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Evaluation of Shoulder Impingement

presented by Jennifer T. Dodson, OTR/L, CHT

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Do you get referrals for patients with the diagnosis of shoulder pain/impingement? Do you notice in your practice treating the UE that after prolonged nonuse of the upper extremity due to an elbow/wrist/hand injury, shoulder pain starts when your patient starts using the UE again? Do you wonder what is the current evidence available for evaluating these patients? Recent biomechanical considerations will be discussed when rehabilitating patients with impingement. Evaluation techniques will be reviewed and demonstrated to allow you to effectively gather the information needed to create an effective treatment plan to return your patient to their ADLs.

Meet Your Instructor

Jennifer T. Dodson, OTR/L, CHT

Jennifer graduated from the Florida International University occupational therapy program in 1998. She has been practicing outpatient rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida, ever since. In 2002, she was honored to be chosen as a fellow for the Evelyn Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center. She became a certified hand therapist in 2004. Part…

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1. Anatomy and Biomechanics

This chapter will review the different types of shoulder impingement. Recent biomechanics studies will be reviewed to consider when performing evaluations.

2. Evaluation of Shoulder Impingement

Evaluation techniques and special tests/screenings will be presented and demonstrated. The specificity and validity of tests and screenings will also be discussed. The importance of gathering a thorough history and analyzing a person’s ADLs will also be discussed.

3. Special Tests for Shoulder Impingement, Evaluation of Soft Tissue Imbalance

Though you may be lucky enough to obtain referrals from professionals in the field, there are times where you may receive referrals from non-specialists that do not dictate enough information to properly diagnose patients. This chapter will illustrate the types of impingement tests needed to successfully evaluate patients with shoulder impingement.

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