Phil McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA & Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA: Consensus and Controversies in the Management of Rotator Cuff Disorders

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Phil McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA & Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA

Consensus and Controversies in the Management of Rotator Cuff Disorders

Dates: April 6th-7th, 2018

LocationBridgeside Point 1

 100 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

1st Floor Classroom

Price: $275

Student Price: $75

All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Mercer-Marquette Challenge



 Sorry, but we are unable to issue refunds

Course Description

Rotator cuff disorders account for the majority of musculoskeletal shoulder complaints.  This course will cover current best evidence for evaluation and management of rotator cuff disorders ranging from tendonopathy, partial thickness to full-thickness rotator tears. The pathophysiology and mechanisms of rotator cuff disorders will be presented. The format will be both lectures, labs, and interactive case studies. An evidence based approach will be used to select, discuss and practice the history, impairments, physical examination tests, diagnosis, intervention procedures, and overall treatment approach.


Learning Objectives

  1. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  2. Incorporate current evidence and clinical reasoning into history and physical examinations for examination decision-making.
  3. Describe and demonstrate appropriate examination procedures – impairment and diagnostic tests
  4. Articulate diagnostic and treatment decision-making based on pathologies and classification for rehabilitation.
  5. Identify and understand the use of self-report outcome tools to assess function/ disability and assess treatment effectiveness.
  6. Incorporate current evidence and clinical reasoning for intervention selections.
  7. Describe and demonstrate treatment interventions – exercise, manual therapy, home exercise program instruction, and patient education.
  8. Incorporate current evidence into decision-making for the evaluation and treatment of shoulder pain.


Continuing Education Units

This course is approved in: PA & NY
 Physical Therapists
General CEUs: 10.75

Course Schedule

Fri April 6
3:30-4:00 Registration
4:00-4:15 Introduction and Overview
4:15-5:15 STAR Shoulder Approach to Classification for Rehabilitation
5:15-5:45 Pathophysiology of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy à Full-thickness Tears
5:45-6:00 Break
6:00-7:00 Impingement Mechanics
7:00-7:30 Q & A
Sat April 7
8:00-9:30 History and Physical Exam
9:30-10:15 Outcome & Performance Measures
10:15-12:00 Lab: Physical Exam & Special tests
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 Non-operative approach for treatment of Rotator Cuff Disorders
2:15-3:30 Lab: Interventions
3:30-4:30 Rotator Cuff Tears – non-operative and post-operative treatment
4:30-5:00 Wrap up and Q/A


About the Speaker

Philip McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Temple University, a Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and a PhD in Biomedical Science from Drexel University.  Dr. McClure’s research has included laboratory and clinical studies related to scapular dysfunction and rotator cuff disorders.  His work includes over 60 peer-reviewed papers and multiple book chapters.  He has received grant support from both federal and private agencies. He has served as the Chair for the Research Committee, Orthopedic Section, APTA, and as an invited expert reviewer for systematic reviews related to the rotator cuff by the AAOS and AHRQ. Phil received the National Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Orthopedic Section of the APTA, the Baethke-Carlin National Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching from the APTA and was named an APTA Catherine Worthington Fellow.


Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA is the Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research and Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California as of August, 2014.  Prior to USC she was a faculty member for 15 years at Virginia Commonwealth University as Professor and the Director of the COOR (Clinical biomechanics, Orthopedics and sports medicine Outcomes Research) Laboratory in the Department of Physical Therapy. She earned a B.S. in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania as well as a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Orthopedics and Biomechanics from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA.  Her research is focused on the study of mechanisms and the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and sports injuries of the shoulder. Specifically, she examines the mechanisms underlying the shoulder pathologies using a variety of techniques to include ultrasonography, kinematics, and EMG (electromyography).  In the clinical setting, Lori and her collaborators examine the ability to classify and diagnosis shoulder disorders, and the outcomes of non-surgical and surgical treatment for patients with shoulder and cervical spine disorders.  Lori was named an APTA Catherine Worthington Fellow in 2015


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