Posterior Shoulder Tightness - PT31

Posterior Shoulder Tightness

by Morey J. Kolber, PT, PhD,OCS, CSCS,*D
(4.4 / 1306 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Shoulder pain is a common musculoskeletal complaint which can be a challenge to assess and treat due to the multifactorial etiology. Posterior shoulder tightness (PST) is a specific impairment that is associated with many common conditions of the shoulder, including subacromial and posterior (internal) impingement syndrome and rotator cuff pathology. While the concept of posterior capsule tightness is not new to physical therapists, the term "capsule" is a misnomer because the impairments associated with PST may be attributed to both contractile and inert tissue. This module presents a clinically applicable measurement procedure that may be used to quantify PST and evidence-based interventions designed to mitigate the condition.


The goal of this educational program is to provide physical therapy professionals with an understanding of the concept of posterior shoulder tightness, including its etiology and biomechanical consequences. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify the soft tissue structures responsible for PST.
  • Describe measurement techniques to quantify PST.
  • Summarize the biomechanical faults arising from PST.
  • Identify common diagnoses attributed to PST.
  • Describe interventions to address PST.

Approval Information
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 11/16/2018 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 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 Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 2/25/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/25/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/31/2023


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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Lorraine L - del mar , CA  ·  Apr 07, 2020
very helpful Will incorporate active and passive stretching into home programs
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Maureen L - Tiverton, MA  ·  Apr 02, 2020
Some of the information was not clear, repeated a couple of different ways
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Willie A - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Mar 31, 2020
good information on PST
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Geralyn F - Corona, CA  ·  Mar 31, 2020
A very helpful review
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Corey D - Durham, NC  ·  Mar 31, 2020
Good summary of a specific issue with evidence built into the presentation.
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Price: $19.00
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