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ATSU Continuing Education

april, 2021

17apr1:00 pm4:00 pmShirley Sahrmann on Diagnostic Labels and Low Back Pain:Defining Physical Therapists’ Movement Expertise


Event Details

Online via Zoom *You will receive the zoom link to the course by April 15th via your RSVP’d email
United States

Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Cory Manton, PT, DPT
Karen Donahue, PT, DPT


Cory Manton

Cassie Reynolds

Course Description
The purpose of this program is to discuss the current status of diagnosis in the profession and
several other critical issues affecting education and practice. Since 1984 Physical Therapists
have been required to diagnose the patient’s condition. How is this requirement being fulfilled?
Should there be profession accepted labels as is expected from doctors? In 2015 the House of
Delegates passed a motion that movement system diagnoses be developed, but little information
is available about the criteria for the diagnoses and for accomplishing this objective. Similarly,
physical therapists are promoted as movement experts and criteria for such expertise needs to be
clarified. Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Cory Manton, PT, DPT, and Karen Donahue, PT,
DPT will discuss the topics of diagnosis and movement expertise. Please join us in this
discussion of important perspectives about how the profession can thrive and grow for the next
100 years.

Saturday, April 17
1:00-1:15pm Introduction to the program and the Movement System (Manton)
1:15-1:45pm Presentation of PTJ perspective paper (Sahrmann)
1:45-2:00pm Conceptual Models for the Management of Patients with LBP (Manton)
2:00-2:30pm Importance of a systematic lumbar spine examination (Donahue)
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45-3:00pm Movement System Diagnoses for Low Back Pain (Sahrmann)
3:00-3:30pm What are criteria for being a movement expert? (Sahrmann)
3:30 – 3:55 Discussion
3:55-4:00pm Concluding Remarks (Sahrmann)


Video: 100 Years of Physical Therapy: Where have we been and where are we going?
PT Journal Article: Defining Our Diagnostic Labels Will Help Define Our Movement Expertise and Guide Our Next 100 Years
PT Journal Podcast: Diagnostic Labels and Movement Expertise: An Author Interview with Dr. Shirley Sahrmann


Speaker Bio

Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Dr. Sahrmann is Professor Emeritus of Physical
Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. She received her
bachelors degree in Physical Therapy, masters and doctorate degrees in Neurobiology from
Washington University. She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical
Therapy Association and is a recipient of the Association’s Marion Williams Research Award,
the Lucy Blair Service Award, and the Kendall Practice award, the Inaugural John H.P. Maley
Lecture and Mary McMillan Lecture awards. Dr. Sahrmann has also received Washington
University’s Distinguished Faculty Award, the School of Medicine’s Inaugural Distinguished
Clinician Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. She has also
received the Bowling-Erhard Orthopedic Clinical Practice Award from the Orthopedic Section of
the APTA. She has served on the APTA Board of Directors and as president of the Missouri
Chapter. In addition to her numerous national and international presentations, Dr. Sahrmann has
been a keynote speaker at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, and at the Canadian,
Australian, New Zealand and Danish national congresses. Dr. Sahrmann’s research interests are
in development and validation of classification schemes for movement impairment syndromes as
well as in exercise based interventions for these syndromes. Her books, Diagnosis and Treatment
of Movement Impairment Syndromes and Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the
Cervical and Thoracic spines and the Extremities, describe the syndromes and methods of

Karen Donahue, PT, DPT Dr. Donahue received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from
Northern Arizona University in 1986, Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Washington
University in St. Louis in 1990 and doctorate in 2006.
For the past 30 years, Dr. Donahue has owned and operated OrthoSports Physical Therapy in the
greater Phoenix region. She is dedicated to research and has published several research articles in
the areas of: osteoporosis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), radicular lumbar symptoms
presenting as localized coccyx pain and plantarfasciitis.
Since 2009, Dr. Donahue has served the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy as the senior
investigator and compliance specialist and currently serves as the Executive Director.
Dr. Donahue has been active in the APTA and Arizona Physical Therapy Association since
1986. She has served on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2009 in various elected positions
including regional representative and Chief Delegate.

Cory Manton PT, DPT Dr. Manton is an assistant professor in physical therapy and the director
of the orthopedic physical therapy residency program. Dr. Manton received his doctor of
physical therapy degree from A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences in 2001. He holds a
bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in exercise science. Dr. Manton has over 19
years of physical therapy experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting. His teaching areas
include musculoskeletal conditions and therapeutic exercise. Dr. Manton’s research interests
include physical therapy management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and physical
therapy education.


3.0 contact hours or 0.3 CEUs

Instruction Level: Basic

Format: Online lecture and group discussion

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and PT/PTA Students



(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm AZ Time



Link emailed prior to start of course.



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