This course starts with a review of the principles of shoulder examination. Following this, there is a review of the evidence for orthopaedic special tests of the shoulder and explore when it is appropriate to use them. Next, the course covers shoulder pain and the importance of recognising the differences between acute and chronic pain, and the implications for assessment and management of the patient. Finally outcome measures and diagnostic imaging complete the assessment puzzle.
Assessment of the shoulder requires a thorough systematic examination to develop a hypothesis that informs our treatment planning. It is only through a complete and systematic assessment that good clinical reasoning and accurate differential diagnosis can take place. A good working hypothesis depends on knowledge of functional anatomy, an accurate patient history, diligent observation and a thorough examination. Findings from this assessment will guide appropriate management interventions. We also need to be able to recognise any red flags for potential serious conditions that may need onward referral.
- Section 1: Shoulder assessment
- Section 2: Orthopaedic Special Tests
- Section 3: Pain – what do we need to know?
- Section 4: Outcome Measures
- Section 5: Diagnostic Imaging
- Section 6: Final Tasks
Course aimsTo be able to perform a comprehensive assessment on an individual with shoulder pain or injury and evaluate the information gathered from the assessment to formulate a likely hypothesis.
Hours of learning
Completing this course will involve approximately 4 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 4 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:
- Discuss the role of orthopaedic special tests in the assessment of individuals with shoulder pain.
- Recognise two presentations of shoulder pain that require onward medical referral
- Recognise two presentations that would indicate the need for onward referral for diagnostic imaging
- Select two validated outcome measures to use with 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.