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Evidence-Based Management of Upper Extremity Injuries Print CE Course

Evidence-Based Management of Upper Extremity Injuries Print CE Course

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    Course components are delivered online or in print:
    • 21 evidence-based practice articles from Sports Medicine Research
    • Continuing education exam
    Learning Objectives
    After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:
    • Apply scapular stabilization exercises that promote optimal muscle activation patterns.
    • Implement manual therapy and stretching exercises to target upper-extremity conditions (e.g., lateral epicondylitis, internal rotation deficits).
    • Explain the benefits of corticosteroid or platelet-rich plasma injections as an adjunct to therapy for various upper-extremity conditions.
    • Implement safe and effective treatment strategies after rotator cuff repair surgery.
    Upper extremity injury and pain encompass an array of pathologies and can affect up to 33% of the population. Upper extremity pain has many risk factors—including age, sport, and activity—and can be caused by neurological disorders stemming from the cervical and thoracic spine, joint dysfunctions, muscular issues, or other soft tissue pathologies.

    Treatment and rehabilitation for upper extremity injuries are often based on anecdotal evidence, which makes clinical decisions difficult. Many new treatment strategies and rehabilitation techniques are being developed and require randomized controlled trials for determining effectiveness. Health care providers should acknowledge that patients with upper extremity injuries have a large range of treatment options that are thought to improve outcomes; however, not all are truly effective. Practitioners may consider enhancing neuromuscular rehabilitation by using EMG biofeedback, PRP or corticosteroid injections, and kinesiotape (when available).

    This continuing education course provides a series of 21 research articles regarding upper extremity injuries with the goal of demonstrating how athletic trainers and therapists can apply the information from existing studies to their own practice. The articles are followed by an exam containing 105 questions. Upon passing the exam, learners may print out and submit a certificate for continuing education credits. Certified athletic trainers completing this course may earn continuing education units to apply toward the required evidence-based practice category to maintain their certification.

    Evidence-Based Management of Upper Extremity Injuries CE Course supports the initiative in the athletic training profession to integrate the best new research and evidence into clinical decision making with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Using the current evidence regarding management of upper extremity injuries, readers will be able to optimize their rehabilitation for upper extremity injuries and better educate and advise patients about various treatment options.

    Audience

    A continuing education course for athletic trainers seeking further education in evidence-based practice.

    Table of Contents

    Article 1. What’s the Real Story? Effect of Fatigue on Acromiohumeral Distance and Scapular Position
    Article 2. Rehabilitation Exercises for the Lower Trapezius
    Article 3. Differences in Scapular Muscle Activation Ratios During Functional Shoulder Exercises
    Article 4. Is EMG Biofeedback Effective at Treating Patients with Shoulder Impingement?
    Article 5. Joint Mobilization Improves Posterior Capsule Mobility in the Shoulder
    Article 6. Can the Sleeper Stretch Increase Range of Motion and the Subacromial Space?
    Article 7. Muscle Energy Used to Improve Posterior Shoulder Tightness
    Article 8. Does Myofascial Release Improve Lateral Epicondylitis Symptoms?
    Article 9. Kinesiotaping With Exercise Versus Manual Therapy With Exercise in Patients With Subacromial Impingement Syndrome
    Article 10. Kinesiotaping Improves Shoulder Symptoms More Than Modalities
    Article 11. Education and Interaction may be the Key to Successful Subacromial Impingement Syndrome Therapy
    Article 12. Treat the Spine, Help the Shoulder
    Article 13. PRP Injections for Chronic Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
    Article 14. What Is the Best Treatment Option for Calcific Tendinitis of the Rotator Cuff?
    Article 15. What Is the Optimal Dose of Corticosteroids for Adhesive Capsulitis?
    Article 16. Questionable Long-Term Effectiveness of Physiotherapy and Corticosteroid Injections for Tennis Elbow
    Article 17. Can an Additional Restriction of Glenohumeral Abduction After Immobilization Prevent Recurrent Dislocations?
    Article 18. Evolution of Nonoperatively Treated Symptomatic Isolated Full-Thickness Supraspinatus Tears
    Article 19. Is Early Passive Motion Necessary After Rotator Cuff Repairs?
    Article 20. Aggressive Versus Limited Early Passive Exercises After Rotator Cuff Repair
    Article 21. Low-Level Laser Therapy With Exercise Improves Shoulder Pain

    About the Author

    Jeffrey B. Driban, PhD, ATC, is an assistant professor in the division of rheumatology at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the special and scientific staff at Tufts Medical Center. The goal of his research is to explore novel biochemical and imaging markers to gain a better understanding of osteoarthritis pathophysiology and potential disease phenotypes.

    Driban received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Delaware. During his doctoral training at Temple University, he focused on various aspects of osteoarthritis, such as early pathophysiology in animal models, biochemical markers in joint fluid, systematic reviews of risk factors for osteoarthritis, and survey of medication use among patients with osteoarthritis. In January 2010 he began a postdoctoral research fellowship in the division of rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center, where he continued his focus on osteoarthritis and learned new assessment strategies in magnetic resonance imaging.

    Stephen Thomas, PhD, ATC, is an assistant professor at Temple University. Thomas received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in athletic training from Temple University. He then received his PhD in biomechanics and movement science from the University of Delaware. Before working at Neumann University, Thomas completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the department of orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering, where he received a Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health. He has served on several national committees and is the chair of the research committee for the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.

    Thomas continues to be active in the area of research, participating as a manuscript reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is on the executive board for Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. He also was an ad hoc grant reviewer for the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association and is the cofounder of the Sports Medicine Research site (www.sportsmedres.org). Thomas has numerous peer-reviewed publications and abstracts on shoulder adaptations resulting from overhead throwing and the basic science of rotator cuff injury and healing. He also has given several invited lectures throughout the United States on overhead throwing.