Occupational Therapy: Adhesive Capsulitis: Occupational Therapy Examination, Treatment Diagnosis, and Intervention, 2nd Ed

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Lee Marinko, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT, is a clinical assistant professor at Boston University. She completed her ScD at Boston University’s Movement and Rehabilitation Science program. She is a board certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. Marinko’s primary teaching responsibilities are in musculoskeletal systems; she teaches a lab course covering examination and treatment of the upper extremity, process of examination, and clinical medicine. Dr. Marinko has co-authored two articles, published in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, on the topics of exercise and manual therapy for painful shoulder conditions. Dr. Marinko has 27 years of clinical experience, mostly in orthopaedic manual therapy, and she currently treats patients part time at Boston University’s Physical Therapy Center at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Content editor: Brian J. Eckenrode, PT, DPT, OCS, received his master of science degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University and his DPT from Temple University. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University, where he teaches courses on orthopaedic examination and intervention. Previously he worked at Penn Sports Medicine Center, Good Shepherd Penn Partners, where he advanced from Senior Level, I & II Advanced Clinician, to Sports Team Leader. He is a board certified orthopaedic clinical specialist. He has published several journal articles and book chapters on shoulder biomechanics and injuries, and has lectured on orthopaedic and sports injuries at the local and national level.

Occupational Therapy Planner: Lynn Gitlow, Ph.D., OTR/L, ATP The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content.



Learning Objectives
  • Describe the normal functional anatomy of the shoulder girdle and deficits commonly associated with adhesive capsulitis.
  • Describe the epidemiology, etiology, and pathogenesis of adhesive capsulitis.
  • Differentiate adhesive capsulitis from other painful shoulder conditions using symptom presentation, classification of the disorder, and functional outcome tools in the diagnostic process.
  • Describe evidence-based occupational therapy examination and diagnosis for adhesive capsulitis.
  • Identify occupational therapy interventions supported by current best evidence to ensure optimal patient outcomes at various stages of the disorder.
  • Summarize current evidence-based medical management adjuncts or alternatives to occupational therapy in the presence of adhesive capsulitis.

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