Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex

About the Course
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.

Learning Outcomes
  • 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
Dr. Steve Middleton serves as the Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Assess, Treat & Condition, an outpatient clinic in Fulton, MO where he specializes in conditions of the lumbo-pelvic- hip complex. He has 20+ years of experience in a combination of roles treating a variety of patients including athletes from high school to college as well as professional athletes in the NFL and Olympics. Dr. Middleton also serves as the Program Director of the Master of Athletic Training Program at William Woods University in Fulton, MO. In addition to maintaining national accreditation, he teaches Orthopedic Evaluation of the Lower Extremities and Lumbar Spine, Orthopedic Evaluation of the Upper Extremities and Cervical Spine, Therapeutic Exercise, and Manual Therapy. He previously taught in the Department of Kinesiology at Southern Illinois University as well as serving as both a clinical instructor for the Athletic Training Education Program and a guest lecturer in the Physician’s Assistant program during their orthopedic rotations.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 70% 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 course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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