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StrokeHelp ®: Preventing Shoulder Pain

presented by Jan Davis

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Most painful shoulders are unnecessary and can be prevented if those working with stroke survivors are better informed and better trained. This course provides an introduction to the hemiplegic shoulder, treating soft tissue tightness and includes proper handling methods and several excellent practice labs on scapular mobilization.

Meet Your Instructor

Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L

Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L is an internationally recognized leader in providing clinical training for therapists working in stroke rehabilitation. Trained as an occupational therapist (OT) in the United States, Davis’ career has spanned several areas of healthcare. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation centers, directed OT departments in rehabilitation centers located in California and Switzerland.…

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1. Introduction to Course

This introductory chapter provides an overview of how to use this learning module.

2. Introduction to Preventing Shoulder Pain

Learn how to observe asymmetries of the scapula and prepare the shoulder for pain free movement. This chapter demonstrates proper mobilization techniques of the scapula in all planes of motion: elevation & depression, protraction & retraction, and upward rotation & downward rotation.

3. Soft Tissue Tightness

Tightness of soft tissue structures of the trunk and upper extremity often precede painful shoulders in stroke survivors. This chapter demonstrates methods in reducing soft tissue tightness and takes the learner through a step-by-step approach in maintaining the length of soft tissue structures.

4. Protecting the Hemiplegic Shoulder

Improper handling of the shoulder can significantly contribute to shoulder pain. Knowing what to avoid in treatment is as important as knowing what to do in treatment. This chapter provides examples of proper, as well as improper, handling and is critical to preventing shoulder pain in stroke survivors.

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