FMT Rx: Differential Diagnosis of the Regional Shoulder

by Dr. Milica McDowell

Online Course

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This course introduces the learner to an overview of differential diagnosis and intervention concepts related to the shoulder region of the human body. It includes a review of current literature supporting the theories that describe and delineate specific concepts related to differential diagnosis of this body region. Interventional techniques to enhance rehabilitation or performance outcomes will be discussed and demonstrated. Evidence based chapters in this course include topics of tissue healing, injury management, differential diagnosis, interventional technique, treatment theory and practical lab experiences in areas such as applying kinesiology tape, use of myofascial cups, using banded mobilizations and IASTM.

FMT RX: Regional Shoulder is an evidence-informed differential diagnosis course that advances students’ understanding of factors to consider when working with patients or clients with hip region injuries. FMT Rx Regional Shoulder methodically examines the research-influenced content basis for a deeper understanding of management of this area of injury.

This course is intended for health and fitness professionals with all levels of experience.

Available Course Credits

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Learning Objectives

  • Define the anatomy and physiology of the regional shoulder complex
  • Assess factors that are related to differential diagnosis of regional shoulder pain, including the medial, lateral and posterior compartments.
  • Consider historical and current trends in treatment of regional shoulder pain, including the medial, lateral and posterior compartments.
  • Discuss and delineate physiological influences of increased risk of chronic and acute regional shoulder pain including the medial, lateral and posterior compartments.
  • Demonstrate and explain FMT Tactics for management of regional shoulder pain including the medial, lateral and posterior compartments.
  • Course Content

    FMT Rx: Regional Shoulder
    25% fee for cancellations on courses that have been marked as “in progress” - or partially viewed. Execution of refund is contingent upon the review of RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC to determine course status. Full refunds will be issued to those who have not reviewed any portion of the course and will be processed within 3-5 business days. Refunds expected to be returned to the original payment method used unless stated otherwise by RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC. Due to the method of delivery for these courses (i.e., on-demand), registration is ongoing and therefore does not have a registration deadline associated with it.

    Milica McDowell DPT


    Dr. Milica McDowell is the Senior Director of Medical for RockTape, her background is as an orthopedic physical therapist. She has worked with athletes from high school kids to the weekend warrior to pros from the NFL, NHL, MLB, XGames, Pro rodeo, triathlon, and the performing arts. Dr. McDowell has a background in team sports, yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, clinical bike fitting and rehab for ultra-endurance athletes. Dr. McDowell was a faculty member at Montana State University in the Health and Human Performance program from 2008-2019 and is the founder of Epic Fitness Center, Bluebird Medical Supply and Clearwater Physical Therapy. Dr. McDowell has two Bachelors’ Degrees from Montana State University, a Master’s Degree from University of Colorado and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Idaho State University. She has lectured both nationally and internationally, is a published author, textbook editor and has a United States Patent. In her free time, she enjoys triathlon, alpine and skate skiing and exploring Montana’s outdoors with her husband, family and poodle-mix dogs.

    Hour 1: 

    • Review of Anatomy and Physiology 
      • Regional Shoulder Anatomy 
        • Anterior Shoulder/Upper Trap Complex 
        • Superior Shoulder/Upper Trap Complex 
        • Pec and Clavicle Complex 
        • Lateral Shoulder Complex 
      • Regional Shoulder Biomechanics 
        • Proximal and Distal Influences 
      • Regional Shoulder Function 
        • Area of Stability & Mobility, Compare and Contrast 
    • Differential Diagnosis of the Shoulder Region 
      • Medial Shoulder Compartment, Common Palpation and Testing 
      • Lateral Shoulder Compartment, Common Palpation and Testing 
      • Posterior Shoulder Compartment, Common Palpation and Testing 
      • Superior Shoulder Compartment, Common Palpation and Testing 
    • Function and Dysfunction of the Regional Shoulder Complex 
      • Identifying the Issues 
        • Medial Shoulder Compartment, Common Issues 
        • Lateral Shoulder Compartment, Common Issues 
        • Posterior Shoulder Compartment, Common Issues 
      • Acute Trauma vs Chronic Problems 
    • Historical Treatment of Regional Shoulder Pain 
      • Anterior Shoulder/Biceps Complex/ACJ 
      • Superior Shoulder/Upper Trap Complex 
      • Pec and Clavicle Complex 

    Hour 2:  

    • Research Review 
      • Analysis of Current Research Related to this Region 
    • Treatment Considerations Today 
      • Kinesiology Tape Intervention 
        • Shoulder Posture Tape Applications 
      • Myofascial Cupping 
        • With Movement 
        • With Therapist Assist 
        • With Postural Articulations 
      • IASTM for Shoulder 
      • Down Regulation of Pectoralis 
        • Up Regulation of Latissimus 
        • Down Regulation of Upper Trap 
      • Elastic Conditioning Band Interventions 
      • Retractions and Shoulder Mobility Glides 
    • Stages of Care for Regional Shoulder Pain 
      • Acute Management 
      • Sub-acute Management 
      • Chronic Management 
    • What’s Next 
      • Review of Learning Objectives 


    This course is valid for continuing education credit through NUHS in the following states, so long as it falls within the scope of practice as outlined by the corresponding state board: AL, AK, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY.

    CEU approval for this course has been submitted and is pending: AR, GA, HI, MO, PA.

    (Considered distance learning, please check with your board how many hours you are allowed).

    Please note that online continuing education is not recognized in the following states: FL, LA, MS, OK, WI

    *NUHS makes no representation either directly or indirectly that the substantive matter being presented is approved or within respective scope of licensing. It remains the attendees’ responsibility to contact the state board(s) from which they seek continuing education credits for purposes of ensuring said board(s) approves both the delivery method and content as they relate to this event.


    This course meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards: AL, CO, CT, IA, ME, MA, MN, NH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY

    This course meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of approval by Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 2.00 CCUs for PTs and PTAs. Approval #71710: AK, AZ, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, MI, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA.

    FL – This course is approved by the FPTA for 2 hours, CE Broker Approval #:CE22-914503.

    KY – This course is Category 2 continued competency activity by the APTA Kentucky. Category 2 activities include courses that are less than 3 hours in length; these courses do not require formal approval.

    TX – This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 2.00 CCUs for PTs and PTAs. Approval #71710


    This course (BOC Approved provider # P8570) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of (2 hours/CEUs, Category A). ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

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