Guidelines-based Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders using Manual Therapy, Movement Reeducation, and Exercise

Mercer University Department of Physical Therapy
Atlanta, GA

Please note: Registration is open to Physical Therapists. 


This seminar series aims to train physical therapists in the skills required to implement the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy's Clinical Practice Guidelines at a high level. All participants are provided with interactive digital learning tools to prepare them with the knowledge of the clinical guidelines before attending the seminars. Participants will also be encouraged to take and pass the AOPT’s CPG Knowledge Competency Examination before the 12 days of this hands-on skill-building seminar series. The pre-session online knowledge components enable the in-person sessions to be 12 days of fast-paced, high-level skill-building.


  • Lumbopelvic: Rhett Roberson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Beth Collier PT, DPT, EdD, OCS, FAAOMPT, and Tim McMahon, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Lower Extremity: Jason Reiss, PT, DPT, OCS and Nick Orton, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Cervical/Thoracic: Tim McMahon, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Upper Extremity: Jeff Ebert, PT, DPT, OCS and Ann Lucado, PT, PhD, CHT


Session Month Days  Days of the Week  Topics
1 August 11 - 13, 2023 Fri/Sat/Sun Low Back & Pelvis 
Already held
2 Sept/Oct Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2023 Fri/Sat/Sun

Hip, Knee, Ankle & Foot
Already held

3 October 13 - 15, 2023 Fri/Sat/Sun Neck & Thorax
Already held
4 January 26 - 28, 2024 Fri/Sat/Sun Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist & Hand

Registration Fees:

  Number of Sessions Price 
AOPT Member Each Session (3-Days) $600
Non-AOPT Member Each Session (3-Days) $700

The Registration Fees Include: 

  • Access to the AOPT/PhysioU’s CPG Interactive Learning Modules, Integrated Clinical Decision Trees, handouts summarizing the seminar’s content, videos of the procedures covered in the seminars, and multiple apps with guidelines-related movement analysis, exercise progressions, and case simulations.

Course Overview:

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Course Breakdown:

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  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3  
Session 1:
Low Back
Pelvic Girdle / Clinical Reasoning using the ICF  Lumbar Spine / Low Back Examination - demystified  Lumbopelvic Region / Low Back Pain - diagnosis and management  Session already held
Session 2:
Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot
Buttock & Hip / Observational Gait Analysis  Thigh & Knee / Integrating Manual Therapy and Movement  Leg, Ankle & Foot / Lower Quarter Gait Biomechanics  Session already held
Session 3:
Neck and Thorax
Thoracic Spine & Ribs / Management of Mobility Deficits  Thoracic & Cervical Spine / Neck Pain - diagnosis and management  Cervical Spine / Manual Therapy and Exercise for Cervicogenic Headache  Session already held
Session 4: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Shoulder Girdle / Shoulder Pain - diagnosis and management  Shoulder / Management of Movement Coordination Impairments  Elbow, Forearm, Wrist, and Hand / Counseling Strategies to Enhance Self-efficacy  Register for Session 4 Here