Seminar Detail

The Complex Shoulder: Evaluation and Intervention for Common Conditions
The Complex Shoulder: Evaluation and Intervention for Common Conditions


When:  Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description
If you are looking for SOLUTIONS to the evaluation and treatment of complex shoulder pathologies, this is the seminar for you. Join expert, Michael T. Gross, for an information-packed day focused on giving you the tools you need to overcome the sometimes difficult task of intervening for shoulder injuries. Learn new strategies to assess and plan treatment effectively for:
  • Rotator Cuff Tear Restoration & Management
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Anterior Glenohumeral Instability
  • SLAP Lesions
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Thoracic Outlet Compression Syndrome
  • Shoulder Arthroplasties

Learn more than just the etiology of these common shoulder complex pathologies. Learn how to interpret clinical tests and recognize the patient's problem quickly. Rapid recognition is imperative not only in developing the appropriate course of action for the patient, but also ensuring the patient has the best chance for a successful rehabilitation. Acquire take-home tips and techniques that will change your clinical practice the very next day!
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Explain the etiology of common shoulder complex pathologies and identify possible anatomic and functional movement etiologic factors
  2. Identify which special tests should be used to identify specific shoulder complex pathologies and be able to apply these tests proficiently
  3. Determine which patients are appropriate candidates for conservative intervention or should be referred for assessment as surgical candidates
  4. Utilize effective glenohumeral and scapula-thoracic mobilization techniques specific to shoulder complex pathologies
  5. Devise appropriate treatment plans and enable effective patient intervention based on clinical findings
Program Outline

  • Rotator Cuff Tears
    • Surgical restoration of normal and altered anatomy
    • Cluster tests, modified empty can test
    • Anatomic repair vs. "the best you can do"
    • Conservative management to prevent impingement and total shoulder replacement
    • Post-operative management that depends on procedure and not "cookbook"
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
    • Anatomic and functional contributors
    • Cluster tests, modified Hawkins-Kennedy, modification of Neer's test
    • Surgical repair procedures for primary impingement
    • Conservative management based on etiologic factors that is tailored to each patient
    • Post-operative management
    • Respect the deltoid as the worst offender
  • Anterior Glenohumeral Instability
    • Anatomic restraints
    • Etiologic factors- Pectoralis major as the worst offender
    • Apprehension, Jobe Relocation, Release Test, Anterior Drawer, Push-Pull
    • Anatomic Repair, Bristow, Latarjet, Putti-Platt
    • Rehabilitative management
  • SLAP Lesions
    • Classification of lesions
    • Biceps Load II, Anterior Slide Test for early detection
    • Surgical management and rehabilitation based on lesion type
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
    • Stages based on symptoms
    • Etiologic factors
    • Effects of conservative versus invasive intervention
    • Conservative management based on stage of disorder
    • Anterior, Posterior, Inferior Glenohumeral Mobilizations and Scauplo-thoracic Mobilizations
  • Thoracic Outlet Compression Syndrome
    • Help some of the most frustrated patients ever!
    • Anatomic locations of potential compromise
    • Manage the case with a complete list of etiologic factors
    • Intervention based on location of compromise and etiologic contributors
    • Assessment Tests: Adson's, Military Bracing, Hyperabduction
    • Surgical Procedures: Cervical Rib Excision, Scalenectomy
  • Shoulder Arthroplasties
    • Indications for
      • Hemi-arthroplasty
      • Total shoulder arthroplasty
      • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
    • Outcomes
    • Rehabilitation strategies
  • Hands on Lab: Special Tests and Mobilizations
    • Solutions for shoulder pathologies
    • Interpret clinical tests to recognize the patient's problem quickly
    • Take home tips and new techniques


Michael T. Gross has 37 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist, specializing in the areas of biomechanics and orthopaedic assessment and treatment. He has maintained a consistent clinical practice for all of these years, currently seeing patients 2 days per week at his faculty practice. He is a professor in the PhD Program in Human Movement Science, and the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Gross has 70 refereed journal publications in such journals as the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy, and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. He was an Editorial Review Board Member for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and serves as a reviewer for many other journals. Dr. Gross was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty by the American Physical Therapy Association. He also was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has given well over 300 regional, national, and international presentations, which have been highly rated by attendees for knowledge, skill, and humor.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michael Gross is a Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Michael Gross has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. PARTIAL CONTACT HOURS WILL BE AWARDED FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.

PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

MARYLAND PHYSICAL THERAPISTS AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and has been approved for .6 CEUs.

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 6.25 hours of clinical Category I CME credit by the American Academy of Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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