Fellows-Only Weekend Intensive

Modern Management for Common Conditions of the Lower Extremity

Location: Washington, D.C.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center (PHC), 3rd Floor

Washington, D.C., 20007

Date: June 8-9, 2024


  • Bellin College FiTs = FREE (20 spots)

  • External Spots = $500 (only 6 spots)

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About the weekend intensive:

Course Description

It is not lost on you that it is common to treat individuals with common lower extremity conditions such as osteoarthritis (OA), femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), tendinopathies at the knee, ankle, and foot, but are you following a comprehensive, evidence-informed approach?  The goal of this lab-based course is to review evidence-based evaluative and treatment techniques that can be utilized for those presenting with common conditions of the lower extremity.  Learners will learn how to differentiate the pain mechanisms involved with these conditions as well as determine if the lumbar spine is contributing to lower extremity symptoms.  The course will focus on an evaluation and intervention approach grounded in a biopsychosocial and signs and symptoms reasoning model using manual therapy and exercise to empower people to reach their goals.


An eclectic approach combining evidence-informed examination and intervention techniques involving specific exercise prescription, tendon neuropathic training, manual therapy techniques and pain education.

Appropriate Dress

Lab attire that allows for the ability to perform lifting movements of the lower extremity and trunk.


Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Differentiate different common musculoskeletal conditions of the lower extremity including hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA), femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)/hip labral pathology, patellofemoral pain syndrome, and gluteal, hamstring, Achilles, and posterior tibialis tendinopathies.
  2. Perform various evidence-informed evaluative techniques of the lumbopelvic and lower extremity region.
  3. Perform various evidence-informed manual therapy techniques targeting the lower extremity.
  4. Develop exercises that target strength and motor control performance.
  5. Discuss a reasoning framework for the dosage of manual therapy and exercise in people with lower extremity conditions.
Contact hours / CCU credits requested

16 hours

Note: Participants will be responsible for submitting proof of attendance for CEU verification. Bellin College will be seeking CEU verification for this course.

Day 1
7:30 – 8:00 am Registration
8:00 – 9:00 AM Intake, History, Screening, Physical Exam
9:00 AM – Noon Hip Examination and Intervention
Noon – 1 PM Break
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Hip Intervention (Exercise/Manual)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Round Robin I, Wrap up, Discussion, Q&A
Day 2:
8:00 – 9:00 AM Round Robin II
9:00 – Noon Lower quarter neural dynamics, knee examination
Noon – 1 PM Break
1 PM – 4 PM Knee intervention, ankle/foot examination and intervention
4 PM – 5 PM Round Robin III, Wrap up, Discussion
Course Instructor Bio

Mark Shepherd: Mark H. Shepherd is a physical therapist who holds both a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) and a Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy (DSc). He is board certified in orthopaedics (OCS) and is fellowship trained in orthopaedic manual physical therapy (FAAOMPT). He is the program director of Bellin College’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Program and serves as an Associate Professor in the Bellin College DPT program. Dr. Shepherd has over 10 peer reviewed articles and presented at both state and national conferences. He continues to practice in clinical care in the state of Maryland in the Johns Hopkins Health System.


Please contact Mark Shepherd at PhysicalTherapy@bellincollege.edu or (920) 433-6628. 

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