Adhesive capsulitis is one of the most challenging shoulder disorders encountered by the rehabilitation specialist. The traditional rehabilitation approach has universally emphasized aggressive stretching/ passive range of motion and joint mobilizations. As with lower back pain, a classification- based approach has been proposed to help clinicians design a proper rehabilitation program, establish an accurate prognosis and deliver optimal interventions through an individualized approach. This evidence-based approach represents a relatively recent paradigm shift in the treatment of adhesive capsulitis. This course will also discuss the pathophysiology, risk factors and the clinical vs. medical diagnosis of adhesive capsulitis. Video-based manual therapy techniques, including joint mobilizations and soft tissue mobilizations, with specific indications, will be presented. The level of evidence for interventions including joint mobilizations, stretches, therapeutic exercise, cortisone injections, modalities and patient education will be reviewed. Finally, self- management strategies will be provided to compliment rehabilitation interventions

This is an intermediate level webinar.

Course Objectives

  • Identify treatment guidelines for each of the 3 sub-components of the tissue-response classification system for adhesive capsulitis.
  • Identify 2 clinical findings for each of the 3 sub-components of the tissue-response classification system for adhesive capsulitis.
  • Identify the 4 pathophysiological stages of adhesive capsulitis.
  • Identify 5 risk factors for adhesive capsulitis.

Course Agenda

  • 8:00 – Functional Anatomy
  • 8:05 – Clinical - Medical Definition
  • 8:07 – Classification
  • 8:09 – Risk Factors
  • 8:14 – Pathoanatomical Features
  • 8:19 – 4 Stage Clinical Presentation
  • 8:24 – Tissue Response Classification
  • 8:34 – Clinical Interventions
  • 9:30 – Q/A Session and Conclusion



Dr McCabe is a clinician, researcher, and educator with 25 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He is currently the director of human performance at the Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, NY. His role at Gabreski includes overseeing injury prevention, performance and rehabilitation services for all military personnel. He has extensive experience in the treatment of patients with orthopedic and sports-related conditions. including recreational, elite and professional athletes. He previously worked at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Andrews Institute, where he worked under Dr. James Andrews. Bob received his transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University and a master’s degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in health science from Cortland University. Bob is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S) and an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (O.C.S). He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (F.M.S) and the Selective Functional Movement Screes (S.F.M.A) and is completing his certification in manual therapy through Evidence in Motion. He has advance training and coursework in Graston instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations, EXOS performance training system, Active Release Therapy and the McKenzie Method to Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). Bob has published several research studies in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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