Full Course Description

Module 1 | Rapidly Resolve Hand, Wrist & Elbow Problems with Ease

When you’re working with upper extremity patients, sometimes progress can feel like an uphill battle.

Many patients have difficulty describing upper extremity symptoms, so localizing the problem can be a challenge. Scar tissue and edema often limit tissue gliding so much that it interferes with exercises and functional tasks. And when standard treatment protocols fall short of expectations, this can leave your patients frustrated, pained by activities that give them purpose, and resigned to surgical options.

But with the latest advances in upper extremity rehabilitation, helping your patients achieve their functional goals is easier than ever.

Purchase now for this hands-on seminar, and learn how to get to the root cause of impairment faster with a comprehensive assessment that combines the best evaluations currently available. Revolutionize your therapy toolbox with innovative interventions you can use immediately to accelerate progress. And design advanced plans of care for a variety of common upper extremity diagnoses, fluently combining techniques for optimal outcomes.

Watch the former president of the American Society of Hand Therapists, Kristin Valdes, for this live webcast as she guides you through a proven framework for upper extremity rehabilitation that has helped countless patients regain lost function and rediscover life without the pain.

Program Information


  1. Evaluate the latest advances in upper extremity rehabilitation and their implications for your patients.
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive assessment, identifying and differentiating root causes of pain and impairment.
  3. Integrate the most effective interventions for restoring function and improving ROM, strength, dexterity, mobility, stability, proprioception and sensation.
  4. Combine multiple approaches for better outcomes, including provocative testing, neuromuscular reeducation, elastic taping, graded motor imagery, mirror therapy, eccentric exercises and more.
  5. Design effective, innovative plans of care for a wide range of upper extremity diagnoses.
  6. Apply the assessments and interventions discussed in this seminar to a series of interactive case scenarios.



  • Give your patients the benefit of cutting edge research and treatment
    • Neuromuscular reeducation apps
    • Elastic taping
    • Proprioception deficit assessment and training
    • Evidence-based pain treatment
    • Eccentric exercises for tendinopathy
  • Today’s best tests and assessments for:
    • Pain
    • Stiffness
    • Range of motion
    • Muscle testing
    • Sensation
    • Pinch
    • Skin condition
    • Deformities
    • Function
  • Hands-on lab
  • Innovative techniques to:
    • Decrease pain and edema
    • Improve range of motion
    • Reduce scar adherence and hypersensitivity
    • Build strength, dexterity, and stability
    • Improve proprioception and sensation
    • Enhance function
  • Hands-on lab
  • Synergistic strategies for effectively integrating:
    • Provocative testing
    • App-based neuromuscular re-education
    • Elastic taping
    • Home program instruction
    • Laterality training
    • Graded motor imagery
    • Mirror therapy
    • CMC stability exercises
    • Sensory re-education
    • Buddy taping
    • Eccentric exercises
  • Hands-on lab
  • Comprehensive solutions for common impairments:
    • Mallet finger
    • Trigger finger
    • Finger dislocation
    • Fractures
    • De Quervain’s
    • Joint instability
    • Tunnel syndromes
    • Tennis elbow
    • Golfer’s elbow
    • Complex regional pain syndrome
    • Tendinitis
    • Osteoarthritis
  • Hands-on lab
  • Case study 1: Correctly identify the root cause of impairment
  • Case study 2: Problem solve a complex upper extremity injury and develop an effective treatment plan
  • Case study 3: Develop an advanced plan of care for a patient with severer tendinitis
  • Case study 4: Overcome barriers to effective strategy implementation
  • Coding and billing updates for upper extremity diagnoses
  • Justify therapy with the right progress measures
  • Avoid denials and audits with these tips

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians

Copyright : 05/26/2022

Module 2 | Treating Shoulder Disorders

The shoulder is inherently instable – that’s why it has so much movement! One of the most daunting tasks facing rehab professionals is the in-depth understanding of the shoulder complex and how the intricate anatomy and biomechanics play into the non-surgical and post-surgical rehab process.

Dr. Rzepkowski bring 38 years of orthopedic experience to walk you through:

  • Which tests to use to quickly target the compromised structures
  • Manual and resistive exercise interventions to promote return of shoulder complex function
  • Best practices for pain management

But this seminar isn’t just for pre-op. When you’re following post-op protocol, it can be difficult to understand why the protocol is designed the way it is. In this seminar, you’ll also be able to SEE the surgical procedures to get a thorough understanding of why and how the protocols were developed. You’ll gain a better understanding of:

  • The importance of each ligament and how that impacts surgery and recovery
  • Why mechanical wear and tear is so common
  • The anatomy of impingement: videos that show what’s happening beneath the skin

When you treat patients requiring care for a wide range of shoulder pathologies ranging from tendonitis to total shoulder replacements, this in-depth understanding of the biomechanics is crucial. Watch Dr. Rzepkowski today to build your confidence in treating the various types of shoulder dysfunction you see in practice.

