Seminar Series

Seminar Series

Guidelines-based Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders using Manual Therapy, Movement Reeducation, and Exercise

The Cardon Center for Continuing Education 
Cardon Rehabilitation and Medical Equipment Ltd Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Please note: Registration is open to Physical Therapists. 


 This seminar series aims to train physical therapists in the skills required to implement the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy's Clinical Practice Guidelines at a high level. All participants are provided with interactive digital learning tools to prepare them with the knowledge of the clinical guidelines before attending the seminars. Participants will also be encouraged to take and pass the AOPT’s CPG Knowledge Competency Examination before the 12 days of this hands-on skill-building seminar series. The pre-session online knowledge components enable the in-person sessions to be 12 days of fast-paced, high-level skill-building.

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  • Joe Godges, DPT
    • Dr. Godges has over 30 years of experience providing lab instruction and clinical mentoring for orthopaedic and sports physical therapy residents, as well as for manual therapy, movement science, and spine fellows in programs for Kaiser Permanente and the University of Southern California. Dr. Godges began his PT training as an officer in the US Army. Then, he attained certification as a manual therapist, Rolfer, and PNF practitioner. Dr. Godges' professional development also included receiving his MA in counseling psychology.
    • From 2008 to 2017, Dr. Godges was the coordinator and editor of the AOPT/JOSPT’s ICF-based Clinical Practice Guidelines. He has also served terms on the Orthopaedic Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, on the APTA’s Committee on Clinical Residency and Fellowship Credentialing, and the AOPT and JOSPT Board of Directors. Dr. Godges was among the first 26 clinical specialists in orthopaedic physical therapy, certified initially in 1989. He attained his third OCS recertification in 2019. 


Session Month Days  Days of the Week  Topics
1 April 12th, 13th & 14th, 2024 Fri/Sat/Sun Low Back & Pelvis 
2 April 15th, 16th, & 17th 2024 Mon/Tue/Wed Hip, Knee, Ankle & Foot
3 October 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2024 Fri/Sat/Sun Neck & Thorax
4 October 7th, 8th, 9th, 2024 Mon/Tue/Wed Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist & Hand

Registration Fees:

*Member includes: APTA, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and International PT Association Members*

  Number of Sessions Price 
Member All-Four Sessions (12-Days) $2,000
  One Session (3-Days) $600
Non-Member All-Four Sessions (12-Days) $2,500
  One Session (3-Days) $700

The Registration Fees Include: 

  • Access to the AOPT/PhysioU’s CPG Interactive Learning Modules, Integrated Clinical Decision Trees, handouts summarizing the seminar’s content, videos of the procedures covered in the seminars, and multiple apps with guidelines-related movement analysis, exercise progressions, and case simulations.

Course Overview:

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Course Breakdown:

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  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3  
Session 1:
Low Back
Pelvic Girdle / Clinical Reasoning using the ICF  Lumbar Spine / Low Back Examination - demystified  Lumbopelvic Region / Low Back Pain - diagnosis and management  Register For Session 1 Here
Session 2:
Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot
Buttock & Hip / Observational Gait Analysis  Thigh & Knee / Integrating Manual Therapy and Movement  Leg, Ankle & Foot / Lower Quarter Gait Biomechanics  Register for Session 2 Here
Session 3:
Neck and Thorax
Thoracic Spine & Ribs / Management of Mobility Deficits  Thoracic & Cervical Spine / Neck Pain - diagnosis and management  Cervical Spine / Manual Therapy and Exercise for Cervicogenic Headache  Register for Session 3 Here
Session 4: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Shoulder Girdle / Shoulder Pain - diagnosis and management  Shoulder / Management of Movement Coordination Impairments  Elbow, Forearm, Wrist, and Hand / Counseling Strategies to Enhance Self-efficacy  Register for Session 4 Here
Register For ALL 4 Sessions Here!