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Management of Upper Extremity Disorders


Credit: Varies

Length: Varies

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For: PT, OT

This course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill level in the evidence-based management of individuals with upper extremity disorders and dysfunction. This lab intensive course focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management of these individuals. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice. Participants will receive hands-on demonstration and practice of both examination and selected interventions of upper extremity.

This course is being offered in person or as a virtual lab. Learn more about the virtual lab experience here.

Course Objectives/Outcomes

  • Identify and perform key elements of an upper extremity subjective and objective clinical examination, with particular emphasis on a cervical and thoracic spine screening exam and upper extremity active and passive motion testing with overpressure and special tests.
  • Synthesize and analyze data from the upper quarter clinical examination based on signs and symptoms, diagnostic clusters, and treatment-based classifications.
  • Determine a diagnosis and/or impairments and use sound clinical reasoning and current best evidence to guide patient/client management.
  • Engage in the diagnostic process to establish differential diagnoses across systems & across the life span.
  • Utilize a consistent clinical process to effectively screen for systemic disease and non-musculoskeletal pathology in patients with upper quarter pain.
  • Justify the selection of manual therapy techniques or integrated exercise using clinical reasoning and application of current best evidence.
  • Perform selected manipulation and mobilization techniques in patients with upper quarter pain or dysfunction.
  • Apply learning to your clinical practice next week.


Evidence In Motion is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. By taking an EIM continuing education course designed for OTs/OTAs you may qualify for AOTA CEUs. *The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Dates and Locations

2-Day Weekend Intensive

8-Week Online Didactic

4-Week Virtual Lab

  • Why EIM

    We’re reimagining health care education that takes you to the next next level. With learning that takes place where you are, evidence-based practice, and better outcomes for your patients, our education is transformative. That’s why EIM.

  • The WI course was a game changer in my practice. I have been able to apply the techniques we learned everyday since the course, and patient's have noticed a difference Course Graduate

  • As an OT, I will use the information at the course as one approach to helping patients back to returning to their occupational roles as I combine these strategies with occupational tasks in the clinic. Course Graduate


CEU and Cancellation Policy

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