• Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Michele Taft, OTD, CHT
Peer Reviewer(s): Dana Lingle, MHS, OTR/L, CHT
Item#: I6392
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Conservative Management of Rotator Cuff Injury - INTERACTIVE COURSE: An OT Perspective

Price $39.95
Item # I6392

Release Date: September 28, 2017

Expiration Date: September 28, 2020

The need for occupational therapy involvement in the treatment of RCIs lies beyond the incidence and loss of function. The treatment of rotator cuff pathology requires the skills of an expert focused on promoting health while encouraging engagement in occupation. Clients suffer limitations in multiple domains such as performance skills, activity demands and occupation. A person’s performance patterns, environment and client factors beseech us to individualize the treatment plan. A client centered approach will positively impact the client’s ability to participate in the intervention strategy.  Treatment of this complex pathology requires careful consideration of the life style and goals of the client in order to bring longevity to a successful treatment outcome.  All level of therapists will learn to apply an occupation based approach to a biomechanical application and acquire techniques to lessen the burden of rotator cuff rehabilitation on clients. The basic science portion of this course is presented in a manner appropriate for the beginner and intermediate level occupational therapist.  Therapists will profit from learning about common misconceptions about rotator cuff injuries uncovered by the advancement of imaging in recent years. Research in this area is difficult due to the confounding nature of the disease; therefore, it is vital for an evidence based practitioner to keep up with these changes. Participants will not only learn palpation and testing methods to assess a client, but also how to listen to and interpret the client’s complaints and symptoms in order to determine the best intervention strategy.


AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation & Intervention

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Describe normal rotator cuff anatomy, and the causes, risk factors, and clinical presentation of rotator cuff injury (RCI).
  • Describe how occuptional performance is affected by RCI.
  • Describe the assessment and occupational therapy process in evaluating clients with RCI.
  • Identify evidence-based interventions used to prevent or remediate symptoms and address functional deficits in occupational performance caused by RCI.
  • Identify factors affecting successful outcomes for rotator cuff injury.

Michele Taft, OTD, CHT, received her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from Worcester State College and a doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She has been a certified hand therapist since 1997. Michele is an Advanced Clinical Specialist for Reliant Medical Group in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she serves an orthopedic population and provides clinical guidance to the rehabilitative staff. She has presented at the Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association (MAOT) meeting and special interest group, is a guest lecturer at colleges throughout Massachusetts, and is a frequent speaker at the New England Hand Society meeting. She left her positon as an adjunct professor at Bristol Community College in order to dedicate more time to presenting continuing education.

Dana Lingle, MHS, OTR/L, CHT, has been an occupational therapist for 31 years practicing in upper extremity rehabilitation, academics, inpatient rehabilitation, geriatrics, and home health care. For the past 16 years, she has been an assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Midwestern University, teaching a variety of classes:  Orthotics, Work Rehabilitation, Upper Extremity Evaluation & Treatment, and Physical Agent Modalities. She also assists in the Anatomy Laboratry. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) since 1995 and has practiced for the past 26 years at Kleiser Therapy, an outpatient hand therapy clinic. Ms. Lingle completed her master's degree in health science from the University of Indianapolis and baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree from the University of St. Augustine. Professor Lingle has presented continuing education courses and lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics, including shoulder rehabilitation, physical agent modalities, ergonomics, orthotics, peripheral nerve injuries, and more.  Ms. Lingle is an active member of AOTA, ASHT, and ILOTA.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.