the shoulder.

8) Identify surgical procedures for repair of the shoulder traumatic injuries.

FORMAT: This is an eight-hour course.

AUDIENCE: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Session I 8:00-12:00

Anatomy and Mechanics of the Shoulder

-Normal Movement

-Forces at the Glenohumeral Joint

-Scapula Rotators

Overuse injuries of the shoulder

-Rotator Cuff Tears

-Anterior instabilities


Lab evaluation

Shoulder Examination

-Cyriax Soft Tissue Assessment


-Special Tests


Session 2 12:30-5:00

Hypomobility vs Hypermobility

Dislocations vs. Frozen Shoulder

Interrelationship of Cervical Spine

To the Shoulder

Rehabilitation Concepts and Review