Orthopedic and Muscle Testing for the Acupuncturist - Course 3

Tests for the Lower Extremity

In this course, we will discuss orthopedic and muscle tests of the knee, ankle, and foot.

Derrick McBride
Derrick McBride
Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves

Course Overview

This course will provide the acupuncturist with the clinical skills to test for orthopedic conditions appropriately and accurately. The orthopedic and manual muscle tests selected for this training are easy to implement for any acupuncturist. And they are relevant to the clinic environment, regardless of previous orthopedic background. The instructors, Derrick McBride and Whitfield Reaves, believe understanding the anatomical nature of orthopedic conditions is the first step to precisely treating pain and injuries.


These courses are organized to be viewed in order, as an entire series Orthopedic and Muscle Testing for the Acupuncturist. We strongly recommend that the practitioner complete the courses of this series from beginning to end.


In Course 3, Derrick McBride lectures on the proper way to perform the test and possible positive findings for each test. High definition videos of each test are used to demonstrate. Helpful tips on positioning, cueing, and other clinical tricks to ensure reliable testing conditions are emphasized. The instructor often comments on clinical relevancy and real-life applications, especially for the Acupuncturist.


Course 3 covers Orthopedic and Muscle Tests of the Lower Extremity. The following topics are covered:


1. Knee Structural Tests

2. Common Knee Inflammatory Conditions

3. Knee Musculature

4. Ankle Structural Tests

5. Foot Inflammatory Conditions

6. Range of Motion Testing for the Great Toe

7. Ankle Musculature

8. Lower Extremity Movement Assessments


Whitfield Reaves' series Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain covers in depth techniques for treatment of the conditions. Students should consider using these series together for a complete understanding of assessment and treatment of orthopedic conditions. Courses 7, 8, and 9 of Whitfield's Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain correspond to the topics covered in this course, the Lower Extremity.


  • Participants will understand how orthopedic and muscle testing should be utilized in an acupuncture setting. An in depth knowledge of when to perform the different tests and how that can help drive treatment strategy will be emphasized.

  • Participants will feel comfortable with appropriate positioning and cuing for all tests covered. Specific instructions on how to best instruct the patient to produce force or resist force given the test, will be explicitly outlined.

  • Participants will be able to accurately and effectively conduct orthopedic and muscle testing for the upper extremity. The student will be taught the tests using verbal instruction, written instruction, and visual instruction.


  • 0 hrs - 1 hrs

    The first section begins with an introduction of orthopedic and muscle tests. Then orthopedic testing for the patellofemoral joint, Illiotibial Band, and knee ligaments is covered.

  • 1 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Muscle tests for the knee including the rectus femoris, biceps femoris, semitendinosis, and semimenbranosis are covered. Proper positioning and methods for completing the tests is emphasized.

  • 1.5 hrs - 2 hrs

    Orthopedic tests for the ankle and foot including the anterior drawer, talar tilt tests, morton's test, and big toe mobility are covered. Proper positioning and methods for completing the tests is emphasized.

  • 2 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    Muscle tests for the ankle including the anterior tibialis, posterior tibialis, peroneals, soleus, and gastrocnemius are covered. Proper positioning and methods for completing the tests is emphasized.

  • 2.5 hrs - 3 hrs

    An introduction to some basic movement patterns including closed chain ankle dorsiflexion, pronation, supination, and subtalar joint positioning are covered. Proper positioning and methods for completing the tests is emphasized.

  • 3 hrs - 3.5 hrs

    Review additional comments and corrections to topics covered in the previous tests. A review of all the tests is conducted.


  • JOSH Z. (United States of America)

    I can't think of a more comprehensive overview of muscle and orthopedic testing for the beginning or curious practitioner of body therapy arts.


I can't think of a more comprehensive overview of muscle and orthopedic testing for the beginning or curious practitioner of body therapy arts.

JOSH Z. (United States of America)


Derrick McBride

Derrick McBride is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a private practice in Denver, CO. He specializes in bringing orthopedic testing, muscle testing, movement assessments, and corrective exercise programming in a systematic, digestible, and clinically effective way.

Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 40 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and countless other sport competitions since. He is an author, he teaches internationally as well.


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    Approved By: California [Until 2025/04/18]* (3.5), NCCAOM (3.5), Florida (3.5), Standard Certificate (3.5)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 3.5 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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