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Evidence-Based Examination of the Shoulder

presented by Eric Hegedus

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In this course covering examination of the shoulder by Dr. Eric Hegedus, users will evaluate the impact and prevalence of shoulder disorders. The imperative patient history elements of a shoulder examination will be discussed. The most common forms of self-report outcomes measures are presented. Users will be introduced to observational criteria associated with specific disease processes. Identify the best tests used to diagnose red flag conditions of the shoulder and compare and contrast different tests used for differential diagnosis. Upon completion of this course, perform functional testing, active and passive physiological and passive accessory movement examination as well as appropriate palpatory and strength tests. Identify the most diagnostic shoulder oriented special tests and apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses. Identify current and best physical performance measures of function by condition. Current research is presented throughout the course to provide learners with the proper tools for evidence-based management of these patients. This course is part of a 19 course comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

Meet Your Instructor

Eric Hegedus, PT, DPT, MHSc, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Eric J Hegedus has had a notable 21-year career as a leader and innovator in physical therapist education, research, and clinical practice and is founding Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Department at High Point University. Dr Hegedus also is founder and director of Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM). TEAM is a community-based…

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1. Epidemiology

Define shoulder pain. Outline the prevalence and incidence of shoulder pain. Identify risk factors for sources of shoulder pain. Evaluate the economic impact of shoulder dysfunction.

2. Patient History and Self-Report Outcomes Measures

Recognize patient interview questions unique to the shoulder and the value of those questions. Identify best SRMs for shoulder pain.

3. Observation

Observe asymmetries and /or anomalies in the shoulder joint complex. Identify the link or lack thereof between shoulder pain and observed asymmetries.

4. Triage and Screening

Identify common Red Flags and yellow flags in the treatment of patients with shoulder pain. Understand the role of referral from adjacent body segments in shoulder pain. Explain how to perform two common screening tests for bony abnormalities of the shoulder

5. Motion Testing

Perform basic motion testing of the shoulder with focus on the concordant sign. Perform motion testing of the shoulder beyond cardinal or straight planes.

6. Palpation and Manual Muscle Testing

Perform an appropriate palpatory examination of the shoulder. Perform an appropriate muscle testing examination of the shoulder.

7. Special Tests

Identify the most diagnostic shoulder oriented special tests. Apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses.

8. Physical Performance Measures

Demonstrate the most commonly used physical performance measures of the shoulder complex. Identify the utility of the physical performance measures of the shoulder complex.

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