This two-day course will provide the clinician with evidence based examination and intervention strategies to rehabilitate the shoulder girdle following injury. This will be accomplished through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions aimed at highlighting important concepts in anatomy and biomechanics of pertinent cervical, thoracic, and shoulder girdle structures. Identification of confounding cervico-thoracic impairments that influence shoulder function as well as critical factors related to shoulder pathophysiology including injury repair and healing time which support evidence based framework for shoulder rehabilitation. The process of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis for disorders of the shoulder will be discussed in detail. An eclectic mix of manual therapy techniques including soft tissue and joint mobilization as well as PNF techniques will be use to maximize the effectiveness of therapeutic exercise interventions. Techniques will be demonstrated and practiced to address shoulder disorders such as shoulder impingement syndrome, non-operative management of rotator cuff repairs, shoulder instability, adhesive capsulitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, as well as post-operative approaches to instability, rotator cuff repair, total and reverse total shoulder replacement.

Course Dates & Locations

    Educational Credit

    Therapy Network Seminars are pre‐approved for CEUs in the state where the course is conducted when required for PT, OT, ATC & Assistants.

    BOC Board of Certification, Inc. Approved Provider # P‐2563

    AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 3073 Category 1 Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA


    This course is intended for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATs

    NOTE: Nothing in this course is to enable or permit the learner to apply techniques outside of the scope of practice in their individual state and discipline.


    • Identify the rationale for selected evidence based examination and intervention strategies.
    • Perform selected evidence based examination of the upper quarter.
    • Perform selected evidence based manual therapy techniques for the cervical, thoracic, and shoulder.
    • Perform open and closed kinetic chain exercises to improve rotator cuff strength and scapular stabilization.
    • Identify evidence based exercise progressions for the rotator cuff and scapular musculature

    Participants Comments

    • “Easily the most up to date shoulder course out there. Nice job of organizing and presenting. References throughout to support the content”
    • “Chuck was very open to questions and made for a fun 2 days. Really well presented.”
    • Nice balance between lecture and lab. Very knowledgeable about shoulder mechanics and dysfunction - thank you”
    • “Really appreciated the one on one attention in labs by the instructor. He was extremely patient and friendly and wanted everyone to understand each technique.”


    • Day 1

      8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
      8:30 Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Upper Quadrant
      - Role of the Biceps
      - The Rotator Cuff as a stabilizer
      - Capsoligamentous restraints of the glenohumeral joint
      - Critical Cervico-Thoracic anatomy and mechanics related to shoulder function
      9:30 Tissue Healing with focus on the Rotator Cuff and capsuloligamentous structures
      10:15 BREAK
      10:30 Shoulder Pathophysiology and Injury, Repair
      11:00 Rationale of Evidence Based Examination Techniques for the Upper Quarter
      12:00 Lunch (on your own)
      1:00 LAB: Assessment of Cervico-Thoracic Function
      1:30 LAB: Assessment of Scapular Function
      2:00 LAB: Assessment of Glenohumeral Function
      2:45 BREAK
      3:00 LAB: (Cont) Assessment of Glenohumeral Function
      3:30 LAB: Application of Evidence Based Examination
      - Techniques for the cervico-thoracic and shoulder girdle including classification, diagnosis, & prognosis for Shoulder Disorders
      5:30 Q/A & Adjourn
    • Day 2

      8:00 Rationale Evidence Based Intervention Techniques for shoulder disorders
      - Manual Therapy Techniques
      - Therapeutic Exercise
      - Self Management and Home Exercise Programs
      10:00 LAB: Application of Evidence Based Intervention Techniques for disorders
      - Manual Therapy Techniques
      10:30 BREAK
      10:45 LAB:
      - Therapeutic Exercise
      - Self Management and Home Exercise Programs
      12:00 LUNCH (ON YOUR OWN)
      1:00 The post operative shoulder
      - Rotator Cuff
      - Stabilization Procedures
      - Total Shoulders
      2:45 BREAK
      3:00 The Overhead Athlete
      LAB: Assessment of GIRD and SICK scapula ...and do they matter?
      3:45 Return to Work and Sport Criteria
      4:30 Case Study Applications
      5:00 Q/A & Adjourn

    Cancellation Policy

    Registration fee less a $75 administrative charge is refundable if cancellation received 14 days prior to program date. No refunds will be given after that time. Therapy Network, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a seminar and will refund in full the registration fee only. TNI is NOT responsible for registrants nonrefundable airfare, accommodations or fees.