Rotator Cuff Injuries and Interventions: A Physical Therapy Perspective

About the Course:
The purpose of this course is to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with a current, comprehensive overview of rotator cuff injuries and the role of physical therapy examination, diagnosis and interventions, as well as review alternative and surgical approaches to the problem. This course will provide an in-depth review of relevant shoulder anatomy and biomechanics, examine potential causes for rotator cuff pathology, describe treatment techniques commonly used in individuals with rotator cuff pathology, and review indications and complications relating to rotator cuff surgery.  The focus of this intermediate level course is to explore the current best evidence to assist in reducing the deficits in knowledge related to the cause of rotator cuff pathology, provide updated evidence related to diagnostic accuracy and effective interventions while highlighting the areas still in need of future research.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the functional anatomy of the shoulder girdle and the role of the rotator cuff in function.
  • Discuss the prevalence, risk factors, and etiology of rotator cuff pathology.
  • Summarize a comprehensive clinical examination that will assist in the diagnosis of rotator cuff disorders.
  • Identify evidenced informed physical therapy interventions for rotator cuff disorders.
  • Identify the role of surgical intervention and postoperative management in the presence of rotator cuff pathology.

About the Author:
Lee N. Marinko, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT,
graduated with a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in 1986 and completed her ScD in rehabilitation and movement science from Boston University in 2007. She completed a two-year fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy in 1998 and has been a certified fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy since that time. She has been a board-certified orthopedic specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association since 1996. Currently, she is a clinical assistant professor in the physical therapy program of Sargent College, Boston University, where she teaches musculoskeletal systems, with primary content in the upper extremity. She also serves as the academic liaison to the Boston University Physical Therapy Center and maintains an active practice in outpatient orthopedics.

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 either:
    • 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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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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