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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Lee N. Marinko, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Peer Reviewer(s): Jason Woollard, MPT, PhD
Item#: Q3510
Contents: 1 Course Book (68 pages)
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Rotator Cuff Injuries and Interventions: A Physical Therapy Perspective

Price $39.95
Item # Q3510
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: June 14, 2017

Expiration Date: June 14, 2020

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.


California PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Ohio PTs & PTAs - Approval #18S7408 (6/13/18 to 6/13/19)

Florida & Indiana PTs & PTAs – PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1808-115 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Course 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.


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.


Jason Woollard, MPT, PhD, has his PhD in rehabilitation science from the University of Pittsburgh. Jason’s doctoral research examined preoperative predictors of outcome for individuals undergoing rotator cuff surgery. In addition, he worked extensively on research examining the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. His master’s degree in physical therapy is from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Jason treats patients in outpatient, skilled nursing, and home health settings. He currently teaches orthopedics, research, and foundational courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. He has authored multiple research articles on the topics of the rotator cuff pathology, brain injury in older adults, and knee osteoarthritis.

  • 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.