Clinical Presentations of Shoulder Pain
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 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.
- Section 1: Subacromial / Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain
- Section 2: Glenohumeral Joint Instability
- Section 3: Capsular / Joint Disorders of the Shoulder
- Section 4: Differential Diagnosis
- Section 5: Predicting Prognosis
- Section 6: Final Tasks
Course aimsThe 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.
Hours of learning
Completing this course will involve approximately 5 hours of learning activities. These will be delivered in 6 sections that can be completed on a participant’s own schedule.
This course is divided into 6 sections. No deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of the course 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.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and PP+ points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them to the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world, the more we all engage the more we all learn!
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 PP+ points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Types of activitiesReading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
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
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate you will need to:
- Be part of the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture.
- Log as completed all the required learning activities (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.