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CANCELLED, CE POSTPONED: Fall Conference: The Use of Movement Analysis for Improving Function in Patients with Musculoskeletal and Neurologic Disorders

  • 02-Oct-2021
  • 8:00 AM
  • 03-Oct-2021
  • 3:45 PM
  • Missoula Montana



Fall Conference: The Use of Movement Analysis for Improving Function in Patients with Musculoskele-tal and Neurologic Disorders

Presented by Beth Fisher PhD, PT, FAPTA

14 Contact Hours, MT category A 

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below.

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Provisions include coffee/tea in the morning and lunch at the business meeting. Snacks are not served at breaks. 

Accommodations and Meeting Sites:

Meeting Site: University of Montana Skaggs Building

Room Block TBA

Committees and Board Meeting

October 1, 2021:

  • 5:00 - 6:00pm Legislative Committee Meeting, Site TBA
  • 5:15 - 5:45pm Financial Committee Meeting, Site TBA
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm Board Meeting,  Site TBA

Other tentative meetings which may or may not be held at this particular meeting, option of video stream meeting is available.

  • Delegates
  • Nominating Committee
  • Programming Committee

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online for this without paying). Please send agenda items to the office or President Christian Appel by Sept. 11, 2021. Final agenda will be posted in the members only section at www.aptamt.com by Sept. 22, 2021.

Cancellation Policy

APTA MT reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If ATPA MT refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

Cancellations will be accepted in writing via email or mail. A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.


Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discounts:

Students may take this course at a rate discounted by 50% of the member and non-member rate, if there is space available prior to the start of the course. This course is a laboratory class with limited space, and therefore we must limit the spaces available at the student rate. If you are a student and would like to attend if we do have extra room for this course, please register for the student waitlist. APTA MT will notify you one week prior to start of the course to offer you a space in the course, if available.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.



7:15 - 8:00am Professional Issues Forum (APTA MT)

8:00am - 12noon Course(s) with break, see details below

12noon - 2:00pm APTA MT Business meeting and luncheon

2:00pm - 6:00pm Course(s) with break, see details below

6:00pm -  Reception - All PTs and PTAs invited, course enrollment not necessary to attend this reception

7:00pm - No Host Group Dinner in Town. Details to follow


8:00am - 12noon course with break, see details below

12noon - 12:30pm Lunch on your own

12:30pm - 3:15 pm course with break, see details below

About the course:

Course Description:

MOVEMENT ANALYSIS is the defining skill of the Physical Therapist. Whereas other profes-sionals may do work considered similar to the Physical Therapist, skill in observation and analysis of movement is the unique domain of the Physical Therapist. Movement Analysis is one of the most im-portant assessment tools because of the insight it provides in terms of the patient’s movement problems as well as how to intervene. Importantly, it enables the PT to treat the source of the patient’s problem rather than just the symptoms and therefore make more permanent changes in the patient’s functional capabilities. Movement analysis contributes to more precise decisions regarding impairment testing but importantly provides insight into how a patient is responding to their impairments as well as to the envi-ronment. Thus, movement analysis allows the Physical Therapist to determine the role that compensa-tion and biomechanical constraints play in contributing to ‘abnormal’ or problematic movement strate-gies. The purpose of this presentation is to provide, through discussion and examples, the critical role of movement analysis in clinical decision-making and determine intervention strategies designed to mini-mize the impact of compensation on masking underlying movement capabilities the patient may pos-sess.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • To discuss how treatment can be designed to promote recovery while patients engage in func-tional tasks.
  • Identify biomechanical constraints that limit movement options and functional outcomes.
  • Learn how to manipulate the environment in order to minimize the impact of biomechanical con-straints.
  • Learn how to apply soft tissue mobilization techniques in order to minimize the biomechanical constraints.
  • To design interventions to improve gait by applying knowledge of normal gait and practicing ob-servational gait analysis in a patient population.

Course Agenda:

Saturday Schedule - October 2

8:00 – 10:00    Compensations & constraints as a factor in producing ‘abnormal’ movement patterns (lecture/video) 

10:00 – 10:15  BREAK 

10:15 – 12:00 Trunk mobilization (Lab) 

12:00 – 2:00    APTA MT Business meeting and luncheon

2:00 – 3:30      The role of compensations and constraints in swing phase abnormalities (lecture/video) 

3:30 – 3:45      BREAK

3:45 – 6:00      Lower extremity alignment lab – influence of hip extension & abduction on knee position; use of the table as a ‘point of reference’ to move from; Lower extremity facilitation (loading cue through a variety of tasks)

Sunday Schedule - October 3

8:00 – 9:00      Upper extremity movement analysis (lecture)

9:00 - 10:30       Video patient cases – development of intervention to achieve upper extremity goal stated by patient.

10:30 – 10:45  BREAK

10:45 – 12:00   UE Labs: Scapular mobilization, lateral weight shift, body-on-arm activation

12:00 – 12:30 LUNCH

12:30 – 2:00    Patient Treatment Session (ATTN Attendees and Missoula area PTs: We would like to talk to you about patient involvement. Please contact us at mapta@mapta.com)

2:00 – 3:15      Wrap-up/ Q & A 


For all course participants who live in the Missoula area, please let MAPTA know if you have a patient who may be able to participate in the patient treatment portion of this course on Day 2 of this course.  This will be an opportunity for all participants to gain more skills in movement analysis.  For the therapist treating a patient volunteer, your learning opportunity will be enhanced tenfold!  If you have a patient or know of a person who seems appropriate for a movement analysis analysis and treatment, please contact us to discuss.  Any patient with a Neurological or Orthopedic history, presenting with gait or movement impairments would be appropriate. 

About the Speaker

Beth Fisher PhD, PT, FAPTA is a professor of clinical physical therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology, Keck School of medicine at USC. Additionally, she is the director of the Neu-roplasticity and Imaging Laboratory (NAIL). The research at the NAIL aims to investigate brain-behavior relationships during motor skill learning and motor control in both non-disabled and brain-injured individ-uals using Transcranial magnetic stimulation. Prior to completing her PhD, she worked at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center on the Adult Neurology and Brain Injury Services and continues to consult and teach nationally and internationally on current concepts for the treatment of adults with neurological dis-orders. During her years as a clinician and rehabilitation specialist, it was her greatest ambition to be a part of developing physical therapy interventions that would maximize neural and behavioral recovery in individuals suffering from pathological conditions affecting the nervous system.

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