Rehabilitation of Non-Surgical SLAP Disorders

About the Course
Clinical assessment and treatment of patients with SLAP injuries are challenging even for the most experienced clinician. This course discusses the pathophysiology and related anatomy for SLAP disorders in athletic and general populations. The relationship between SLAP injuries, scapula dyskinesis and posterior shoulder tightness is explored. The clinical evaluation, as well as differential diagnosis, for patients with suspected SLAP tears, is presented, and the most evidence-based clinical/special tests is discussed. Updated clinical prediction rules pertaining to successful non-surgical management are presented. A comprehensive evidence-based rehabilitation approach is emphasized, with a focus on scapula stabilization and neuromuscular control exercises, posterior glenohumeral capsule stretches, rotator cuff strengthening, postural correction and soft tissue mobilization techniques. Video demonstration of exercise and manual interventions are utilized to reinforce correct techniques. Phase-based rehabilitation guidelines are presented, including transitioning the patient to sport-specific training programs.

Learning Outcomes
  • Recognize normal and abnormal anatomy of the superior labrum of the shoulder.
  • Identify the 4 major types of SLAP tears, based on Snyder classification.
  • Recognize the relationship between posterior shoulder capsule tightness and scapula dyskinesis.
  • Recognize the relationship between posterior impingement and posterior glenohumeral capsule tightness.
  • Identify the “peel back” mechanism as a cause of SLAP tears in the overhead athlete.
  • Select the most evidence -based tests for assessing scapula dyskinesis.
  • Identify the most evidence-based clinical test /test cluster for SLAP tears.
  • Identify evidence-based tests for identifying disorders of the proximal biceps.
  • Identify 2 exercises that elicit high EMG levels of the lower trapezius muscle.
  • Identify 3 stretches for the posterior glenohumeral capsule.

About the Author
Bob has 25 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He is currently the director of the Human Performance Optimization team for the 103rd rescue squadron in Westhampton, NY. His prior experience includes working in hospital-based and outpatient private practice facilities. He has extensive experience in the treatment of patients with orthopedic and sports-related conditions. including recreational, elite and professional athletes. He previously worked at the renowned Andrews Institute, where he worked under Dr. James Andrews. Bob received his transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University, and a master’s degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in health science from Cortland University.

Bob is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S) and an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (O.C.S). He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (F.M.S) and the Selective Functional Movement Screes (S.F.M.A) and in manual therapy (M.T.C.) through Evidence in Motion.

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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