Orthopedic Assessment


Orthopedic Assessment Testing is a 2-day hands-on workshop that aims to sharpen essential Clinical Orthopedic assessment and treatment skills, thereby strengthening your level of critical thinking and effectiveness of practice. 16-17 June 2018 in Sydney.

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Product Description

Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT): Orthopedic Assessment Testing is a 2-day hands-on workshop offered by Dr. Joe Muscolino. The goal of the Intensive Skillset Certification is to reinforce and sharpen essential COMT assessment and treatment skills, thereby strengthening your level of critical thinking and effectiveness of practice.

Orthopedic assessment testing is essential to clinical orthopedic manual therapy because it empowers the therapist/trainer to determine the underlying cause of the client’s condition, which is critical to being able to choose the most effective treatment approach. Orthopedic assessment tools include the three fundamental orthopedic assessment tests: active range of motion, passive range of motion, and manual resistance. They also include a myriad of specific orthopedic assessment tests developed for specific conditions. Examples include Phalen’s test, Prayer test, and Tinel’s sign for carpal tunnel syndrome; Adson’s, Eden’s and Wright’s tests for thoracic outlet syndrome, foraminal compression test, maximal foraminal compression test, and cervical distraction test for cervical spinal nerve impingement conditions (such as bulging or herniated discs), and other tests such as Thomas, Ober’s, and Finklestein’s tests, Straight Leg Raise, as well as many more.

During the workshop, we will practice and perfect most of the major orthopedic assessment tests that are essential for manual therapists. We will also explain how and why the tests are performed, critically reasoning through the underlying mechanism of each test so that the tests will be understood instead of having to memorize them.
This workshop will build mastery and confidence in your ability to employ orthopedic assessment tests, which will build your confidence in determining appropriate and effective treatment strategies for your clients. Coupling the mastery of orthopedic assessment with the mastery of treatment skills will lift your clinical orthopedic manual therapy practice to a new level!


AMT, ATMS, MAA accredited CPE/CEU

Date & Location

Sydney, 16-17 June 2018, 9 am to 6 pm every day

Venue:  70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction. Map

About Joe

Dr. Joe Muscolino is a licensed chiropractic physician and has been a massage therapy educator for more than 25 years, with extensive experience in teaching kinesiology and musculoskeletal assessment and technique classes. Dr. Muscolino has authored 8 major publications with Mosby of Elsevier Science, including the best selling The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual , Kinesiology, and The Muscular System Manual. He also writes the column article “body mechanics” for the AMTA’s massage therapy journal, AMT, AAMT, and Massage Australia.


Joe Muscolino is a master of his profession! His broad knowledge on the human body and extensive experience made the workshops interesting and engaging. The topics were delivered with enthusiasm and great clarity. His instructions were easy to follow and understand and he always had time to check on everyone’s hands-on work. Joe is definitely one of the most genuine teachers I’ve come across. I would highly recommend his workshops to any body-worker. I, myself, can’t wait for the next one!” Zuzana G.,  Sydney.

After having read one of Joe’s books, I was encouraged to attend his workshops for deep tissue massage, stretching and joint mobilisation for the neck and low back & pelvis. I had been trying to find a workshop like this to update and add to my skills for some time. Joe’s teaching method is methodical, full of valuable information, with hands on training and teaching. Bad postural and massage habits I had developed were corrected making my massage techniques more effective with less effort. There was a very friendly and open atmosphere, and Joe was open to seeing the students techniques as well. The education was invaluable and worth every cent. I would highly recommend Joe’s workshops to anyone wanting to improve and add more to their skills. I look forward to future workshops.” Lauren S., Balmain, NSW.

I was impressed with the workshops for a number of reasons – firstly, each point was clear, easy to understand and well supported with factual reason. Secondly, it was very hands-on so that each point was reinforced immediately with Joe getting to each table to fine-tune or compliment. Finally, Joe’s persona was engaging, friendly and thoroughly authoritative. I learnt a number of new treatment techniques and looked at ones I have used for some time from a different angle. All well worthwhile.” Julian W., Melbourne.

Terms and Conditions

  • Workshop sizes are limited and reservations will be accepted in the order in which they are received.


  • Refund with $50 admin fee, if cancellation is notified at least 6 weeks before the workshop
  • 50% Refund if cancellation is notified 3 weeks or later before the workshop
  • Non-refundable if cancellation is notified 2 weeks (or later) before the workshop
  • Full refund if we, for any reason, cancel a workshop.