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Orthopedic assessment for the shoulder.

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Welcome to Orhtopedic Assessment. As well as all the lessons listed below(over four and a half hours of video footage)- this class also includes access to our 3d anatomy viewer which allows you to rotate the body and view 120 muscles and 100 bones with detailed info on each.


Introduction to Orthopedic Assessment

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Length: 14 minutesComplexity: Standard

Positional release introduction

This lesson describes the theory behind the assessment techniques, and what exactly certain symptom indicate. He discusses general evaluation techniques and introduces basic tests

Anatomy Viewer for Orthopedic Assessment

As part of this course, you have access to our 3d anatomy viewer. Click a label to view a muscle. Click anywhere else to rotate the model. Click/hold and drag right or left to control rotation. There are 5 stops where the labels are clickable. The bottom right graphic shows you where you are. Search […]

Ankle 1 subjective

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Standard

ankle subjective assessment

This lesson shows how to perform a subjective evaluation on the ankle. This includes which questions to ask, for example; How far do you walk each day? Have you recently changed your shoes? Have you had any surgeries? Where is your pain located? Have you had any sprains?

Ankle 2 observation

Length: 6 minutesComplexity: Standard

ankle observation for orthopedic assessment

This lesson shows how to observe knee position, high/low arch, standing habits, symmetry, swelling, tendon angle, dorsiflexion, plantar flexion, inversion and eversion.

Ankle 3 tests

Length: 7 minutesComplexity: Standard

Orthopedic assessment for the ankle

This lesson demonstrates strength testing for dorsiflexion, inversion, eversion, and plantar flexion. It also shows passive ROM testing for these same motion, plus the anterior drawer test

Ankle 4 palpation

Length: 12 minutesComplexity: Standard

ankle strength and length testing

This lesson shows how to palpate the ankle including the malleolus, for bunions, achilles’ tendon, plantar fascia, perennial tendons, lateral ligaments, high tibial sprain, flexor tendons, and the deltoid ligament as well as a joint evaluation. Also included is information on degrees of injury.

Knee 1 subjective

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Standard

subjective assessment of the knee

This lesson includes questions you can ask the client. Does it hurt climbing a stair, stepping off a curb? Does it hurt while sitting, is there weakness or swelling, does the pain move? Any grinding. Alan discusses what each of these answers means.

Knee 2 observation

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Standard

Orthopedic assessment of the knee

This is a knee inspection. Looking at any swelling outside or inside the swelling, is the musculature atrophied? Examine knee cap for crepitus, evaluate knee extension for hamstring tightness.

Knee 3 tests

Length: 20 minutesComplexity: Standard

anterior cruciate ligaments

This lesson covers flexor and extensor strength testing, passive flexion and extension testing, medial and lateral collateral ligament testing, drawer test, Lachman’s test, McMurray’s test, femoral nerve test and observing the patellar orientation.

Knee 4 palpation

Length: 9 minutesComplexity: Standard

Palpation of the peroneal nerve

This lesson shows how to palpate for dysfunction the following structures: Gurdy’s tubercle, pez anserine, joint line, patellar tendon, popliteal fossa, hamstring muscles, gastrocnemius, peroneal nerve, fibular head, quadriceps.

Hip 1 observation

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

posterior hip evaluation

This lesson demonstrates how to observe the hips. Alan shows how to evaluate the following structures: anterior symmetry, ASIS level, iliac crests, pelvic tilt, hip contour, lumbar curve, PSIS, flexion test, posterior symmetry, arm swing, hip sway, push, forward swing, hip flexion, hip rotation.

Hip 2 tests

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

Hip testing

This lesson covers passive hip flexion, rotation and abduction plus strength testing for flexion, extension and abduction. Alan then discusses what each test means.

Hip 3 special tests

Length: 9 minutesComplexity: Standard

special hip assessment

This lesson demonstrates special tests specific to the hip. This includes: Ober’s test, Thomas test, straight leg raise, grind test, sacrotuberous ligmament test, and the distraction test.

Hip 4 palpation

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

3 muscle locations to assess

This lesson shows palpation examination for the following structures in the hip. The iliopsoas tendon, rectus femoris, tensor fascia latae, greater trochanter, abductor group, joint spring test, coccyx.

