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Rehabilitation of the Burned Shoulder: Evaluation and Interventions







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About the Course

The shoulder is a complex and highly mobile joint, and its proper function is essential for accomplishing a wide range of activities of daily living. Unfortunately, after a burn injury, scar contracture can cause pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion. In addition, severe scar contracture and the accumulated effect of immobilization, compensatory movements or posture caused by pain can pull the shoulder joint out of its normal position, resulting in more permanent deformity and further limiting shoulder mobility. Understanding how to evaluate the burned shoulder to correctly identify problems and their cause, as well as select targeted interventions to achieve the best outcome possible is crucial when dealing with upper extremity burns.

This course will present methods to evaluate the burned shoulder, as well as discuss the various rehabilitation interventions (exercises, positioning, pressure therapy, ADL training, etc.), to allow therapists to evaluate and treat shoulder problems after burns more accurately.

Course objectives

After this training, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the methods for evaluating the shoulder to identify abnormal scapulo-humeral rhythm.

  • Explain the principle intervention methods to address post-burn shoulder issues, including posture correction, tissue softening, muscle strengthening, pressure therapy, ADL training, etc.

Course content

  • Clinical presentation of post-burn abnormal scapulo-humeral rhythm and evaluation methods.

  • Rehabilitation interventions to deal with post-burn abnormal scapulo-humeral rhythm

  • Pressure therapy consideration for the burned shoulder.

  • ADL Functional Training and Use of Assistive Devices for Shoulders Post-Burns


The following evaluations will be done:

  • Pre-test to assess the level of basic knowledge of the participants.

  • Mini quiz after each lesson to review the key points of the lesson.

  • Post-test to evaluate the improvement of the knowledge of the participants.

Approval criteria:

  • Completion of all course elements within the allotted time period.

  • Post-test score of 80% and above.

The participant will need to complete all learning activities before the end of the training, after that date the participant will no longer have access to the course content and the learning record will be marked as "incomplete".

Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a certificate of completion.

This course is for

Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists working in burns.

Other burn professionals interested in learning more about this topic.



Ching-Yuan LIN

Ching-Yuan LIN

Vita Yu-Hsien TU

Vita Yu-Hsien TU
Shiou-Han YANG

Shiou-Han YANG

Course requisite

Completion of Rehabilitation of the Burned Shoulder: Introduction and Basic Concepts is highly recommended.

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