Shoulder Pathology: A Detailed Approach to Examination and Treatment

Author / Instructor: Paul Bonzani OTR/L, MHS, CHT
Profession: Occupational Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
CEU Hours: 6.5
Course Method: Online
Provider: Educata
Active: Yes

Shoulder Pathology: A Detailed Approach to Examination and TreatmentThis presentation gives a biomechanical overview of the shoulder and discusses common causes and strategies for addressing shoulder pain. After a review of shoulder anatomy and biomechanics, the pathomechanics of the rotator cuff, capsule ligamentous complex, and biceps mechanism will be reviewed. The course reviews assessment methods and treatment strategies, including surgical assessment; exercise-based conservative management techniques; and surgical management and post-operative treatment perspectives.

Exploring Hand TherapyThis presentation was originally produced by Exploring Hand Therapy.

Continuing education credits

  • This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for “Physical Therapist” or “Physical Therapist Assistant” and your state of licensure.
  • AOTA: This program is offered for 0.65 CEUs, Intermediate Level:
    • Domain of OT: Client Factors.
    • Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation and Intervention.

    EDUCATA is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

  • NBCOT 8.0 PDU (Course includes assessment component.)

Note: Post-test must be passed with a score of 80% or more in order to receive certificate of completion.
Goals & Objectives:
At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain the anatomy and biomechanics of normal shoulder motion.
  2. Identify the pathomechanics of shoulder pathologies, including rotator cuff and other sub-acromial pathologies, and labral and capsuloligamentous pathology.
  3. Apply effective conservative and post-operative treatment interventions based on evaluative data and surgical interventions.


The professor of this course has NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.

Financial: Mr. Bonzani is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire, covering the anatomy and neurophysiology of the elbow, wrist and hand. He also works as a per diem therapist for the outpatient occupational therapy program at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH. He receives compensation from EDUCATA and Exploring Hand Therapy as the professor of this course.

Nonfinancial: Mr. Bonzani has written articles and presented on wrist assessment, hand and wrist rehabilitation, ulnar nerve compression, cumulative trauma disorders, pain management, and splinting.


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