EIM’s Management of the Shoulder and Elbow course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skills in the evidence-based management of individuals with shoulder and elbow disorders and dysfunction. This lab-intensive course focuses on clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively perform a comprehensive shoulder and elbow evaluation with an understanding of how these two joints interact. Participants will learn and receive hands-on practice of evidence-based treatments including joint mobilizations, taping, strength progression and exercises, and orthotic fabrication.
This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants 30 days in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend. The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the management of shoulder and elbow disorders using a series of web-based video presentations, key evidence summaries and primary research articles. The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of selected examination and treatment techniques for the shoulder and elbow. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 18:1. An online post-test and on-site skill assessment are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test, skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day
Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical therapists and occupational therapists
Credits: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions
EIM Program Applicability: None. This course must be taken in conjunction with an 8-week online management course to earn constructive credit towards EIM’s Certificate for Advanced Practice in Hand Therapy.
Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Locate and discuss appropriate shoulder and elbow anatomy and pathology,
- Perform a comprehensive shoulder and elbow evaluation to determine the cause of dysfunction,
- Select appropriate special tests to evaluate the shoulder and elbow complex,
- Discuss evidence-based treatments for conservative care of a variety of shoulder and elbow injuries,
- Understand the precautions and evidence-based care of post-operative treatment,
- Demonstrate splinting and appropriate immobilization and progression of chronic and acute diagnoses from the shoulder to the elbow.