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When: Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Where: Zoom
United States
Contact: Erin Stack

Online registration is available until: 8/20/2020
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This course will focus on evidence-based examination and management of rotator cuff pathologies. A brief review of clinical anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder will be presented to help participants incorporate functional anatomy into their reasoning process. Pathomechanics, mechanisms of injury, and surgical procedures will be discussed for rotator cuff tears. Evidence-based features of the examination will be reviewed, as well as a discussion on therapeutic exercises and manual therapy interventions for rotator cuff pathologies. Demonstration of manual therapy and therapeutic exercises while incorporating a clinical reasoning framework will be discussed and showed. Post-operative management strategies will be implemented with a review of protocol-based therapy applied within a patient-centered framework and clinical reasoning process.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss and apply the relevant clinical anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder.
  2. Apply clinical anatomy and biomechanics in the differential diagnosis process using evidence where appropriate.
  3. Understand and explain the various mechanisms of injury responsible for rotator cuff tears.
  4. Develop a plan of care for non-operative management of rotator cuff pathologies.
  5. Develop an appropriate plan of care prior to surgical intervention for rotator cuff pathologies.
  6. Incorporate and perform appropriate therapeutic exercises and manual therapy interventions with evidence-based guidelines where appropriate.
  7. Integrate patient education strategies that discuss post-operative precautions and contra-indications and return to daily functional activities in a safe manner.
  8. Integrate and apply return to play criteria following post-operative rotator cuff repair.
  9. Integrate and apply injury prevention programs following return to play to optimize the long-term health and viability of our patients.
  10. Implement long-term commitment to home exercise programs to foster optimal return of function.

*These objectives will be tested with a case study at the end of the presentation.*


Target Audience:

This course is intended for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students with varying years of clinical experience. The concepts and principles covered will benefit all participants and enable them to translate this information immediately into clinical practice.


Instructional Methods:

A combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and a case study will be used during this presentation to facilitate learning and exchange of ideas.


Course Outline:

9:00am - 9:30am
Review of Shoulder Anatomy and Biomechanics
9:30am - 10:30am
Rotator Cuff Pathology – Epidemiology, Mechanism of Injury, Non-Operative Management
10:30am - 11:45am
Surgical Considerations and Post-Operative Management
11:45am - 12:15pm
Manual Therapy Demonstration
12:15pm - 12:45pm
Exercise / Neuromuscular Control
12:45pm - 1:00pm
Case Study / Questions


Course Presenter: Michael Masaracchio, PT, DPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists


Presenter Bio:

Michael Masaracchio has been a practicing physical therapist for 19 years. He is currently an Associate Professor and Chair at Long Island University’s Department of Physical Therapy. In addition, Dr. Masaracchio has served as Director of the Anatomy Lab at Long Island University since 2007.  Clinically, Dr. Masaracchio is the clinical director at Masefield and Cavallaro Physical Therapy, where he specializes in the examination and management of orthopedic and sports related pathologies. He is a board certified orthopedic and sports clinical specialist from the American Physical Therapy Specialization Council, and has served on the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the sports physical therapy examination from 2013-2016. He completed his Fellowship in Manual Therapy from Regis University in 2013 and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.  Dr. Masaracchio has co-authored 21 articles, a textbook, and a book chapter. He has presented at local, national, and international conferences on the examination and treatment of various orthopedic and sports related pathologies, as well as certain areas of health services research related to costs of care. Dr. Masaracchio and his colleagues were the recipients of a $300,000 grant from the NYPTA to study the “Timing and Sequencing of Physical Therapy on the Overall Costs of Care in New York State”.



Registration Rates

Members: $35.00

Non-Members: $70.00


Course Information

Date: Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM -- 1:00 PM

Approved CEH's: 4.8

4-Hour Zoom Webinar

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