Thawing Out: Treatment Strategies for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome - PT20

Thawing Out: Treatment Strategies for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

by Anne Ahlman, MPT and Philip Tarrant and Mark Murphy and Jeff G. Konin, Jeff G. Konin, PhD, PT, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
(4.5 / 1218 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

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

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by The PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT CE sponsor (#216.000275) with the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 10S0950 for 6/7/10 to 6/7/11; 11S0915 from 06/08/11 to 06/08/12; 12S1144 for 06/08/12 to 06/08/13; 13S0964 for 06/09/13 to 06/09/14; 14S1231 for 06/10/14 to 06/10/15; 15S1143 for 06/11/15 to 06/11/16; 16S1703 for 06/12/16 to 06/12/17; 17S5438 for 06/13/17 to 06/13/18)
The FL PT Association (approval no. CP100015643, 12/31/10; CP110015641 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CP120017209 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CP130019642 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021529 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023671 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-26753for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-279224 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-279224 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TN PT Association (approval no. 3305 for 8/9/10 to 8/8/11; 3770 for 08/09/11 to 08/08/12; 4553 for 08/09/12 to 08/08/13; 5139 for 08/09/13 to 08/08/14; 5671 for 08/09/14 to 08/08/15; 6228 for 08/09/15 to 08/08/16; 2016-399 for 08/09/16 to 08/08/17; 2017-412 for 08/08/17 to 08/08/18) for Class 1 CE Requirement
The PA Board of PT (PTCE003852 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006769 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010078 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18)
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 480-2010, expiration date 1/31/12; 99-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 363-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-446 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-179 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15, 10/30/15 to 10/30/19
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437.3410 for 6/1/10 to 6/1/11; 437-3865 for 06/01/11 to 06/01/12; 437-4344 for 06/01/12 to 06/01/13, 437-4770 for 06/01/13 to 06/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 6/7/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/22/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/2/2021


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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well designed conference.
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Lee F - Coraopolis , PA  ·  Sep 08, 2018
Very informative course
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KEVIN L - Hendersonville, NC  ·  Aug 31, 2018
great course with clarity.
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Cortney S - Tampa, FL  ·  Jul 30, 2018
A great, concise review.
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Brooke J - Gilbert, AZ  ·  Jul 27, 2018
Visual aids would be helpful
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