The Hemiplegic Shoulder: Practical Assessment and Intervention Strategies

presented by J.J. Mowder-Tinney

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The management of individuals with shoulder dysfunction often challenges even the most experienced clinician. Performing a comprehensive evaluation of patients with the hemiplegic shoulder can enhance the quality and efficiency of patient care while also indicating the most appropriate and effective treatment choices. In this course by J.J. Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, participants will integrate biomechanical assessment and clinical problem solving skills in order to prioritize impairments of differing patient presentations and progress a variety of intervention ideas. A mixture of demonstrations will be utilized to allow immediate incorporation into practice. These treatment ideas will include priority stretches, low/high tone, subluxation, pain, and functional activities.

Meet Your Instructor

  • J.J. Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA

    J.J. Mowder-Tinney received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in Florida. She completed her doctorate in physical therapy at NOVA Southeastern University. She has over 20 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings with the majority of experience with people with neuromuscular deficits. She is certified as a clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). She also has extensive training and is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), received her Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) certification from the American Stroke Association and her Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults certification from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She is currently an Associate Professor at Nazareth College in the physical therapy department. She teaches the Neuromuscular series that incorporates the onsite pro-bono clinic. In addition, she teaches an advanced neuromuscular elective. She has conducted nationwide seminars on the treatment of patients with neurological deficits, spinal cord injuries, balance challenges, Parkinson's Disease, and aging adults.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Anatomy Review

    1. Anatomy Review

    Identify key landmarks in the musculoskeletal anatomy of the shoulder. Outline the function of key shoulder muscles in relation to patient rehabilitation.

  2. Shoulder Pain

    2. Shoulder Pain

    Identify the common etiology of pain in the hemiplegic shoulder. Connect evaluative findings to potential pathology in the hemiplegic shoulder. Outline the common spasticity findings in patients with a hemiplegic shoulder.

  3. Comprehensive Assessment

    3. Comprehensive Assessment

    Discuss a comprehensive assessment of the primary impairments of the hemiplegic shoulder . Describe the normal alignment of the scapula. Describe a common outcome measure for spasticity.

  4. Standardized Outcome Measures

    4. Standardized Outcome Measures

    Outline common standardized outcome measures that can be used with patients that have a hemiplegic shoulder. Compare and contrast standardized outcome measures to assess arm function based on setting, evidence, and effectiveness.

  5. Evidence Based Interventions

    5. Evidence Based Interventions

    Describe options for evidence based interventions for rehabilitation of the UE. Evaluate a patient case and determine the most appropriate treatment intervention for that patient.

  6. Interventions for the Upper Extremity

    6. Interventions for the Upper Extremity

    Identify various intervention implementation for rehabilitation based on a variety of impairments including pain, low tone, high tone, and functional training.