Thawing Out - OT20

Thawing Out

Treatment Strategies for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

by Anne Ahlman, MPT
(4.3 / 377 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Adhesive capsulitis, otherwise known as frozen shoulder syndrome (FSS), is encountered frequently by physical and occupational therapists who treat patients in orthopedic settings. This extremely painful shoulder disorder impairs active and passive range of motion, strength, and function to the degree that a patient may be completely unable to use the affected extremity. The goal of this program is to help therapists identify the etiology, presentation, and treatments associated with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder.


The goal of this adhesive capsulitis continuing education program is to help physical and occupational therapists identify the etiology, presentation and treatments associated with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder, commonly known as frozen shoulder syndrome [FSS]). After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the etiology and risk factors associated with FSS
  • Demonstrate an understanding of therapy techniques appropriate to the treatment of FSS
  • Explain the most frequently used medical management strategies for patients with FSS
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention


Accreditation Information

OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 4/22/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/22/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/22/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Jenessa F - Warren, MA  ·  Jan 29, 2018
As an OT, I dont really understand many of the basic manipulation terms use in this course. Manipulation was not a foundation of our education. Perhaps a "basic review of PROM/AROM techniques for the shoulder" might be a helpful course. Additionally, "basic review of shoulder anatomy and common diagnoses" might be another good one. Thanks!
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Mark S - Payson, AZ  ·  Jan 28, 2018
great course..i learned a lot
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Nicole Y - meridian, ID  ·  Jan 15, 2018
3.great course i learned a lot.
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Jane S - Media, PA  ·  Jan 04, 2018
Visual aids, diagrams/drawings would have enhanced learning.
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Caroline C - Oxford , MS  ·  Jan 03, 2018
Very detailed and also easy to follow. I better understand the continuum of Frozen Shoulder and evaluation and treatment approaches following this course.
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Price: $19.00
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