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Subacromial Pain Syndrome Management: Evidence and Lab-Intensive Upper Quarter Evaluation, Manual Therapy, Dry Needling, and Exercise
CSM 2020 Pre-conference Course
Tuesday, February 11 & Wednesday, February 12, 2020


This session will equip participants with the knowledge and skillset to manage individuals with subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS). The speakers will discuss best evidence for comprehensive conservative management of SAPS and review recently published studies on manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and dry needling. The presenters are currently conducting a large trial investigating the benefit of adding dry needling to a program of manual therapy and exercise for patients with SAPS and will provide rationales for the evaluation and treatment protocols from this study. The speakers will demonstrate shoulder examination techniques; manual therapy interventions for the spine, ribcage, and shoulder complex; selected dry needling interventions for the shoulder girdle, ribcage, and spine; and evidence-based therapeutic exercise interventions for SAPS. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice these procedures and techniques with lab partners.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to

  1. Summarize the current state of the medical literature regarding physical therapy treatment of subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS).
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in evidence-based manual therapy interventions for the shoulder, thoracic spine, and ribcage in individuals with shoulder pain.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in a select number of basic dry needling interventions for the cervicothoracic spine, ribcage, and shoulder region.
  4. Design an exercise progression for individuals with SAPS that has been shown to be effective in published clinical trials .

Ben Hando, PT, DSc:
Dr. Ben Hando is a Physical Therapist in the US Air Force. He is currently stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, TX where he serves as the Commander for the Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Flight. Dr. Hando completed his entry-level Masters in Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart University and his Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at Baylor University. He is board certified in orthopedics and completed his fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy through the Army-Baylor Fellowship in OMPT. He has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, on conservative management of disorders of the spine and extremities. He has authored numerous articles in the published medical literature and is currently involved in several ongoing research studies. His research interests include manual therapy, exercise and dry needling interventions for disorders of the spine, hip, knee, and shoulder.

Robert Boyles, PT, DSc:
Dr. Boyles is currently the Program Director and Clinical Professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Previously, he was on faculty as Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education at the U.S. Army-Baylor University DPT program. His primary areas of instruction are in orthopaedics, which includes evaluation and intervention, manual therapy treatment techniques for the spine and extremities, and musculoskeletal imaging. Dr. Boyles is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. He received his entry-level MPT degree in Physical Therapy in 1991and completed his Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy Residency and Doctoral degree in 2002 from U.S. Army-Baylor University. He teaches on-line imaging courses for the University of the Incarnate Word tDPT program and Medbridge, as well as numerous continuing education courses in manual therapy, and imaging for Physical Therapists in the Department of Defense, the APTA and throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is actively involved in research with publications in the field of manual physical therapy of the spine and extremities and is a two-time recipient of the Rose Award for Excellence in Research awarded by the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. He received 2017 Award for Clinical Excellence from the Washington State Physical Therapy Association (PTWA).

Jeremiah Samson, PT, MS:
Jeremiah Samson currently serves as the Ortho-Rehab Flight Director of Operations at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. He has served as an Air Force officer for over 17 years. He graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2001. In 2009, Jeremiah completed an 18 month Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, and Musculoskeletal Primary Care fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, California. He earned a certification in orthopedic manual therapy (COMT) from the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Jeremiah is in the process of completing his research study to earn his Doctor of Science degree at Texas Tech University. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the US Army Baylor DPT program, has served as an instructor in the Military Musculoskeletal Residency Program, he is a Level 1 and 2 dry-needling instructor, he has lectured on multiple topics at the Air Force's advanced clinical practice course, and has been a part of numerous platform presentations at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting.

Danielle Anderson, PT, DPT, DSc:
Major Danielle Anderson is currently the Physical Therapy Chief at Wilford Hall, JBSA. She holds an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science, a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Regis University, and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Baylor University. She is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in physical therapy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). She is an author on peer-reviewed publications including MSK imaging and injury prevention in flying units and is currently involved in several ongoing studies involving manual therapy interventions for the upper and lower extremities and educational principles in applying manual therapy techniques.

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