7 Contact Hours

Shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal disorder behind neck and back pain. Shoulder pain can originate from different sources and causes, and because different types of pain can call for drastically different treatment strategies, therapist must be able to evaluate and identify the origin of the pain. This course provides a brief, but thorough, discussion of the anatomy, diagnoses, evaluation tips, pathology, timelines, nonoperative and operative treatment, precautions, concerns, discussions with clients about the injury and exercise, as well as clinical “Pearls” and “Tips from the Field” for each of the following five shoulder condition: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)/Brachial Plexopathy, Proximal Humerus Fracture, Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capulites, Glenohumeral Instability, and Rotator Cuff Disease (RC). Course includes three case studies detailing evaluation, treatment and results of various conditions.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Contact Hours: 7

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical reasoning and treatment guidelines for common diagnoses of the upper extremity (2007)" Edited by Cynthia Cooper, MFA, MA, OTR/L, CHT - Copyright 2009 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

  1. Identify the anatomical features of the shoulder
  2. Identify the most common shoulder diagnoses and indicators.
  3. Outline the nonsurgical plan of treatment for each diagnosis.
  4. Identify precautions in treatment for each diagnosis.
  5. Discuss the timeline for recovery or maximum restoration of function.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Treating Common Shoulder Diagnosis

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3. Coursework - Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Treating Common Shoulder Diagnosis

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4. Course Final and Survey - Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Treating Common Shoulder Diagnosis

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion