Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT, FAPTA: Integration of Biomechanical Movement System Diagnoses in Restoring Shoulder Function

Paula M. Ludewig

Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT, FAPTA


Integration of Biomechanical Movement System Diagnoses in Restoring Shoulder Function


Date: March 22 & 23, 2019

Location: University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy

Bridgeside Point 1

100 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

PT/OT Price: $375

*Early Bird Registration Until February 7: $350

Student Price: $150


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


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Course Description

Shoulder pain and dysfunction are very common in the general population and in clinical practice. This course will incorporate recent advances in the understanding of normal shoulder biomechanics and mechanisms of shoulder pain and dysfunction with application toward assessment and treatment of the painful shoulder. The course will include lecture presentation and interactive discussion on evidence-based biomechanics of the shoulder as an interdependent, multi-joint system. Additionally, research updates on the mechanics of “impingement”, movement deviations associated with common pathologies, and targeted rehabilitation interventions will be discussed. Lab experiences will be included and will emphasize clinical decision making and the integration of biomechanical concepts in movement assessment and treatment.


Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

1) Describe the relationship between the human movement system and the physical therapy profession identity.

2) Summarize normal motions and muscle functions of a healthy shoulder complex.

3) Relate common shoulder movement deviations to shoulder pathology.

4) Integrate knowledge of normal and abnormal shoulder motion into the performance of a movement-based examination.

5) Develop appropriate biomechanically based rehabilitation interventions for shoulder movement deviations and associated pathology.


Continuing Education Units

CEU’s: 11.5 (General) for PT and 11.5 for OT (pending approval for OT)


Course Schedule

Friday, March 23rd

5:00-5:30 pm Registration

5:30-7:30 pm Shoulder Anatomy and Biomechanics Updates

7:30-8:30 pm Case Application of Biomechanics Updates

8:00-9:00 pm Evidence-Based Updates on Shoulder “Impingement” Mechanics

Saturday, March 23rd

8:00-9:00 am Shoulder Diagnostic Classification within the Movement System

9:00-10:00 Movement Assessment Lab

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:45 Movement Assessment Lab (continued)

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:45 Linking Shoulder Movement Disorders and Pathoanatomic Diagnoses

1:45-3:15 Interventions for Shoulder Movement Disorders

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 Interventions for Shoulder Movement Disorders (continued)


About the Speaker

Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT, FAPTA is a Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Program in Physical Therapy. She received her MA in Physical Therapy and PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa. Her initial Physical Therapy degree is from the College of St. Scholastica. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of orthopaedic biomechanics, with particular interest in mechanisms of injury and rehabilitation approaches for the shoulder. Dr. Ludewig has published numerous articles on shoulder biomechanics and rehabilitation and has presented her research work and continuing education nationally and internationally.