Spine 1 anatomy and observation

Length: 9 minutesComplexity: Standard

Observe spinal curve

In this lesson Alan demonstrates how evaluate shoulder height, ASIS level, spinal curve from the back and side, forward bending, extension, side bending and rotation.

Spine 2 tests

Length: 29 minutesComplexity: Standard

Orthopedic assessment for the lumbar spine

This lesson covers function strength testing for the lumbar spine, including flexion, rotation, extension, and lateral flexion. Also covered are reflex testing for L3 and 4, tibias strength for L4, Big toe extensor strength for L5, everter strength for S1, the slump test, upper and lower abdominal strength testing, straight leg raise, mobility testing for extension and rotation, thoracic spring testing, Si joint spring testing, femoral nerve test and how to test for vertebral positioning.

Spine 3 palpation

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Standard

Orthopedic assessment for the psoas

In this lesson, Alan demonstrates palpation of the erectors, interspinous ligament, iliolumbar ligament, fibrositic nodules, gluteus medius, piriformis, quadratus lumborum and the psoas.

Shoulder 1 subjective

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Standard

Orthopedic assessment of the shoulder

In this lesson discusses how to talk to the client about their experience of their shoulder. He discusses signs of rotator cuff impingement, bicipital inflammation and anterior instability, as well as talking to the client about dislocations, scars, medication, pain at night, or pain that is traveling (into the neck or down the arm) for possible nerve issues.

Shoulder 2 observation

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

Scapular winging assessment

During the objective section of shoulder evaluation, Alan demonstrates how to evaluate shoulder height, trapezius muscularity comparison, ACL step off, deltoid muscular comparison, shoulder anterior-posterior position, infraspinatus muscularity comparison, rhomboid tension comparison, and ROM for forward flexion, abduction, external rotation, internal rotation and shoulder girdle ROM for all motions.

Shoulder 3 tests

Length: 7 minutesComplexity: Standard

Orthopedic assessment for the shoulder

This lesson demonstrates strength testing for forward flexion, external rotation, internal rotation, abduction and the deltoid sensory nerve test.

Shoulder 4 special tests

Length: 18 minutesComplexity: Standard

dislocation test

This lesson covers special testing including the empty can test, crank test, biceps tendon test, passive movement in forward flexion, rotation, and abduction. Alan also covers the impingement test, hawkin’s maneuver, distraction test, relocation test, global stability test, radial nerve test and median nerve test.

Shoulder 5 palpation

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Standard

Shoulder orthopedic assessment

Alan shows how to palpate the clavicle, acromioclavicular joint, coracoid process, the joint line and subacromial bursa, biceps tendon, deltoid muscle, posterior rotator cuff muscles, supraspinatus tendon

Neck 1 subjective

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

Neck lateral shift assessment

This lesson demonstrates how to evaluate the neck by looking at shoulder position, lateral tilt, lateral shift, head forward, active flexion, active rotation, side bending, shoulder elevation, shoulder flexion and TMJ range of motion.

Neck 2 tests

Length: 9 minutesComplexity: Standard

Orthopedic assessment for the neck

This lesson demonstrates strength testing for flexion, extension, side bending, and rotation, as well how how to grade for strength. Alan also shows how to perform strength testing for scapular elevation and flexion as well as TMJ strength.

Neck 3 special tests

Length: 19 minutesComplexity: Standard

dermatomes in the arm

This lesson shows how to perform the quadrant test, the distraction test, the compression test, adson’s test, reflex testing, neurological strength testing, sensory nerve signs and the vertebral artery test. He also discusses various dermatomes and which vertebrae they relate to.

Neck 4 palpation

Length: 16 minutesComplexity: Standard

Orthopedic assessment for the neck

This lesson demonstrates how to use palpation to discover issues in the posterior musculature, scalenes, SCM, subboccipitals, TMJ, facet joints, atlas, axis, and the atlanto-occipital joint. He also shows techniques to free facet joint restriction.


Length: 19 minutesComplexity: Easy

This lesson shows how to evaluate the elbow for swelling, scars, carrying angle, atrophy and the ability to flex, extend, pronate and supinate. Then it covers strength testing, passive ROM testing, ligament testing, Tinel sign and the test for tennis elbow.