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Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain - An Update

Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain - An Update

Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain - An Update

This course includes
This course was recorded in August 2023


This course will provide an update on the understanding, assessment, and management of rotator cuff related shoulder pain.

This online healthcare course is led by experienced researcher, professor, and clinician Dr. Jeremy Lewis. Dr. Jeremy Lewis is an expert in the world of Orthopaedic physiotherapy, with a specialty in treating shoulder conditions. In this course, he provides insights into the assessment, management, and understanding of rotator cuff related shoulder pain (RCRSP). Specifically, this course covers the various treatment options for rotator cuff related shoulder pain, which includes general exercise principles, progressive overload, graded exposure to shoulder exercise, and if or when injections or surgeries may be indicated. 

In addition to treatment options for rotator cuff related shoulder pain, Dr. Jeremy Lewis discusses the effect that unhealthy lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor sleep, stress, and poor nutrition can have on the outcome of rehabilitation, regardless of the treatment option chosen.

This course also discusses the Shape-Up-My-Shoulder (SUMS) rehabilitation program, including the timeline for stage progression when treating patients. Dr. Jeremy Lewis explains his clinical reasoning for this program, and how these situations may manifest in clinical scenarios.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will have an:

  1. Update on the understanding, assessment, and management of Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain.
  2. Understanding of healthcare sustainability



This orthopaedic physiotherapy course is designed for all clinicians looking to improve their clinical reasoning in an orthopaedic setting. This course will be especially helpful for healthcare professionals with a particular interest in assessing, treating, and gaining a deeper understanding of the shoulder.

The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Orthopaedic Division

The Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association helps our members improve their skills and service delivery through education, resources and networking.

With a reputation built on excellent instructors and a rigorous examination process, the Division offers tailored online e-learning, webinars, workshops, courses and practice resources for members at a reasonable cost and time commitment. Members learn from other practicing physiotherapists and stay current with a regularly updated curriculum and program delivery based on providing quality and modern treatment.

Dr. Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis is a Consultant Physiotherapist and Professor of Musculoskeletal Research (University of Nottingham, UK) and Professor of Physiotherapy (University of Limerick, Ireland). He was born in New Zealand and trained in Australia. He works in the UK National Health Service. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which is the highest award the CSP can offer. He has been acknowledged as an eminent clinician in his profession (UK Department of Health National AHP Clinical Expert Database).

Clinically, Jeremy assesses and supports people presenting with complex shoulder problems. Jeremy has also trained as a sonographer and performs ultrasound guided shoulder injections as part of the rehabilitation process if required and appropriate. He has also completed an MSc (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), and Postgraduate Diplomas in Sports Physiotherapy, and in Biomechanics, as well as MSc modules in injection therapy for soft tissues and joints. He also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging (Ultrasound). He has also qualified as an Independent (non-medical) Prescriber.

Jeremy has taught over 500 international workshops in over 45 countries and territories on this favourite clinical subject, the shoulder. He is frequently invited to present keynote and invited lectures internationally, has appeared on news programs and presented podcasts talking about shoulder problems. His research and publications have been picked up by international news organisations.

Course Material included in this course
  • Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain - An Update
  • Welcome!
  • Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain - Infographic
  • Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain - Handout
  • Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain - Additional Resources
  • So What is Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain (#RCRSP)?
  • We're Not Doing Enough Exercise
  • Overload
  • What Treatment for #RCRSP?
  • Surgical or Non-Surgical?
  • Shape-Up-My-Shoulder (#SUMS) Rehabilitation Program - Part 1
  • Shape-Up-My-Shoulder (#SUMS) Rehabilitation Program - Part 2
  • Summary
  • Questions
  • Solidify your learning - Quiz
  • What's next?
  • Bonus video: Rotator Cuff Shoulder Pain: Exercise is as effective as surgery.
  • Feedback
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Isometric Shoulder Internal Rotation
  • AAROM: Shoulder Flexion in Standing
  • Isometric Shoulder Flexion in Elbow Extension
  • Isometric Shoulder Abduction in Elbow Extension
  • Feet Elevated Push-Ups
  • Push Up with Hands Elevated
  • Isometric External Rotation
  • Push-Ups from Toes
  • AAROM: Shoulder Abduction

Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.

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