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Rehabilitation of the Shoulder

Advance your clinical skills in the evidence-based evaluation and management of patients with shoulder conditions.

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About this Certificate Program

This certificate program presents the most recent information in the evaluation and treatment of shoulder disorders. The program will provide clinicians a detailed overview of the shoulder, including anatomy and biomechanics, common overuse injuries, post-op and conservative management considerations for rotator cuff tears, and labral pathologies. This program will help improve your care of patients, from initial assessment through their rehabilitation process.

Target Audience

Physical Therapists
Physical Therapist Assistants
Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapist Assistants
Certified Athletic Trainers
Strength and Conditioning Specialists

Goals & Objectives

  • Understand the relevant anatomy and biomechanics of common shoulder overuse injuries, including thoracic outlet syndrome, biceps tendinopathy, suprascapular neuropathy, and subacromial impingement
  • Understand the mechanism of injury, common clinical presentation, and operative procedures to implement the most appropriate post-op guidelines and rehabilitation protocols following SLAP lesions, rotator cuff tears, and Bankart repairs
  • Evaluate and examine a patient with a possible rotator cuff pathology, and discuss the different repair techniques from an evidence-based perspective
  • Design and implement an effective rehabilitation program based on clinical and scientific research for common overuse injuries and post-op shoulder conditions

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Patient Education
HEP and Patient Education

HEP and patient education resources to use with your patients.

Accredited Online Courses*

9 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Section 1: The Shoulder Biomechanics

2 Chapters

The Shoulder: Overuse Injuries in Athleteskeyboard_arrow_down

  • Thoracic Outlet SyndromeChapter 1

    This chapter provides a thorough introduction to thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), including the anatomy, general prevalence, and types. Lenny Macrina covers neurogenic, venous, neurologic, and arterial compression and uses a detailed case study and exercise demonstration to provide the viewer with a comprehensive understanding of TOS.

  • Biceps TendinopathyChapter 2

    To effectively recognize and treat biceps tendinopathy, the therapist must first possess a solid familiarity with the condition itself. Macrina provides this through a pathophysiology histological analysis, differential diagnosis, and examination in the lecture and through a case study.

  • Suprascapular NeuropathyChapter 3

    Focusing on suprascapular neuropathy, this chapter provides thorough anatomical references as well as an introduction to the typical presentation of the condition and the essentials of a good exam. Macrina further explores his own experiences with suprascapular neuropathy through a case study.

  • Subacromial ImpingementChapter 4

    The presentation, differential diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of subacromial impingement are all thoroughly examined in this chapter. Macrina explores the intervention, examination, and important conclusions for a patient with subacromial impingement. In addition, Macrina touches upon recent literature and anatomy. This chapter also provides exercise demonstrations and a case study.

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Glenohumeral Joint Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Implementationkeyboard_arrow_down

  • Anatomy and BiomechanicsChapter 1

    Review key anatomical concepts of structures including the glenoid, glenoid labrum, glenohumeral capsule, and the ligaments of the GH joint. Structures covered include: the coroacromial arch, rotator interval, AC joint, SC joint, scapulothoracic joint, and others. Understand the biomechanics of the shoulder joint, including arthrokinematics and osteokinematics.

  • Rehabilitation ImplementationChapter 2

    Learn how to design and implement an effective rehabilitation program based on clinical and scientific research. Be able to perform and interpret specific clinical examination tests & maneuvers for the shoulder.Understand the prescription of optimal exercises for the glenohumeral joint that are appropriate for the patient’s pathology.

  • Rehabilitation and Common Exercise DemonstrationsChapter 3

    Understand and be able to implement common exercises for the rotator cuff and scapula stabilizers. Exercises covered include: external rotation/internal rotation tubing with manual resistance, full can, sidelying external rotation, W’s, standing extension, prone row, prone extension, prone 90/90, prone full can, prone horizontal abduction, supine serratus punch, push up with a plus, dynamic hug, forearm wall slides with T-band, rhythmic stabilization (RS), and 45° abduction.

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Section 2: Rotator Cuff

2 Chapters

Rotator Cuff and Labral Pathology: Presentation and Post-Operative Rehabilitationkeyboard_arrow_down

  • IntroductionChapter 1

    Lenny Macrina introduces the course, and provides an overview of the rotator cuff and labral pathologies that will be covered.

  • SLAP LesionsChapter 2

    Review the anatomy of the glenoid labrum and understand the mechanisms of injury for SLAP lesions. Understand the typical presentation of patients with SLAP lesions, and common tests to perform in the examination of such patients. Learn the post-op guidelines to follow and proper rehabilitation protocols for patients recovering from SLAP repair. You will go through each stage of rehabilitation for such patients on a week-by-week basis, and current research will be presented.

  • RTC TearsChapter 3

    Review rotator cuff anatomy and the common tests to perform on patients with a suspected rotator cuff tear. Understand the important post-op considerations and planning of a rehabilitation program for patients that undergo rotator cuff repair surgery. Learn about the implementation of rehabilitation programs for post-op rotator cuff repair patients, as well as the evidence and current research behind these protocols.

  • Shoulder Instability and Bankart RepairsChapter 4

    Review shoulder instability and the various surgical options for patients with instability, as well as the concominant procedures that can be performed. Bankart repairs in particular are examined, and learners will understand the post-op guidelines for such patients. Learn about the rehabilitation of patients with shoulder instability, including the protocols for patients following a Bankart repair surgery. Current evidence in support of this information is presented.

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Advanced Rehab for the Baseball Pitcher to Improve ROM & Strengthkeyboard_arrow_down

  • IntroductionChapter 1

    The anatomy, biomechanics, and unique profile of the baseball pitcher will be presented. It is critical that the learner understand this information in order to best assess and treat a baseball pitcher.

  • AssessmentChapter 2

    This chapter will aid the rehabilitation specialist in understanding how to evaluate a baseball pitcher based off of the previous chapter’s information. In order to develop a good treatment program, the clinician should be able to evaluate numerous components that are often implicated as an injury risk. These include strength of the upper and lower body along with range of motion of the shoulder and elbow.

  • Common InjuriesChapter 3

    This chapter will educate the clinician on common injuries observed in the baseball pitcher. Special considerations for the exact anatomy and mechanism of injury will be presented to aid in building a care plan for the athlete.

  • TreatmentChapter 4

    This chapter will present an evidence-based treatment approach for the baseball pitcher. The latest research will be used to apply this knowledge to a well-designed treatment regimen to safely and quickly return the pitcher to the mound.

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Lenny Macrina


CEU Approved

9 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

      Our clinic could not be happier with MedBridge.

Amy Lee, MPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Central

       MedBridge has allowed us to create a culture of learning that we were previously unable to attain with traditional coursework.

Zach Steele, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

    MedBridge has created a cost-effective and quality platform that is the future of online education.

Grant R. Koster, PT, ATC, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Athletico Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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