• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Anne Ahlman, MPT
Peer Reviewer(s): Mary A. Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C
Item#: N1383
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)

Rotator Cuff Injury and Recovery

Price $19.95
Item # N1383
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

Rotator cuff dysfunction, including acute tendonitis, chronic impingement syndrome, and partial-thickness and full-thickness tendon tears, is a common cause of musculoskeletal pain and disability. It entails a spectrum of disorders that affect one or more of the four main musculotendinous units of the rotator cuff: the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. Injury can be acute, such as that following a fall or other traumatic event, or it can be chronic, as the result of repeated overuse. This high-level content course provides a comprehensive overview of rotator cuff injuries, beginning with a description of the shoulder anatomy, including the joints of the shoulder, the tendons, and their primary functions. The etiology of rotator cuff injury and risk factors are described, and the course examines possible causes of shoulder pain ranging from degenerative changes to multidirectional instability. Nurses will learn about the physical examination for suspected injuries, including subjective findings, objective findings, specific clinical tests, and differential diagnoses. Common diagnostic tests are described, such as radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography and electrodiagnostics, and computed tomography scanning. Nurses will learn about nonsurgical treatment options such as physical therapy and injections of cortisone and corticosteroids. Types of surgical repair are described as well. Rehabilitation following both surgical and nonsurgical treatments is described, and the course discusses treatment areas in need of further research.

Orthopaedic Nurses - ONCB has approved this course for 4 contact hours in Category A toward recertification.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the anatomical structures and biomechanics involved in normal shoulder function and in the presence of a rotator cuff injury
  • Identify the components of a comprehensive physical examination
  • Identify common diagnostic testing
  • Discuss educating patients
  • Describe surgical and nonsurgical treatment and their potential complications 
Anne Ahlman, MPT, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California Davis in 1983 and a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State University in 1992. She is a practicing outpatient physical therapist at Cupertino Physical Therapy in San Jose California and has experience as a director of rehabilitation and a clinical instructor to physical therapy students. With a background in medical research Anne has written and presented on a variety of topics involving orthopedics sports medicine geriatrics vestibular dysfunction and hippotherapy. Anne has served as the physical therapy editor for Today in PT magazine and is the author of Naked Elbows: A Physical Therapist's Reflections on Patient Care Intuition and Healing a medical narrative that explores personal and professional stories about the joys and challenges of patient care.
Mary A. Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C is a board certified family and orthopedic nurse practitioner and a Registered Nurse-First Assistant with Starkville Orthopedic Clinic in Starkville, Mississippi and is assistant professor of nursing and DNP program director at Mississippi University for Women. Dr. Smith has been instrumental in the development of a DNP Alumni Mentoring Program for the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. She received her BSN from the Mississippi University for Women, her MSN from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Nurses’ Association, Mississippi Nurses’ Association, Sigma Theta Tau, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. She also serves as a clinical preceptor and presents to nursing students in associate, bachelor, and graduate degree programs. She has published articles in a variety of nursing journals and is chair of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses Evidence Based Practice and Research Committee.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.