Joseph Donnelly, PT, DHSc, OCS

Course Location:
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital – University Campus
3599 University Blvd S. Jacksonville, Florida 32216

Course Description:
This 50+hour seminar course will focus on the application of clinical reasoning and pain sciences in the management of patients with acute and persistent musculoskeletal pain integrating trigger point dry needling. Emphasis will be placed on diagnostic and intervention strategies to manage patient outcomes effectively and efficiently for patients with trigger points contributing to spine and extremity pain and dysfunction.

Primary Course Objective:
Integrate pain sciences into the collaborative clinical reasoning model as a theoretical construct for Dry Needling to improve efficacy of patient/client management for common conditions caused by muscle trigger points (TrP).

Additional Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course the PT participants will be able to:

  • Apply pain sciences within the framework of clinical reasoning to make informed decisions regarding dry needling
    and manual therapy interventions.
  • Apply the clinical reasoning process to understand the role of muscle trigger points and benefit of dry needling in
    effective management of a patient with complex pain reports.
  •  Discuss absolute/relative contraindications and precautions for dry needling techniques for muscles covered in this
  • Integrate TrP assessment and interventions into the orthopaedic examination based on collaborative clinical
    reasoning, pain sciences and evidence informed practice.
  • Demonstrate competence in OSHA blood borne pathogens and sharps handling and disposal.
  • Discuss the indications for various types of manual therapy interventions for myofascial pain and dysfunction
    based on evaluation of examination findings.
  • Discuss the relationships between myofascial pain and dysfunction, pain sciences and clinical reasoning as it
    relates to activity limitations and participation restrictions.
  • Describe and identify endangerment zones in the spine, upper and lower extremities to guide safe performance of
    dry needling techniques.
  • Discuss the relevant clinical practice guidelines for orthopedic spine and extremity conditions.
  • Apply diagnostic and management strategies of the clinical reasoning model to effectively and efficiently manage
    patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate competence in dry needling interventions for the appendicular and axial muscles.


Course Dates

  • Part 1: April 12th – 14th, 2024
  • Part 2: May 17th – 19th, 2024

* Must attend both part 1 and 2 to receive full contact hours.

Contact Hours:
This course has been approved for 52 contact hours by the following boards:
• Florida Physical Therapy Association

Continuing Education credit for each participant who meets the satisfactory course completion requirements (licensed in FL) will be automatically uploaded to CE Broker, which means the Florida Boards will have record of your attendance, even if you do not have your own personal CE Broker account. Course certificates will be provided at the completion of the course for those that meet the course completion requirements. Certificates will be mailed for courses that include a post-course test.

Intended Audience:
The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for Physical Therapist (PT) designations only.

Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details at If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email
and we will be happy to help clarify!

If you are a Brooks Clinician and want to pay by cost center, please fill out this registration form and return the check and form to the Brooks IHL.

Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course in order to receive the most benefit from the course, and to earn all of the CEUs for the course. This includes attending all 6 sessions from start to finish.

Satisfactory Course Completion:
Full course attendance (including signing the attendance sheet each day), performance demonstrations and question and answer session.

Course Evaluation/Survey:
Within 48 hours of course completion, you will receive a post course survey. The IHL values your feedback and we thank you in advance for taking the survey.