Adhesive Capsulitis: Current Concepts in Examination, Diagnosis, and Intervention
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Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder or pericapsulitis, is a complex condition involving the entire glenohumeral joint capsule, which results in pain and loss of both active and passive movement with significant participation and activity limitations. Physical therapy is often the first line of management. Early recognition of signs and symptoms associated with adhesive capsulitis and differentiation from other painful conditions is fundamental to improving overall outcomes for physical therapy care, making these important skills for the practicing clinician. This basic-level course reviews the functional anatomy of the shoulder, provides an overview of adhesive capsulitis, including its etiology and epidemiology, and offers an up-to-date, evidence-based foundation for the diagnosis and intervention of adhesive capsulitis.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1611021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.
Florida PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) approval #CE16-25864. Approval of this course does not necessarily imply FPTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approve courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.
Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA), Approval #15S2321.
- Describe the epidemiology, etiology, and pathogenesis of adhesive capsulitis.
- Describe the normal functional anatomy of the shoulder girdle and deficits commonly associated with adhesive capsulitis.
- Differentiate adhesive capsulitis from other painful shoulder conditions using symptom presentation, classification of the disorder, and functional outcome tools in the diagnostic process.
- Describe evidence-based physical therapy examination and diagnosis for adhesive capsulitis.
- Identify physical therapy interventions supported by current best evidence to ensure optimal patient outcomes at various stages of the disorder.
- Summarize current evidence-based medical management adjuncts or alternatives to physical therapy in the presence of adhesive capsulitis.
Lee Marinko, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT, is a clinical assistant professor at Boston University. She completed her ScD at Boston University’s Movement and Rehabilitation Science program. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. Marinko’s primary teaching responsibilities are in musculoskeletal systems; she teaches a lab course covering examination and treatment of the upper extremity, process of examination, and clinical medicine. Dr. Marinko has co-authored two articles, published in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, on the topics of exercise and manual therapy for painful shoulder conditions. She has 27 years of clinical experience, mostly in orthopedic manual therapy, and currently treats patients part-time at Boston University’s Physical Therapy Center at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
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- There are no prerequisites for this course.