Online Course
Sternoclavicular Joint Dysfunction
An assessment and management plan for the sternum and clavicle articulation

3-3.5 hours





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Ian Horsley
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Lead Physiotherapist in the North West for the English Institute of Sport, and the clinical director of Back In Action Rehabilitation

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The Sternoclavicular joint is the only skeletal articulation between the axial skeleton and the upper limb. Despite its importance, it is often ignored in the physiotherapy assessment and management of shoulder pain. A minor dysfunction of the sternoclavicular joint can be manifested as a major shoulder and arm dysfunction and pain. This course explores the anatomy, biomechanics, assessment, and management of the sternoclavicular joint.


Assessment and treatment of the Sternoclavicular joint based on understanding the biomechanics in relation to the scapula and shoulder movement


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

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

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 3-3.5 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 3 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 the surface anatomy of the sternoclavicular joint
  • differentiate between the different signs and symptoms of the most common sternoclavicular joint pathologies
  • describe the sternoclavicular joint movement in relation to the scapula and shoulder movement
  • plan the assessment and management of a patient with sternoclavicular joint dysfunction

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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

Featured reviews
The inclusion of recent studies to support the best rehabilitation method and the detailed yet simple explanations of the injuries allow for an easier understanding of the injuries and the best method of therapy.
Aoife Fleming
Wow! This course was very complete, covering all types of injuries or conditions involving the SCJ. I enjoyed learning the material.
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