Online Physical Therapy Courses

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Chris Durall, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, LAT, CSCS, is the Director of the Student Health Center Physical Therapy Department and a Graduate Faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Prior to assuming the Directorship at UW-LaCrosse, Dr. Durall was an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Creighton University where he received three consecutive Educator of the Year awards. Dr. Durall has extensive experience in manual therapy and sports physical therapy and he combines attributes of both in his courses. Dr. Durall earned baccalaureate (1993) and Advanced Masters (1998) degrees in Physical Therapy from UW-LaCrosse, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University (2002). He is a graduate of the Gundersen-Lutheran Sports Physical Therapy Residency program, a board-certified sports physical therapist, a licensed athletic trainer, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Durall has authored or co-authored numerous textbook chapters and research articles on a variety of musculoskeletal topics.

Comprehensive Examination and Treatment of Shoulder Disorders - What are you missing


This two-day hands-on advanced seminar is designed to help clinicians achieve superior outcomes when working with patients with musculoskeletal shoulder disorders. Dr. Durall blends current evidence and 16 years of orthopedic and sports clinical experience to help participants diagnose and manage shoulder disorders with greater confidence and proficiency. Manual therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions for the thoracic spine, 1st rib and shoulder complex will be uniquely blended and systematically practiced to facilitate immediate clinical application. The critical role of the thoracic spine is emphasized in this course and participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of mobilization techniques for the thoracic spine. Pathologies of the shoulder complex discussed include AC Joint Injuries, Adhesive Capsulitis, Impingement, Instability, Labral Injuries, and Rotator Cuff Tears. Numerous treatment approaches and recent advances in research are integrated to provide the clinician with a diverse array of options to help optimize biomechanical function and functional ability. This course is intended to facilitate immediate clinical application and hands-on lab time is liberally incorporated during. Participants can expect to refine and advance their clinical examination and treatment skills in a supportive and active learning environment.

Category: Shoulder Examination and Treatment, physical therapy continuing education course, occupational therapy continuing education course

Professional Attendance: This continuing medical education course is applicable for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.


  • Describe the functional anatomy, mechanics, and pathomechanics of the shoulder complex.
  • Explain the etiology of common shoulder pathologies such as: acromioclavicular joint injuries, adhesive capsulitis, impingement, instability, labral injury and rotator cuff tears.
  • Perform a thorough and systematic examination of the shoulder and thoracic spine complex.
  • Formulate safe and efficacious post-operative shoulder rehabilitation programs.
  • Competently utilize mobilization techniques for the thoracic spine, 1st rib, and shoulder complex to treat shoulder disorders.
  • Formulate therapeutic exercise programs for patients with shoulder disorders using current evidence on muscle activation during different exercises.
  • Design and effective and appropriate rehabilitation program based on current clinical and scientific research for the following shoulder pathologies: AC Joint injuries, adhesive capsulitis, impingement, rotator cuff pathology, shoulder instability and labral tears.
  • Measure patient outcome success using a standardized functional performance instrument.
  • Improve the ability to solve complex shoulder problems through greater appreciation of the intimate relationship between the thoracic spine and shoulder complex.

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    Comprehensive Examination and Treatment of Shoulder Disorders - What are you missing





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