Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex, 12/22/2023


About the Course:
The shoulder complex is one of the leading areas of musculoskeletal pain. Through poor posturing and overuse of the upper extremity, a variety of painful conditions can develop leading to local pain in the shoulder while contributing to cervical and lumbar spine pain as well. Patients may be treated for months with passive modalities and exercise with minimal change in symptoms. This course introduces manual evaluation techniques of the connective tissue surrounding the shoulder complex. Evaluation techniques are designed to identify tissue-specific impairments to individualize treatment. Treatments range from manual therapy techniques for soft tissue and joint restrictions to strengthening exercises for weakness and/or instability.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify relevant anatomical structures for shoulder evaluation
  • Locate relevant anatomical structures
  • Identify red flags
  • Recognize implications of red flats
  • Identify the effects of posture on shoulder mechanics
  • Identify limitations in AROM
  • Identify limitations in PROM
  • Recognize accessory and component motions
  • Recognize the role of MSTT
  • Identify muscles that typically tighten/shorten
  • Identify the role of orthopedic tests
  • Identify the effects of each grade of mobilization
  • Recognize the technique of MET
  • Identify the application of kinesiology tape
  • Identify manual treatments for shoulder flexion and IR
  • Identify manual treatments for shoulder extension and ER
  • Select exercises for mobility and stability

About the Author:
Steve Middleton, PT, DPT, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES, CKTP, FMT Dr. Middleton completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. He earned a Master of Science in Exercise Science & Health Promotion at California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Healthcare Administration from William Woods University. His undergraduate degree in athletic training was completed at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. In addition to his academic degrees, Dr. Middleton has been a CKTP (Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner) and certified in Functional Movement Taping since 2009. He holds additional certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Strength & Conditioning Association, and Graston Technique.

How to Receive Credit  

  • View the entire recording which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
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  • Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.