A Classification Approach to Managing Shoulder Pain and Dysfunction

presented by Derek Clewley

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This course is part of our OCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge OCS Prep-Program.

Shoulder pain is a common condition seen in physical therapy practice; however, are you confident that you are managing shoulder cases with the most up to date, best evidence? This course will examine shoulder outlining, the major classifications that contribute to shoulder pain and dysfunction. Take your confidence to the next level as you develop the expertise to effectively manage patients with shoulder pain.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Derek Clewley, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

    Dr. Clewley is an educator, clinical researcher, physical therapist, and mentor in the Duke University DPT program. His specific area of expertise and training is orthopaedics and manual physical therapy. He has achieved board certification in orthopaedics, and is recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He received his PhD with primary research interest in health systems and big data applications, with a focus on health-seeking behaviors. Additional research interests include dry needling, manual physical therapy, and pain sciences. Dr. Clewley has extensive experience in the development of continuing education, residency, and fellowship postgraduate training programs. He has presented at numerous national conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Mobility

    1. Mobility

    Adhesive capsulitis is a relatively common shoulder condition that can be a challenge to manage. This condition is often considered self-limiting, and the entire process (from freezing through thawing) can last years, facilitating significant functional loss for the individual. This chapter will focus on the management of the condition, including risks, screening and examination, interventions strategies, and prognosis.

  2. Shoulder Impingement and Rotator Cuff Syndrome

    2. Shoulder Impingement and Rotator Cuff Syndrome

    Shoulder pain accounts for one third of physician office visits for musculoskeletal pain, and the most frequent cause of shoulder pain is shoulder impingement and rotator cuff syndrome. Shoulder impingement and rotator cuff syndrome can be difficult to manage and can result in chronic pain and impairments. This chapter will provide up to date, evidence based management strategies for patients with shoulder pain consistent with impingement or rotator cuff involvement.

  3. Instability

    3. Instability

    Shoulder instability can take on many forms. While instability from a mechanical deficit is one potential cause, a patient can also have shoulder instability from muscle weakness and control issues, as well as age related inherent stability issues. This chapter will provide an overview of the assessment and management of shoulder instability, especially as it relates to orthopaedic practice.