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Non-Operative Shoulder Rehabilitation: Current Concepts in the Evaluation and Treatment of the Painful Shoulder

Dates and locations coming soon!

Course Description

Specific diagnosis within the realm of shoulder pain can be problematic. While it is unrealistic for a single test to make a pathognomonic diagnosis, there are clinical tests with varying levels of sensitivity and specificity that, when clustered together, can aid the clinician in determining proper pathology. The clinician must decide between various manual techniques, exercises, modalities and adjunctive treatment techniques.

In this exciting, interactive, one–day seminar you will practice multiple specialized tests and determine how to cluster them to improve accuracy of diagnosis. Participants will have the opportunity to practice various mobilization and stabilization techniques to address limitations in range of motion and pain. Through hands–on labs and case studies, participants will be educated on current concepts in adjunctive treatment techniques, such as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic taping and ergonomic adaptations, which can be immediately incorporated into practice. The educational level of this course is intermediate.

Course Instructor
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William Finley, MS, OTR/L, CSCS, CHT, MBA is an occupational therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and certified hand therapist. He is Faculty at NYU Langone Health, and a Program Manager within Rusk Rehabilitation. He has over a decade of experience in the evaluation and treatment of upper extremity disorders in orthopedics, rheumatology and sports medicine. In addition to specialized clinical practice, he is a Certified Physical Agents Modalities Practitioner (CPAM), Certified ASTYM Practitioner, Graston Technique Provider, Certified Kinesio–taping Practitioner (CKTP), Certified Field Work Educator and certified with the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). William has presented at various national conferences and has been featured on Sirius XM Doctors Radio discussing current concepts in rehabilitation of the upper extremity. He was recently published as the lead author in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) in 2018 (Volume 72, Issue 3), and had  a chapter published in “Introduction to Orthotics: A Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach”, both focusing on the shoulder.  William has provided continuing education to health care professionals throughout the United States for the past 5 years.  

There are no financial or non-financial disclosures to report.

Course Outline
  • Review of anatomy and physiology of the upper extremity

  • Specialized tests and Lab

  • Scapula assessment and lab

  • Common diagnosis and case studies

  • Manual techniques and lab

  • Therapeutic exercise, home exercise plan and lab

  • Adjunctive treatment techniques and modalities

  • Discussing Pain

  • Common diagnosis case study HEP’s

Course Schedule & Requirements
  • Registration: 7:30am

  • Course Begins: 8:00am

  • Course Ends: 3:30pm

Participants will be allotted a one-hour lunch on their own.

Please wear clothing that exposes the scapula/shoulder and bring a yoga mat for labs.

Continuing Education Credit





Gold Standard Seminars, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 11249. This distance learning-independent activity is offered at 0.6 CEUs, intermediate, OT service delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

This course offers 6.0 contact hours of category A, formal courses with direct upper extremity content for OT or PT towards the Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) recertification.

This course meets the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Standards of Quality for Continuing Education Offerings (BOD G11-03-22-69). Please save your course certificate and outline to submit for CE credit to your state and/or local licensing board.

This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 6.00 CCUs for PTs and PTAs. Course approval number 70734TX.

For other professions, this course counts as 6.0 contact hours of professional development. Please save your certificate and course outline to submit to your national, state or local agency for continuing educating credit. 

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ADA and Special Requests

Please contact Gold Standard Seminars  prior to purchase to discuss any particular needs and/or requests.

Course Locations
Learning Outcomes
  • Review shoulder anatomy and define orthopedic pain pathologies

  • Identify and cluster provocative tests for the shoulder

  • Perform manual techniques on the shoulder and scapula

  • Explain concepts in adjunctive treatment techniques

  • Develop treatment and home exercise plans

Recommended Course Participants
  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapy Assistants

  • Athletic Trainers

  • Physicians

  • Chiropractors

  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists

  • Personal Trainers

Course Testimonials

"Great course - definitely feel more confident with mobilization techniques!

Columbus, OH

"The instructors focus on hands-on lab work was extremely helpful!"

New York, NY

"Can't wait to use all the knowledge from this class on my patients! Will look for more classes with this instructor."

Ronkonkoma, NY

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