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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:
- Subacromial / Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain
- Glenohumeral Joint Instability
- Capsular / Joint Disorders of the Shoulder
- Differential Diagnosis
- Predicting Prognosis
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.
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 4-6 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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 5 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
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
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
This course was submitted for accreditation with the SASP. You can start and finish this course and download the certificate at a later stage.
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT001/2021/012 (5 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 4.09 CCUs.
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Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Physiotherapy Board of NZ. All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – Montana
The State Board does not pre-approve any activities or sponsors for CE credits. Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development as Category B activities.
United States – States accepting accreditation from other States
Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia
The state board of physical therapy accepts courses accredited by other States. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development based on the Texas Physical Therapy Association accreditation - please check with your state board.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Utah, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
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!
Physiotherapist, South Africa
This is a great course to get on top of shoulder conditions!
Physiotherapist, Antigua And Barbuda
Very instructive course with a lot of exciting learning content that is relevant to practice
Very instructive course with a lot of exciting learning content that is relevant to practice!
Olof R Bjarnadottir
I highly recommend all physios do this course to refresh their knowledge of the shoulder