Online Course: Introduction to the Shoulder
Develop a good knowledge of shoulder structure and function, epidemiology and age-related changes.
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Physiotherapists possess a wide range of clinical skills that can be integrated across a variety of shoulder complaints and surgical contexts. Thus it is useful to have an understanding of the epidemiology, prevalence, and incidence of shoulder conditions. Whether acting as a first contact practitioner or in a rehabilitation capacity following injury or surgery, for any presenting shoulder complaint it is important to have a strong knowledge of functional anatomy and biomechanics, and how these differ with age, in order to optimise an individual’s return to function. Currently, there are no generally applied criteria for the various diagnostic labels for shoulder pain, but understanding the different classification systems that have been suggested can help our clinical reasoning processes to contribute towards the optimal management of individuals with shoulder pain. Initially this course will explore the epidemiology of shoulder injuries globally and locally within your community allowing you to assess the impact of injuries to the shoulder in your individual context. This is followed by a review of shoulder structure and function which ensures a good foundation of knowledge for effective clinical reasoning. Age-related differences can have an impact on clinical reasoning, which will be explored in the paediatric and older populations. Finally the currently used classification systems for individuals with shoulder pain will be covered and how you might utilise these in your practice.
The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the structure and function of the shoulder, to explore epidemiology, prevalence, and incidence of shoulder pain, investigate age-related differences, and to identify classification systems currently available to start the clinical reasoning process.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Epidemiology of Shoulder Pain & Injury
- Shoulder Structure & Function
- Age-Related Differences in the Shoulder
- Shoulder Pain: The Dilemma of Diagnosis
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 the epidemiological factors that influence shoulder pain in relation to firstly, global populations and secondly, their local context.
- Describe at least four ways in which the structure and biomechanics of the shoulder contributes to function.
- Discuss how age can influence clinical reasoning in the paediatric shoulder and the older adult shoulder.
- Recognise four methods for classification of shoulder pain.
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT001/2021/036 (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 8.9 CCUs.
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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 – States not requiring accreditation
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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 was a nice course, plenty of knowledge and well-equipped with updated knowledge for new clinicians
Physiotherapist, South Africa
This was my first online course through Physioplus. It is interactive, interesting and great video clips. Thanks for a well-put together course!
Shraddha Khialani Daryanani
I think Physioplus is a great platform to upgrade one's knowledge and skills. It is strongly backed up with research and evidence based practice. Its very systematically done and the activities encourages one to read, write and reflect on all our learnings.
Nyiko Ann Khosa
Physiotherapist, South Africa
This is a course worth doing. Very informative and packed with different resources on the shoulder. I'm looking forward to continuing with the shoulder series
It is a great introduction to the shoulder complex for both students and clinicians alike
Physical Therapist, United States
This course is highly recommended. Though I work with shoulder patients nearly daily, the anatomy, pathology, and developmental reviews are invaluable to my practice.
Really instructive course with lots of important information for the practice!
This course is an excellent way to improve and build your knowledge. It is interactive and educational and is a great way of improving your skills.
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
This is a very good course to take especially for anyone needing informed and evidence based practices on shoulder pain management.
Physiotherapist, New Zealand
I am a return to practice Physio. I'm still awaiting a start date for my clinical refreshment. This online learning has proved to be a very useful tool to prepare in advance of any placement. I have been away from the profession for 15 years, so it is paramount that I bring myself up to date with all current thinking. I have found these courses invaluable.