Program Information


  1. Assess the various mechanisms of shoulder injury both insidious and acute with the structures compromised.
  2. Demonstrate clinical procedures (tests) for targeting compromised shoulder structures.
  3. Evaluate surgical procedures for the shoulder.
  4. Inspect the role of scapular force couples in scapulo-humeral rhythm required for normal shoulder movement.
  5. Utilize manual and resistive exercise interventions to promote return of shoulder complex function.



  • Insidious and acute
  • Structures that become compromised
  • Biomechanical roles in shoulder function
  • Anatomy of impingement
  • Clinical tests that identify issues quickly
  • Tests that assess for:
    • Impingement
    • Rotator cuff disorders
    • Labral pathology
    • Glenohumeral instability
    • Correctly interpreting the special test data
  • Surgical video reviews of shoulder repairs
  • Sub acromial decompression
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Labral repair
  • Bankart repair
  • Proximal shoulder fracture
  • Total shoulder
  • Reverse total shoulder
  • Peri-operative procedures that reduce pain
  • How are Interscalene blocks performed
  • Use of non-narcotic pain cocktails to expedite discharge comfort
  • Kinesiology of scapula-humeral rhythm
  • Priority sequencing of muscle groups
  • Custom exercises to facilitate rehab intervention
  • Manual therapy progressions
  • Incorporate custom exercise videos

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Doctors of Chiropractic
  • Licensed Massage Therapists
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Other Rehab and Healthcare Professionals

Copyright : 01/20/2021

Manual Therapy to Release the Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis (AC) results in significant financial burden, pain and loss of quality of life.  With a lack of understanding, clinicians may painfully and forcibly mobilize with disregard for the myofascial component of AC. This often negatively impacts future functional activity. This session will teach you proven manual therapy techniques that significantly improve outcomes for frozen shoulder. You’ll be better equipped to help your patient with mobility, circulation and pain management for peak functional performance.

Program Information


  1. Distinguish etiology, incidence, clinical presentation and classification of the stiff shoulder/adhesive capsulitis  
  2. Assess examination techniques to identify shoulder impingement and AC 
  3. Evaluate the use of manual therapy interventions to improve mobility and function for AC  
  4. Assess current clinical practice guidelines (CPG) for management of AC and review of current evidence with case study example 


Assess for Adhesive Capsulitis 

  • Etiology, incidence, clinical presentation 
  • Diagnosis and classification 
  • Orthopedic exam tools to identify AC and shoulder impingement 

Manual Therapy Interventions  

  • Myofascial 
  • Soft tissue mobilization 
  • Cupping therapy 
  • Muscle energy/PNF 

Clinical Practice Guidelines 

  • Research review of current interventions 
  • Case study 

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Massage Therapists

Copyright : 07/30/2020

Shoulder & Elbow Joint Replacements – New Advancements in Rehab

In this session, you’ll learn all the new advances related to shoulder and elbow joint replacements. Explore the indications for a total shoulder versus a reverse total shoulder. New advances in pain management for same-day surgery will be presented, including nerve blocks and intraoperative pain cocktails. You’ll also gain insight into the new advances in 3D modeling for pre-operative planning along with a rehab focus for return of functional mobility.

Program Information


  1. Differentiate the indications and procedures of TSA and Rev TSA 
  2. Investigate surgical approaches, procedures and post-op restrictions through video presentation of joint replacement procedures 
  3. Evaluate criteria for same day surgery and use of nerve blocks used for UE surgery 
  4. Apply methods used for improved post-operative pain management  


Indications and Procedures of TSA and Rev TSA 

  • RTC integrity and function 
  • Clinical testing for RTC function 
  • How the RSA allows function 

Joint Replacement Procedures 

  • Surgical approaches 
  • Video demonstrations of TSA and RSA 
  • Post-op considerations 
  • Video demonstration of total elbow joint replacement 

Criteria for Same Day Surgery 

  • Evaluate criteria 
  • Interscalene block: use of nerve blocks for UE surgery 
  • Video demonstration of UE nerve block 

Post-Operative Pain Management 

  • Pan management options 
  • Use of Exparel (pain cocktail) 
  • Video demonstrations of intra-operative Exparel 

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers

Copyright : 07/31/2020