This two-day program is an introductory course that establishes baseline knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder girdle. Starting at the cervical spine, including the brachial plexus, and encompassing the multiple articulations of the shoulder; we will review basic to advanced evaluation skills and treatment concepts. Included will be a review of surgical interventions and post-surgical treatment pathways for specific pathologies to aide you in maximizing your care and improving treatment results of these challenging and often intimidating patients. Participants will learn hands-on skills that can be immediately implemented in the clinic. The course has a heavy emphasis on lab sessions so loose comfortable clothing is recommended as well as halter or swim suit tops for women in order to allow for proper practice of techniques.

During hands-on lab sessions, course instructor(s) will evaluate each participant’s techniques/skills learned to determine proficiency for course completion. Post test at end of course will assess your new knowledge.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation the participant will be able to:

  • describe the biomechanics of the shoulder girdle.
  • describe the etiology of the SLAP lesion.
  • describe the etiology of a rotator cuff tear.
  • describe the etiology and pathomechanics of SICK Scapula Syndrome.
  • describe the implications of the unstable shoulder.
  • give examples of possible sequele of the shoulder with glenohumeral internal rotation deficit (GIRD)
  • demonstrate how to selectively apply tension to the brachial plexus and major peripheral nerves of the upper extremity.
  • differentiate between rotator cuff tendonitis and subacromial bursitis.
  • differentiate cervical vs. shoulder generated symptoms.
  • devise treatment strategies combining manual and exercise/movement based techniques.
  • devise safe early motion strategies to minimize post-op/post-injury shoulder fibrosis.
  • select the appropriate evidence-based special tests to identify shoulder pathology.

CE Credits

15 contact hours

BOC Level: Essential

Day 1: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Registration begins at 7:30am
Day 2: 8:00 am – 5:00pm

This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE. See links below.


Physical Therapy Board of California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehab Education, LLC as an approval agency to approve providers offering continuing competency courses for CA licensed PTs and PTAs. This course is approved for 15 contact hours.

NY State Physical Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education by the NY State Education Department Board of Physical Therapy. (Course must be taken prior to 05-10-2022)

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider #6177: See states that currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT

  • AOTA Approval States

    These states currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT continuing education either in regulatory language or by formal written communication to AOTA:

    District of Columbia
    New Hampshire
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota

    *Disclaimer: Rehab Education LLC provides this list for your convenience. At the time of listing, the following state boards accept courses by virtue of approval by other organizations. It is the responsibility of the participant registering for a course to check with their state board to confirm rules and regulations regarding acceptance of contact hours for live and online courses.

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other state PT boards or APTA state associations*:

    North Carolina

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other APTA state associations*:

    Rhode Island

    The following PT Boards accept courses provided by AOTA approved providers*:

    District of Columbia
    Rhode Island

    *NBCOT…National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (view PDU requirements)

    +HTCC… Hand Therapy Certification Commission  (view recertification requirements)
    Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC): This course is accepted by HTCC towards re-certification.

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Day 1

7:30 : 8:00 Registration
8:00 – 8:15 Introduction
8:15 – 9:00 Anatomy Overview
9:00 – 9:30 Cervical Screening Lab / Lecture
9:30 – 10:00 Basic Examination of the Shoulder
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 10:45 Palpation Lab
10:45 – 11:30 Rotator Cuff Disease – Etiology and Pathology Lab / Lecture
11:30 – 12:00 Labrum Injuries – SLAP Lesions
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Shoulder Instability Lab / Lecture
2:00 – 2:45 Impingement Syndrome Lab / Lecture
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:30 The Stiff Shoulder – Etiology and Pathology
3:30 – 4:00 Shoulder Mobilization Lab
4:00 – 4:30 SICK Scapula Syndrome
4:30 – 5:00 Case Study Concepts Integration

Day 2

8:00 – 8:15 Review Q & A
8:15 – 8:45 The Overhead Athlete – Etiology and Pathology
8:45 – 9:15 Rehabilitation of the Overhead Athlete Lab / Lecture
9:15 – 9:40 Rehabilitation of the Fractured Proximal Humerus
9:40 – 10:00 Rehabilitation of the Post Surgical Shoulder
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 10:45 Brachial Plexus Overview
10:45 – 11:00 Anatomy of the Thoracic Outlet
11:00 – 12:00 Brachial Plexus History and Examination Lab
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Brachial Plexus Mobility Assessment Lab
1:30 – 2:00 Basic Treatment / Progression of the Brachial Plexus Patient
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 2:45 Shoulder Stabilization Lab
2:45 – 3:15 Shoulder Plyometrics Lab
3:15 – 4:00 Manual Techniques for Mobilizing the Brachial Plexus
4:00 – 5:00 Case Studies Integrating Concepts Covered, Post-course assessment

ButlertMark W. Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, is a board certified Orthopaedic clinical specialist and Mckenzie certified specialist for mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine. He started his own practice eighteen months after graduating from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of Science in Philadelphia), which he sold to NovaCare in 1997.

He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UMDNJ, guest lecturer at Stockton College in New Jersey, and Medical College of Virginia where he lectures on Advanced Orthopedics, Neural Mobilization, Radiology, and Evaluation and Treatment of TMJ Disorders. Mark is also a continuing education speaker on Evaluation and Treatment of Brachial Plexopathies, Neural Mobilization, the lumbar spine, and the shoulder. He was honored in 2006 with the James Tucker Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award by the APTAnj.

He presented at the national conference in Hollywood of the American Society of Hand Therapists on Evaluation and Treatment of the Brachial Plexopathy Patient. His lecture series was selected as the featured topic on CD ROM to be available to the ASHT membership.

Mark is a frequent presenter at conferences, including the APTAnj annual conference, the InNovations and Sports Medicine conferences at the Philadelphia Eagles Complex, and the Cincinnati Fracture conference. He authored the shoulder chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity, which was published in 2014.

Mark continues to manage the NovaCare Medford outpatient clinic, where the majority of his caseload is brachial plexopathy, shoulder, and spine patients.

Classes taught by Mark W. Butler:


Note: Early Bird rates are in effect if your application is postmarked four weeks or more prior to registration.Early Bird RateLate Registration Rate
Examination and Interventions for Shoulder Pathologies: A Practical and Evidence-Based Approach$449.00$499.00

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