Movement System Impairment Syndromes Courses

Our Movement System Impairment Syndromes (MSI) courses offer the opportunity to learn how to properly observe, identify, and treat impairments of the movement system.


The MSI syndromes were developed by Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD and her colleagues. These syndromes are described in her books, Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes and Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spine.

Our MSI courses teach you to identify faulty alignment, movement patterns, and muscle imbalances using observation of movement as well as muscle length and strength testing. You will also learn how to alleviate and prevent mechanical musculoskeletal pain through treatment focused on the restoration of optimal alignment and appropriate movement patterns.

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Introductory Course (January)

This 3-day introductory course provides instruction in the concepts and application of the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of movement system impairment syndromes. The neuromusculoskeletal adaptations associated with these syndromes are also discussed. Participants receive instruction and supervised practice with the specific tests that constitute the movement examination in each specific region, and learn how to integrate the results of the tests to determine a diagnosis. Content on the upper and lower quarter are taught in alternative years.

Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Low Back, Hip, and Knee: Fundamental Concepts and Application will be held on January 14-16, 2017. Washington University reserved a block of rooms at The Parkway Hotel, Sheraton Plaza Hotel and Holiday Inn Express- Central West End

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View the January 2017 Course Agenda

Advanced Course (October)

The advanced four-day application course is offered only to physical therapists and physicians. This course provides concentrated lab time supervised by Washington University Faculty. You will have the opportunity to examine a patient with a faculty member in a semi-private setting. Content on the upper and lower extremities are taught in alternative years.

The Advanced course will be offered September 30, October 1,2 and 3, 2017

Enrollment for Advanced Movement System Impairment Syndromes (Lower Quarter) opens on July 1. Please check back on that date to register for the October 2017 Advanced Course. 

After completing this course, you will be able to conduct a movement-based examination, determine a MSI diagnosis based on the examination results, and apply movement system concepts to prescribe a treatment program.