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AOTA/Dynamic - Treating the Patient with Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain

Melissa Cohn Bernstein, OTR/L, FAOTA

Earn 1 AOTA CEU (12.5 NBCOT PDUs/10 contact hours)



AOTA joined with Dynamic Learning Online, Inc., a subsidiary of Dynamic Group and an AOTA approved provider of continuing education, to offer this online course.

This course is designed to give the healthcare practitioner an understanding of the etiologies of shoulder pain in patients who have suffered a stroke as well as treatment techniques used to prevent and alleviate the problem of hemiplegic shoulder pain.

Course Description
This course was updated in September 2009 to include recent research on the effectiveness of interventions for hemiplegic shoulder pain and recent statistics on the incidence and financial impact of stroke. Learners will also find this updated course to be in a more pleasing and user friendly format.

The incidence of shoulder pain in patients who have suffered a stroke is estimated to be as high as 72%, a significant percentage as hemiplegic shoulder pain can severely limit patients' independence in life tasks. The differential diagnosis of this problem is difficult as the various etiologies are often intertwined. A review of anatomy and kinesiology of the shoulder complex and description of the primary deficits of CVA help to explain the etiologies of hemiplegic shoulder pain. Understanding of the various etiologies assists the practitioner in planning effective treatment to prevent and minimize the problem. Assessment and treatment approaches for the various etiologies of hemiplegic shoulder pain are described for the practitioner. Research studies on etiology and effectiveness of treatment approaches for hemiplegic shoulder pain are also discussed. This course is appropriate for occupational therapy practitioners, physical therapy practitioners, and nursing staff.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:

  • Identify the anatomy and kinesiology of the shoulder complex.
  • Identify the primary deficits of CVA to explain the etiologies of hemiplegic shoulder pain.
  • Choose assessment tools needed to develop effective treatment planning strategies to prevent and minimize the shoulder problems exhibited.
  • Identify treatment approaches and techniques for the various etiologies of hemiplegic shoulder pain. 
  • Recognize the contribution of research studies to the understanding of the etiology of hemiplegic shoulder pain and the resulting treatment.

Author Bio

Melissa Cohn Bernstein, OTR/L, FAOTA is the founder, President/CEO of Dynamic Group. Dynamic Group provides consulting and clinical educational services to the healthcare industry through Dynamic Learning Online, Inc. providing E-Learning for healthcare professionals

With over thirty-five years of experience in healthcare business operations and Medicare regulatory & reimbursement expertise. Melissa's career includes over 20 years of experience in clinical practice and management with a focus on adult rehab in long term care/skilled nursing facilities and out-patient rehab clinics.

Since 2000, her focus has expanded to offer continuing education and training across the therapy spectrum providing time-sensitive, evidence-based online courses developed by industry experts.

Mrs. Bernstein was nominated and received the highest AOTA honor of a Fellow of Occupational Therapy (FAOTA) at the 2006 conference. Melissa has published several articles and co-authored several books. From August 2006 – November 2009 she served as the Executive Director for NARA, National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies, an organization that represents and supports rehabilitation practices nationally with a focus on legislation and running a rehab business from a clinically and operationally perspective in a challenging environment. She was honored in May 2011 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Board of Directors of NARA, the first recipient of this award.

If you have any questions regarding this course, please email Please reference the course name in the subject line of your email.

Appreciation and thanks to Lori T. Andersen, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Initial Course Creator/Author, whose contributions to Dynamic Learning are immeasurable.

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Additional Details:

SKU: OL2011
Product Type: Download
Year Published: 2008

  • Distributed Product
  • Practitioner
  • Continuing Education
  • Hand & Shoulder
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Shoulder