Treating the Patient with Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain
(2011_001)

CREDIT HOURS: 10

This course is designed to give the healthcare practitioner an understanding of the etiologies of shoulder pain in patients who have suffered a stroke as well as treatment techniques used to prevent and alleviate the problem of hemiplegic shoulder pain.

Course Description

This course was updated in September 2009 to include recent research on the effectiveness of interventions for hemiplegic shoulder pain and recent statistics on the incidence and financial impact of stroke. Learners will also find this updated course to be in a more pleasing and user friendly format.

The incidence of shoulder pain in patients who have suffered a stroke is estimated to be as high as 72%, a significant percentage as hemiplegic shoulder pain can severely limit patients’ independence in life tasks. The differential diagnosis of this problem is difficult as the various etiologies are often intertwined. A review of anatomy and kinesiology of the shoulder complex and description of the primary deficits of CVA help to explain the etiologies of hemiplegic shoulder pain. Understanding of the various etiologies assists the practitioner in planning effective treatment to prevent and minimize the problem. Assessment and treatment approaches for the various etiologies of hemiplegic shoulder pain are described for the practitioner. Research studies on etiology and effectiveness of treatment approaches for hemiplegic shoulder pain are also discussed. This course is appropriate for occupational therapy practitioners, physical therapy practitioners, and nursing staff.

Teaching methods for this course include course content delivered in text format, animation, graphics, and live web links.  To pass the course, learners must successfully complete the mid-course exam and the final exam with a minimum passing score of 80%.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:

  1. Identify the anatomy and kinesiology of the shoulder complex.

  2. Identify the primary deficits of CVA to explain the etiologies of hemiplegic shoulder pain.

  3. Choose assessment tools needed to develop effective treatment planning strategies to prevent and minimize the shoulder problems exhibited.

  4. Identify treatment approaches and techniques for the various etiologies of hemiplegic shoulder pain.

  5. Recognize the contribution of research studies to the understanding of the etiology of hemiplegic shoulder pain and the resulting treatment.
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