The Rotator Cuff Module

The Rotator Cuff Module

 

 

 

This module covers the pathoaetiology, natural history, diagnosis and non-surgical management of rotator cuff-related conditions. Lessons in this module begin with the diagnosis of subacromial pain and are then divided according to evidence for specific management of rotator cuff related conditions.

Module Lessons:

Diagnosis of Subacromial Pain

This is the first lesson in the "Rotator Cuff" Module.

The ability to first differentiate the subacromial region as the source of pain is the first step in the diagnostic process for symptomatic subacromial pathology.  

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Definition of subacromial pain
  • Clinical diagnosis of subacromial pain
  • Imaging diagnosis of subacromial pain
  • Imaging indications and interpretation

 Study time: 2-3 hrs (approx.)

Atraumatic Rotator Cuff-Related Pain 

This is the second lesson in the "Rotator Cuff" module.

Atraumatic, rotator cuff-related pain (RCRP) encompasses a number of subacromial conditions that are managed non-operatively.   

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Pathoaetiology
  • Natural history
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Imaging diagnosis
  • Non-surgical management
  • Referral criteria

Study time: 3-4 hrs (approx

Traumatic Rotator Cuff Tears 

This is the third lesson in the "Rotator Cuff" module.

Identification and appropriate referral for orthopaedic review is important for traumatic rotator cuff tears. 

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Classification
  • Pathoaetiology
  • Natural history
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Imaging diagnosis
  • Non-surgical management
  • Referral criteria

Study time: 3-4 hrs (approx.)

Massive/Inoperable Rotator Cuff Tears 

This is the fourth lesson in the "Rotator Cuff" module.

Massive or inoperable rotator cuff tears require specific rehabilitation, and many patients regain good upper limb function. 

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Classification
  • Pathoaetiology
  • Natural history
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Imaging diagnosis
  • Non-surgical management and specific rehabilitation
  • Referral criteria

Study time: 3-4 hrs (approx.)

Calcific Tendinopathy 

This is the fifth lesson in the "Rotator Cuff" module.

Calcific tendinopathy is a cell-mediated process that may be self-limiting, or may require specific intervention.  

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Pathoaetiology
  • Natural history
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Imaging diagnosis
  • Non-surgical management
  • Referral criteria

Study time: 3-4 hrs (approx.)

Surgical Management & Post-Operative Rehabilitation

This is the last lesson in the "Rotator Cuff" module and is comprised of two parts: 

Surgical Management of the Rotator Cuff

Mr Khalid Mohammed (Shoulder and Upper Limb Specialist) presents on "Surgical Management" of the Rotator Cuff: 

This covers:

  • Differential diagnosis of subacromial conditions
  • Indications and interpretation of diagnostic imaging
  • Indications for orthopaedic referral
  • Current evidence for conservative and surgical approaches to management
  • Surgical techniques and outcomes
  • Post-operative rehabilitation considerations

Study time: 1 hour (approx.)

Learning activities include:

  • Pre-reading articles
  • Video presentation

Post-Operative Management of the Rotator Cuff

Dr Angela Cadogan (Physiotherapy Specialist) presents the post-operative rehabilitation of the Rotator Cuff.

This part covers rehabilitation following arthroscopic supraspinatus repair including:

  • Phases of healing and repair
  • Rehabilitation principles of immobilisation and load
  • Rehabilitation phases and exercise progressions

Study time: 2 hrs (approx.)

 

Optional workshop1 day - 7 November 2020, Christchurch New Zealand

This workshop is a practical and interactive to promote critical thinking and enhance clinical reasoning. The workshop includes:

  • physical examination assessment techniques
  • clinical case studies
  • live patient assessment and treatment
  • treatment planning and rehabilitation case studies

Please note: Completion of The Rotator Cuff Module is a pre-requisite to this workshop.

Module:

  • The Rotator Cuff

 

Duration: 120 days
Price: NZ$350.00