Posterior Shoulder Tightness - PT31

Posterior Shoulder Tightness

Implications for the Physical Therapist

by Morey J. Kolber, PT, PhD,OCS, CSCS,*D
(4.4 / 1292 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
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Shoulder pain affects up to 67% of the population at some point in their lifetime. Although the etiology of shoulder pain is multifactorial, specific impairments, such as posterior shoulder tightness, have been associated with many common conditions. 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. Generally speaking, PST may be defined as soft tissue restrictions of the posterior shoulder structures. Clinically applicable measurement procedures that should be used to quantify PST area are available, as well as efficacious interventions designed to mitigate PST in both the general and athletic populations.


The goal of this continuing education program is to familiarize physical therapists with the concept of posterior shoulder tightness, including its etiology and biomechanical consequences. The program will present a clinically applicable measurement procedure that may be used to quantify PST and efficacious interventions designed to mitigate PST. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the soft tissue structures responsible for PST
  • Recognize valid and reliable measurement techniques to quantify PST
  • Recall 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 6/11/2019 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.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 18S8309 for 12/8/18 to 12/8/19).
The FL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE19-518131 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1801-273 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 9/1/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/1/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019


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.

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Danette M - x, AL  ·  Feb 24, 2020
Great review of specific exercise to improve PST and why must be done in sidelying.
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Kevin M - Honolulu, HI  ·  Feb 12, 2020
This course was very informative
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Nick A - Waco, TX  ·  Feb 05, 2020
I do not see very many patients in general population with this, but pretty accurate information food research isn't very good on sleeper stretch however based on current literature
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Melissa P - Sparta, NJ  ·  Jan 26, 2020
Enjoyed the course. Would recommend to others. Can use concepts in my treatment clinic.
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amber v - Yonkers, NY  ·  Jan 23, 2020
This was very easy to read and navigate through. The course was very good.
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