Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement System Impairment Syndromes: Introduction to Concepts and Application with Emphasis on the Upper Quarter


January 30, 2021: 7:30 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

January 31, 2021: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Course Instructor: Renee Ivens, PT, DPT


Early Bird Special: $399

After Jan. 1, 2021: $449


This is a two-day course open to PT, OT and SLP specialists. The concepts and principles associated with movement system impairments (MSI) and their role in musculoskeletal pain syndromes of the shoulder and cervical spine will be presented. This course will enable the clinician to discuss the kinesiopathological model and the concepts of relative flexibility, relative stiffness, and motor learning as related to the path of least resistance for movement. The role of repeated movements and sustained alignments will be discussed.

The course will provide instruction in examination methods used to identify movement system impairments which include: 1) assessments of alignment, 2) tests of movement, 3) tests of muscle length, 4) tests of muscle strength, and 5) analysis of movement patterns during both specific joint motions and tasks. The most common MSI syndromes of the scapula, humerus and cervical spine will be covered. The program will include demonstrations of examinations, determination of a diagnosis, selection of corrective exercises and instruction in correcting movement patterns during daily, work and fitness tasks. A lab will be offered to provide supervised performance of the examination and guidance in linking the exam findings to treatment.


  1. Describe the kinesiopathological model and concepts and principles of movement system impairment syndromes.
  2. Describe the adaptations of muscle, nerve, and bone associated with repeated movements and sustained alignments.
  3. Describe the concepts of relative flexibility, relative stiffness, and motor learning as determinants of the path of least resistance which is associated with changes of precision of movement.
  4. Understand the importance of a systemic examination which includes specific tests and task analysis.
  5. Describe the relationship between alignment and neuromusculoskeletal impairments.
  6. Recognize impaired patterns of movement in shoulder and cervical spine.
  7. Be able to identify the contributing factors to the movement system impairment syndrome.
  8. Describe the examination to diagnose movement system impairment syndromes of the cervical spine and shoulder.
  9. Describe how the results of the examination guide the development of a treatment program with an emphasis on task performance.



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