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Clinical Presentations of Shoulder Pain
Explore how pain presents in the shoulder

7.5-8 hours





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The shoulder joint is an extremely flexible joint which allows us to move the arm in all directions. This wide range of joint movement means the shoulder is very susceptible to injury and there are several conditions that commonly present in the shoulder. It’s useful to have an understanding of these conditions as it may help our clinical reasoning processes and allow us to more effectively hypothesise about the cause of shoulder pain in an individual as well as inform the management strategies that we utilise for each individual. This course explores four most common causes of shoulder pain and impairment: rotator cuff / subacromial related, capsular related, glenohumeral instability, and acromioclavicular joint disease.  Clinical reasoning skills to differentiate between these presentations will be covered, as well as understanding what affects prognosis including psychosocial factors that affect shoulder pain.


The aim of this course is to explore common shoulder conditions and become familiar with the related pain presentations, to be able to differentiate between them and predict prognosis.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Subacromial / Rotator Cuff  Related Shoulder Pain
  2. Glenohumeral Joint Instability
  3. Capsular / Joint Disorders of the Shoulder
  4. Differential Diagnosis
  5. Predicting Prognosis

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 7.5-8 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 7.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe three common conditions of the shoulder
  • use information gained in the subjective assessment to hypothesise two possible causes of shoulder pain
  • analyse information gained in the assessment to identify objective tests to differentially diagnose between two common causes of shoulder pain
  • identify two factors that will lead to poor prognostic outcome for individuals with shoulder pain


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course was great and has helped me as a physio to deepen my understanding of the shoulder as well as changing my practice to incorporate other aspects of the body and including the 1st rib/clavicle/thoracic spine in treating my shoulder pathologies. thanks you!
Todd Stone
This is a great course to get on top of shoulder conditions!
Shelley Mason
South Africa
Very instructive course with a lot of exciting learning content that is relevant to practice
Schweizer Guy
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Very instructive course with a lot of exciting learning content that is relevant to practice!
Schweizer Guy
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I highly recommend all physios do this course to refresh their knowledge of the shoulder
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