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Thawing Out: Treatment Strategies for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome - OT20

Thawing Out: Treatment Strategies for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

by Anne Ahlman, MPT
(4.4 / 612 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Adhesive capsulitis, otherwise known as frozen shoulder syndrome (FSS), is encountered frequently by physical and occupational therapists who treat patients in orthopedic settings. This extremely painful shoulder disorder impairs active and passive range of motion, strength, and function to the degree that a patient may be completely unable to use the affected extremity. The goal of this program is to help therapists identify the etiology, presentation, and treatments associated with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder.


The goal of this adhesive capsulitis continuing education program is to help physical and occupational therapists identify the etiology, presentation and treatments associated with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder, commonly known as frozen shoulder syndrome [FSS]). After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the etiology and risk factors associated with FSS
  • Demonstrate an understanding of therapy techniques appropriate to the treatment of FSS
  • Explain the most frequently used medical management strategies for patients with FSS
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including occupational therapists and physical therapists.
Occupational Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 4/22/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/22/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/22/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Donna W - Beaumont, TX  ·  Jul 23, 2019
I am currently treating a patient with FSS and it was very helpful to allow more problem solving.
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Marlo W - austin, TX  ·  Jul 17, 2019
great introductory course for FSS
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Sean P - Nicholson, PA  ·  Jun 27, 2019
Good , to the point descriptions of: symptoms, interventions, techniques.
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LUKE M - Hendersonville, NC  ·  May 27, 2019
So awesome, it couldn't be more awesome, its an acutual useful course for therapists on this site.
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Irina A - Rego Park , NY  ·  Mar 31, 2019
Great information this course provided. Short and to The point which was very educating for an outpatiemt based therapist provider.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50