Adhesive Capsulitis: Physical Therapy Examination, Diagnosis, and Intervention, 2nd Edition

About the Course:
This intermediate level course developed for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, describes the most recent findings in functional anatomy of the shoulder, provides an overview of adhesive capsulitis, including its etiology and epidemiology, and offers an up-to-date, evidence-based foundation for the diagnosis and intervention of adhesive capsulitis.  

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the normal functional anatomy of the shoulder girdle and deficits commonly associated with adhesive capsulitis.
  • Describe the epidemiology, etiology, and pathogenesis of adhesive capsulitis.
  • Differentiate adhesive capsulitis from other painful shoulder conditions using symptom presentation, classification of the disorder, and functional outcome tools in the diagnostic process.
  • Describe evidence-based physical therapy examination and diagnosis for adhesive capsulitis.
  • Identify physical therapy interventions supported by current best evidence to ensure optimal patient outcomes at various stages of the disorder.
  • Summarize current evidence-based medical management adjuncts or alternatives to physical therapy in the presence of adhesive capsulitis.

About the Author:
Lee Marinko, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT,
is a clinical assistant professor at Boston University. She completed her ScD at Boston University’s Movement and Rehabilitation Science program. She is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. Marinko’s primary teaching responsibilities are in musculoskeletal systems; she teaches a lab course covering examination and treatment of the upper extremity, process of examination, and clinical medicine. Dr. Marinko has co-authored two articles, published in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, on the topics of exercise and manual therapy for painful shoulder conditions. Dr. Marinko has 27 years of clinical experience, mostly in orthopaedic manual therapy, and she currently treats patients part time at Boston University’s Physical Therapy Center at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete:
  • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity.
  • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Self-Assessment and Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


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