Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Anne Ahlman, MPT
Peer Reviewer(s); Lee N. Marinko, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Item#: I6324
1 Course Book (48 pages)

Off the Cuff: Rotator Cuff Injury and Recovery

Price $29.95
Item # I6324
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This basic-level course provides rehabilitation professionals with a comprehensive overview of rotator cuff injuries and examines medical treatment options physical therapy interventions and surgical approaches to the problem. The course reviews relevant shoulder anatomy examines possible causes of shoulder pain ranging from degenerative changes to multidirectional instability describes treatment techniques commonly used in management of the disorder discusses areas in need of further research and lists relative indications and complications relating to rotator cuff surgery.

AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation & Intervention

Course Objectives
  • Identify the anatomical structures typically involved in a rotator cuff injury and their biomechanical interaction.
  • List the components of a comprehensive physical examination for patients with a suspected rotator cuff injury.
  • Recognize surgical indications and complications relating to rotator cuff injuries.
  • Identify common clinical strategies and evidence-based treatment techniques for rotator cuff injury.
Anne Ahlman, MPT, received a bachelor of sciences degree from the University of California, Davis in 1983 and a master’s degree 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 had previous experience as a director of rehabilitation and also as 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.
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 2 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 on the musculoskeletal systems with the primary content in the upper extremity. She also serves as the assistant to the chair in the Shoulder Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts and has published in the area of shoulder pathologies.
  • Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
  • 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.