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Prof. Paolo Sanzo

Associate Professor at Lakehead University



Dr. Paolo Sanzo is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Lakehead University and the Director and Physiotherapist at Active Potential Rehabilitation Services.  He is also an instructor and chief examiner for the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Dr. Sanzo was the elected past Member Organization Delegate for Canada and was appointed to the executive of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists in October 2017. His research interests are in the area of rehabilitation and sports medicine.  More specifically, his research integrates the clinical, biomechanical, and physiological aspects of human movement and gait analysis.  It also includes the exploration of the medical and clinical uses and effects of extracorporeal shockwave therapy as it applies to failed tendon and bone healing responses; the clinical application and rationale for the use of therapeutic taping and bracing as an adjunct to rehabilitation and sport performance measures; the biomechanical analysis of concussion and clinical trials exploring various assessment and treatment techniques; manual therapy and length tension testing and the relationships between muscle and myofascial tissues in various musculoskeletal disorders; and the integration of medical technologies for both assessment and treatment purposes. He has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals, authored four books on length tension testing techniques in the upper and lower quadrants, and serves as a reviewer for several journal titles.

Meet Prof. Paolo Sanzo

24 February 2023

(14:00 pm-14:30 pm)

Keynote presentation

23 February 2023

(9:00 am-13:30 pm)

Hands on Workshop

An Integrated and Evidence Informed Clinical Reasoning Approach to the Use of Manual Therapy and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in Lower Quadrant Musculoskeletal Disorders

Workshop Title: 

The Integration of Manual Therapy and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in the Assessment and Treatment of Foot Disorders.

Workshop Objectives:

Using a case-based teaching method, at the completion of this workshop participants will become familiar with:

  • Using an evidence-informed clinical reasoning approach to assess the articular contributions to heel pain using manual therapy techniques in the rearfoot (talocrural and subtalar), midfoot (calcaneocuboid and talonavicular), and forefoot (1st tarsometatarsal, metatarsophalangeal, and interphalangeal) joints.

  • Evaluating the length tension properties of the myofascial structures including the gastrocnemius, soleus, peroneal, tibialis posterior, and flexor muscles of the foot to determine if we are dealing with increased tone or true shortening.

  • Evaluating the neural structures and abnormal pathomechanics in the sural, peroneal, tibial, and plantar nerves.

  • Evaluating the vascular(venous and arterial) supply to the foot.

  • Evaluating and differentially diagnosing any other visceral sources or pathologies that may be contributing to the patient’s foot and ankle pain, and Determining the mechanism of involvement and most appropriate integrated treatment approach to the patient’s foot and ankle complaint including the use of manual therapy techniques, exercise, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy and the most appropriate parameters and dosages, when appropriate.


 Workshop Fee :

A- Conference Attendees:

B- Non- Conference Attendees:

1. Individual Registration: : Early Bird: 90 USD- Late: 100 USD

2. Group Registration: Early Bird: 75 USD- Late: 90 USD

1. Individual Registration: : 150 USD- Late: 175 USD

2. Group Registration: Early Bird: 125 USD- Late: 150 USD

Online payment

Early Bird Registration Until 1st of February 2023

 Conference Attendees Individual Registration

90 USD

Conference Attendees Group Registration(+3)

75 USD

 Non-conference Attendees Individual Registration

150 USD

Non- conference Attendees Group Registration(+3)

125 USD

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