Shoulder Disorder Diagnosis, Management & Treatment Course

March 2, 2017

West Haverstraw, NY – Dr. Donald W. Earley, OTD, MA, OTR/L will present the course “Diagnosis, Management and Evidence-Based Treatment for Shoulder Disorders” at Helen Hayes Hospital on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8am to 3:30pm.  The course, designed for physical and occupational therapists, therapist assistants, hand therapists, athletic trainers, kinesiotherapists, rehabilitation, sports medicine and other professionals, will focus on the evaluation and treatment of patients with shoulder dysfunction, one of the most pervasive orthopedic conditions attended to by today’s clinicians.

The hands-on workshop will take attendees step-by-step through the pathoanatomy of the shoulder and the assessment of dysfunction utilizing case studies of recurring, complex shoulder problems. Current evidence-based interventions will be presented and analyzed for a variety of diagnoses, providing attendees with tools to evaluate and treat difficult shoulder problems more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Dr. Earley has over 20 years of experience as a licensed and certified occupational therapist working in both medical and community-based practice. He performs hand and upper extremity orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, operates a clinic treating adult stroke patients, and has designed and implemented programs for Easterseals since 2002. Dr. Early is an associate professor at Saginaw Valley State University, where he is chair and program director of the occupational therapy department. He has presented nationally on shoulder and hand conditions, as well as other topics, and has published extensively in professional publications including the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy International.

Registration and course fee of $149 is due by April 26, 2017. The course meets the criteria for 0.6 AOTA CEUs (6.0 contact hours) for occupational therapists; 7.2 contact hours for physical therapists as approved by the NYS Education Department Office of the Professions Board for Physical Therapy; and a maximum of 6 credit/contact hours for athletic trainers, kinesiotherapists, hand therapists, rehabilitation, sports medicine and other professionals. For more information or to register, contact Colleen Connaughton, PT, DPT: 845-786-4617 or

Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading specialty rehabilitation hospitals, providing a range of inpatient, outpatient and specialty care to individuals recovering from brain and spinal cord injury, amputation and stroke, as well as cardiopulmonary, orthopedic and neurological disorders. Founded in 1900, it is operated by the New York State Department of Health and is a member of The NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information, visit