Orthopedic Rehabilitation of the Shoulder


shoulderboneThis two-day seminar is designed in an attempt to bridge the gap between scientific research and clinical practice. The concepts and principles presented will emphasize current and innovative approaches to the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic shoulder pathology. Teaching methods will include lecture (75%), video, workshop demonstration, and lab practice (25%). The focus of the seminar is on immediate clinical application of evidence-based practice in a limited access environment.


Following completion of the program the participant will be able to:

  1. recognize and identify fthe unctional anatomy of the sternoclavicular, acromioclavicular, glenohumeral, and scapulothoracic joints.
  2. explain the stabilizing function of the muscles and ligaments of the shoulder.
  3. explain the biomechanical and EMG relationships of the upper extremity during functional activities.
  4. conduct a comprehensive upper quarter biomechanical eval.
  5. recognize the common signs and symptoms associated with macro and microtraumatic injuries to the shoulder including instabilities, impingement, adhesive capsulitis, and thoracic outlet syndrome.
  6. design an effective conservative and post-operative treatment program to address identified impairments and functional limitations
  7. perform treatment techniques for the shoulder. (biofeedback, mobilization, therapeutic exercise, and PNF)
  8. construct and implement a functional therapeutic exercise progression applicable for injuries of the shoulder.


  • Functional Anatomy Review
  • Scapular Significance: Scapulothoracic and Scapulohumeral Biomechanics, Evaluation, and Training
  • Arthrokinematics, Obligate Translation, and Force Couples
  • Evaluation and Special Tests Lab
  • Glenohumeral Instability and Scapular Significance
  • Key Principles to Managing Impingement Syndrome
  • Loss of Motion Protocol and Mobilization Lab
  • Post-op Protocol for Rotator Cuff Repairs
  • Adhesive Capsulitis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and Total Shoulder Arthorplasty
  • Surgical Procedures and Post-op Considerations
  • Functional Examination and Testing
  • Therapeutic Exercise Progressions and Functional Exercise Demonstrations
  • Limited Access Rehabilitation and Home Exercise Program Ideas


Day One 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Day Two 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
15 contact hours; intermediate level


Edward P. Mulligan, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC

Dr. Mulligan has been involved in orthopedic-sports physical therapy, athletic training, and clinical education for the past 36 years. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Nebraska and he received his physical therapy training at UTMB – Galveston. He completed the post-professional master’s degree program at Texas Woman’s University-Dallas in 1995 and his transitional DPT program at Regis University in 2008. He was recognized as a clinical specialist in sports physical therapy by the APTA in 1988 and as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in 2009. He is an Associate Professor and Residency Program Director in the Physical Therapy Department at UT Southwestern in Dallas and has taught over 250 seminars to over 10,000 participants in 36 states over the past 20 years. He has authored numerous textbook chapters and had his research published in multiple high impact physical therapy and orthopedic surgery journals. Ed has been married to Jana Mulligan, PT for 34 years. They have two sons, Ryan, who is a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon in Grapevine, TX and Reid,  who is an Architect in Dallas, TX. He is also the proud of his grandchildren, Ellie and Bennett.