Shoulder Disorders

Donald Earley, OTD, MA, OTR

Shoulder Disorders

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Course Highlights

  • Conservative rehab approaches which restore optimal shoulder biomechanics and pain-free motion
  • Incorporation of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) into treatment plans
  • 4 vital exercise programs and approaches for impingement, tissue lesions, tears, and capsular restrictions
  • Rehabilitation for the various phases of shoulder impingement syndrome, rotator cuff, adhesive capsulitis, bicipital tendonitis, AC joint sprains, labral injuries, andthoracic outlet syndrome
  • "Bottom up" and "top down" recovery strategies to manage shoulder and upper quadrant dysfunction
  • Cuff and capsular tissue elongation strategies for theposterior, inferior, and anterior shoulder complex
  • Interactive labs and case studies of shoulder problemsand dysfunction

Additional Info

With the CDC reporting more than 13 million Americans seeking medical treatment annually, shoulder dysfunction is one of the most pervasive orthopedic conditions attended to by clinicians. However, due to the complex nature of the joint and surrounding soft tissue, treating the pain and disability of upper quadrant musculoskeletal disorders presents a challenge to even the most experienced therapists. Withchanges in health care and third-party reimbursement, therapists must be proactive and adequately trained in the provision of services related to the rotator cuff, impingement syndrome, idiopathic adhesive capsulitis, and other less common impairments. In the era of evidence-based treatment and client-centered care, treatment approaches and good clinical reasoning skills must be employed to treat these conditions effectively and efficiently.

The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to assist the clinician, therapist, and trainer in the advancement of their expertise in evaluating and treating frequently seen shoulder conditions. Dr. Earley will take you step-by-step through the pathoanatomy of the shoulder and the assessment ofdysfunction around the scapulothoracic and gleno-humeral joints utilizing case studies of shoulder problems. Current evidence-based interventions are presented and analyzed for a variety of diagnoses. Participants will return to their practice with more tools to evaluate, assess and treat difficult shoulder problems in less time and with less expense to the patient.

  1. Cite examples of pertinent shoulder anatomy and biomechanics.
  2. Utilize clinical reasoning skills to evaluate the pathoanatomy of the shoulder complex.
  3. Perform an orthopedic shoulder evaluation based on pathomechanics and anatomical conditions.
  4. Discuss current evidence-based information for effective shoulder treatment approaches.
  5. Explain treatment techniques, rationales, and prevention approaches.
  6. Develop an evidence-based management plan toimprove functional and pain-free use of the shoulder.
  7. Incorporate evidence-based rehabilitation techniques into practice which maximize patient outcomes.
  8. Apply "bottom up" and "top down" rehabilitation strategies to manage shoulder dysfunction.
  1. Framework of the Shoulder Complex
    1. Focus on the principles of kinesiology and functional anatomy How anatomy and biomechanics affect function
    2. Identification of anatomical structures affected by common shoulder conditions
    3. Stages of the wound and tissue repair process
  2. Best Practices for Evaluation and Assessment
    1. Upper quadrant screening
    2. Inspection, cervical screen, joint scan,myotome/dermatomescan, neural tension, palpation, differential assessment, and diagnostic signs
    3. Hands-On Lab
  3. Shoulder Impingement Syndrome – 7 Common Causes
    1. Primary
    2. Secondary
    3. Evaluation and special testing
    4. Conservative treatment and intervention approaches
    5. Hands-On Lab
    6. Case Study
  4. Shoulder Rotator Cuff Issues
    1. Conservative management
    2. Post-surgical management
    3. Special testing and intervention approaches
    4. Hands-On Lab
    5. Case Study
  5. Assessment and Treatment of Other Frequently Treated Shoulder Conditions
    1. Idiopathic/primary and Secondary Adhesive Capsulitis (SAC) Phase 1, phase 2, phase 3
    2. The neurological shoulder/Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain(HSP)
    3. Bicipital Tendonitis (BT)
    4. Acromio-Clavicular (AC) joint sprains
      1. Grade 1, grade 2, grade 3
    5. Special testing and intervention approaches for SAC, HSP, BT and AC conditions
    6. L.A.P. and Bankart labral lesions
    7. Thoracic outlet syndrome
    8. Hands-On Lab
    9. Case Study
  6. Adaptive, Remedial, and Functional TreatmentApproaches and Selected Evidence-Based Approaches Related to Functional Recovery
    1. Patient education and treatment strategies with specific focus on:
      1. The effects of posture and environmental stresses on the shoulder
      2. Performance pattern modification to include tendon protection and ergonomic adaptations
      3. Symptom management strategies
      4. Passive and self-stretching strategies for themuscle, posterior cuff, and ligamentous capsule
    2. Strengthening, endurance and other soft tissue demand approaches related to:
      1. Rotator cuff
      2. Functional stabilizers
      3. Cervicothoracic
      4. Scapulothoracic/periscapular

Donald W. Earley, OTD, MA, OTRL, is a licensed and certified occupational therapist with more than 33 years of experience in both medical and community-based practice. He performs hand and upper extremity orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. In addition, he is a professor at Saginaw Valley State University where he is the chair of the occupational therapy department. Dr. Earley's extensive work history includes orthopedic, neurological, industrial, and psychosocial rehabilitation across a variety of settings. He has also developed and implemented programs for Easter Seals. Dr. Earley designed and operates a clinic treating individuals who have experienced a stroke and the upper quadrant dysfunction associated with stroke.

Dr. Earley has produced and presented dozens of regional, state, and national seminars on shoulder and hand conditions, physical agent modalities, range of motion, strength assessment and training, constraint-induced movement therapy, as well as chronic pain and resource group therapy. He has published extensively in professional publications including textbooks, the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy International, Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, and OT Practice. He is currently writing a shoulder disorders textbook. Dr. Earley earned his BS in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University, an MA in counselor education from Central Michigan University, and a Doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University.


FINANCIAL: Donald W. Earley is compensated by Summit as an instructor.

NONFINANCIAL: Donald W. Earley has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

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