Frozen Shoulder Management and Manual Treatment Strategies


About the Course 
Shoulder dysfunctions causing painful stiffness are endemic issues, causing clinical challenges and conflicting treatment guidelines. Common terminology of frozen shoulder and adhesive capsulitis share significant and long duration impairments. This advanced course reviews pathophysiology of these conditions, the natural history associated with idiopathic frozen shoulder and essential assessment findings.

Based on updated scientific evidence, a review and compilation of available interventions of conservative, medical and invasive options is presented. The role of manual therapy methodology is featured. Due to variability in patient progress and manual therapy approaches, specific guidelines on type, timing, position and amplitude are investigated to standardize joint mobilization efforts. Finally, treatment program principles of patient education, suggested number of visits, daily clinical visit structure, management of plateaus and beneficial integration with medical/invasive procedures are discussed. The purpose of this course is to provide clinicians with an evidenced- based approach on treating frozen shoulder and associated conditions. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the pathophysiology of shoulder stiffness.
  • Classify the Time-Phased Progression of Frozen Shoulder Dysfunction.
  • List Determinants of Effective Shoulder Joint Mobilization.
  • Review evidence-based Treatment Options.
  • Develop a practical progression for mobilization.
  • Create treatment Goals and Discharge Criteria for Shoulder Stiffness.
  • Investigate Treatment Plateaus and Strategies 

About the Author
Mark Albert M. Ed., PT, L.A.T., ATC, SCS has 40 years of clinical experience in sports and orthopedic physical therapy settings. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, with B.S in Physical Therapy in 1975, Albert also holds a Master’s degree in Education, Georgia State Univ. 1983. Mr. Albert previously served as Athletic Trainer and Rehab Director with Georgia Tech Athletic Association, in Atlanta, GA.  In addition, Mr. Albert has served as Athletic Trainer for three universities, numerous high schools and the former professional soccer team (N.A.S.L.), the Atlanta Chiefs and the 1996 Olympic Games. With 31 years of experience in post-graduate education, Albert has presented over 400 courses and seminars on specialty areas of sports injury, management of shoulder and knee dysfunction and exercise rehabilitation.  Mr. Albert was one of the first therapists recognized as Board Certified Specialists in Sports (SCS) in 1987.  His textbook, entitled Eccentric Muscle Training In Sports and Orthopedics – 2nd Ed., is considered a classic reference source for clinical exercise and has been reprinted in Japanese and French.  Mr. Albert currently resides in Atlanta GA and is the founder of STEP of Atlanta, Inc. and STAR Physical Therapy LaQuinta CA. 

How to Receive Credit  

  • Read the entire course online or in print, which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75% is required). Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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