Introduction to Shoulder Dysfunctions

UE Track Courses

Course Description

3 Education Hours Online

Improve your clinical confidence with the shoulder by viewing four different online lectures taught by Dr. Ann Porretto-Loehrke PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT which aim to increase the understanding of the pathoanatomy of most common glenohumeral musculoskeletal conditions such as adhesive capsulitis, glenohumeral impingement and instability.  Therapists will identify the difference in clinical presentation among patients with different stages of adhesive capsulitis, external and internal impingement and types of instability.

Target Audience: PT, OT, PTA, OTA, CHT, OTR, DPT.
Educational Level: Basic

COURSE OUTLINE -Introduction to Shoulder Dysfunctions

Instructional Method

Our live courses are made up of lectures that are taught through audiovisual systems (Power Point / Keynote), and all course information is sent to participants before the starting day of the actual course for further review and discussion. The hands-on section is carried out through demonstration of techniques performed by the instructors, and then replicated by the participants under instructors’ supervision, guidance, and feedback. The hands-on section is evaluated by the instructors using an observable skills rubric.

Objectives and Goals

At the end of the course, participants will:

1) Describe the relevant anatomy of the shoulder and how dysfunction can contribute to adhesive capsulitis, shoulder impingement, and instability.

2) Classify the 2 types of adhesive capsulitis and verbalize which type responds more favorably to manual techniques.

3) Explain the difference in clinical presentation between external impingement (subacromial pain syndrome) and internal impingement.

4) Differentiate between the types of shoulder instability and the one that responds best to conservative management.

5) Examine common occupational performance deficits and client barriers to functional activities with the various shoulder conditions.

Pre-approved in the following states

Contact to verify approval in your state. Please contact us if you hold a Florida license.

For Pre-Approvals see the PDF - Continuing Education Accreditations & Approvals Requested and/or Received by Organization: PDF File

  • Financial: The instructor(s) receive an honorarium for presenting this course.
  • Non-financial: The instructor(s) have no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
  • Partial credit is not available. For online courses, passing module assessments and completing the course evaluation is required to earn continuing education credit. For live courses, attendance is confirmed by signing the attendance sheet at the course; ensure name and professional license number are accurate, and initial both morning and afternoon attendance.


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