Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Rehabilitation Concepts for Occupational Therapists

Presented by John V. Rider, MS, OTR/L, MSCS, CEAS, CPAM

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Course Description

Shoulder joint arthroplasties (i.e., shoulder replacements) were first performed in the U.S. in the 1950s. Advancements have led to new surgical techniques, better prostheses, a broader patient population, and improved post-surgical outcomes. This course will provide attendees with a review of traditional total shoulder arthroplasties and evidence-based rehabilitation guidelines to ensure optimal functional recovery.
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Meet Your Presenter

John (Johnny) Rider is an Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada and a PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studying Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. He has worked with clients across the lifespan in home health, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation settings. He has completed advanced practice training in joint replacement rehabilitation and presented on upper extremity orthopedic conditions such as scapular dyskinesis, upper crossed syndrome, and shoulder arthroplasties.


  • Therapy Insights is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 00810. This webinar is offered at 1 CEU. Intermediate, Foundational Knowledge.

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe relevant anatomy of the shoulder joint.
  2. Describe the total shoulder arthroplasty surgical procedure and associated post-operative rehabilitation precautions.
  3. Describe the key principles in shoulder arthroplasty rehabilitation including expected outcomes and evidence-based rehabilitation guidelines.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Overview of shoulder anatomy
  • 0:10 - Overview of the glenohumeral joint
  • 0:15 - Overview of total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA)
  • 0:30 - Overview of TSA surgical procedure
  • 0:50 - Value of OT in TSA rehabilitation
  • 0:55 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter.

Target Audience

Occupational therapists working with clients who are recovering from total shoulder arthroplasty.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until October 21, 2025.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is employed by Touro University Nevada.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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