2019 SCHTA Course:


SCHTA Member Rates:
Friday only (Hand Course): $125 (includes lunch)

Friday & Saturday: $200 (Includes lunch for both days). Choices will include the following on the SCOTA website:
• 6. Hand Therapy Member Friday only Rate – $125.00
Includes lunch and CE credits for both days.
• 7. Hand Therapy Member Rate (Both Days) – $200.00
Includes lunch and CE credits for both days.
Please bring a yoga mat/exercise pad, tuning fork and stethoscope.
Registration method is on line at:
WEBSITE: http://schandtherapy.org which will link you to the SCOTA website.
David Morrissette PT, PhD, OCS, ATC, FAAOMPT

Graduated from the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. PhD in physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina. Teaches in the musculoskeletal curriculum in the Division of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Professions. Research interests are related to musculoskeletal impairments, particularly the management of lower back pain. Currently the site principle investigator for a study designed to determine methods to prevent acute lower back pain episodes from transitioning into chronic pain.


This course will provide the participant with coverage of clinical reasoning from the history and clinical examination for individuals with upper quarter dysfunction. Screening for involvement of the neck, scapulothoracic, acromioclavicular, glenohumeral, elbow, and peripheral nervous system regions will be
covered. Specific clinical tests for joint and muscle integrity will be covered and results related to treatment selection. Screening for potential pathology requiring a referral will also be included.

Learning Objectives:
At the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Perform aspects of a motivational interview, using results from the history to guide the clinical examination and treatment plan.
2. Perform an examination of the upper quarter to delineate involvement and/or dysfunction of:
The neck
• Upper thoracic region
• The nervous system (function and mobility)
• The shoulder girdle (scapulothoracic, acromioclavicular, and glenohumeral)
The elbow
• Soft tissue of the upper quarter, including muscle length tests
3. Design and implement a treatment plan for restricted mobility, muscle imbalance (motor control problems and length changes to muscle), weakness, and compromised joint integrity.
4. Describe the pathology and intervention for scapulothoracic dyskinesia, adhesive capsulitis, labral pathology (SLAP and Bankart), rotator cuff pathology/impingement, epicondalgia of the elbow, contractures of the elbow, and cervical radiculopathy.

8:00 – 8:45 Breakfast and Registration
8:45 – 10:00 Scapulothoracic biomechanics, examination, and treatment principles
10:15 – 12:00 Upper Quarter Screening Examination
o Cervical
o Scapular
o Elbow
o Wrist
o Hand
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch / Annual Meeting (vendors)
1:00 – 3:00 Myotomal testing/isometric provocation testing
Sensory testing (dermatomes/peripheral nerve)
Muscle length testing
3:14-4:45 Joint accessory motion and manipulation of the elbow

Agenda subject to change. Updated agendas will be provided at registration *

SCHTA Annual Business Meeting will be held during lunch. All participants are invited to participate.

HOTEL and Course Location
North Charleston Marriott
Address: 4770 Goer Dr, North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 747-1900


2016:  The Course: Comprehensive Clinical & Applied Approach to the Hand and Upper Quarter was held Saturday February 27, 2016 in Greenville, SC and was a big success! Pictures from the event are below. A big thank you to all of our attendees and sponsors of the course.  



2017:  Anatomical Review, Surgical Techniques and Therapeutic Taping of the Elbow to Hand with Review of Treatment for UE Amputations and Prosthetics was held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Columbia SC.  We had a great time and learned a lot.  Thank you to our sponsors, attendees and speakers!  Check out photos from the day below.