Management of Rotator Cuff Pathology and Proximal Humeral Fractures - Conservative and Operative Considerations

Date/Time: Fri, October 2, 2020 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


This course will interweave surgeon and therapist perspective in the study of the management of rotator cuff pathology and proximal humeral fractures. Specifically, the surgeon and therapist will discuss, in detail, the rational and value of select topics relating to these conditions. The course will be presented in friendly didactic format in which surgeon and therapist will take turns presenting content and fielding questions. Salient surgical topics to be considered:

1. When to order imaging?
2. What imaging to order?
3. What are the common findings related to rotator cuff tendinosis and proximal humeral fractures?
4. When to administer cortisone/PPR injections?
5. When to refer to therapy?

Salient therapy topics to be considered:

1. The shoulder evaluation and historical patterns of postural pathology.
2. A/AA/PROM and resistance: a day in the life of the patient; what are they actually doing?
3. A/AA/PROM patterning for postural success and pain-free functional movement.
4. Evidence-based exercise prescription: exercise to employee; activity to avoid.
5. Case illustrations: aligning patient expectations with functional outcomes.


  • Identify rationale for ordering rotator cuff and proximal humeral fracture imaging.

  • Recognize and discuss the common findings related to rotator cuff and proximal fractures.

  • Identify and discuss evaluation techniques and evidence-based exercise following rotator cuff and proximal humeral fractures.