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Shoulder Essentials

Rotator Cuff-Related Pain

The Rotator Cuff-Related Pain online course is included FREE when you sign up for the Shoulder Essentials Practical Course. 

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The online course can be done as a stand-alone course. 

Rotator Cuff-Related Pain

Online Learning for the Busy Clinician.

Atraumatic rotator cuff-related pain is  one of the most common conditions seen by physiotherapists. The mismatch between pathology, healing, pain and function make it difficult to manage patient expectations for recovery.

This course provides an overview of current evidence and highlights key points to help the busy clinician understand the most important clinical concepts relating to pathoaetiology, differential diagnosis and rehabilitation of atraumatic rotator cuff-related pain to help you become confident in  managing patient expectations and providing effective rehabilitation.

What Is Covered In This Course?

    1. Where did you hear about this course?

    2. About you

    3. Shoulder Essentials Practical Course

    4. Welcome to the Course!

    5. Meet Your Instructor

    6. Download the Course eBook and Slide Handouts

    7. How To Use the Course Player

    1. Epidemiology and Risk Factors

    2. Video Presentation

    3. Epidemiology │ Quiz

    1. Pathoaetiology

    2. Video Presentation

    3. Pathoaetiology │ Quiz

    1. Natural History

    2. Video Presentation

    3. Natural History │ Quiz

    1. Diagnosis

    2. Video Presentation

    3. Diagnosis of RCRP │Quiz

About this course

  • $30.00
  • Learning Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Access: 12 months
  • Suitable for any MSK physiotherapist (incl. new/recent graduates)

Get confident in managing people with Rotator Cuff-Related Pain.

After this course you will be able to:

  • Understand why patient expectations is so important in managing rotator cuff-related pain.

  • Discuss epidemiology, risk factors, pathoaetiology and natural history of atraumatic rotator cuff tears.

  • Use clinical examination tests and x-ray and ultrasound imaging (where indicated) to make a differential diagnosis of RCRP.

  • Confidently manage care for people with RCRP according to Primary Care Clinical Pathways.

  • Discuss the role and use of corticosteroid injections in RCRP including indications, risks, benefits and expected effects.

  • Discuss evidence and outcomes of non-surgical management including time-frames for recovery in RCRP.

  • Describe the components of physiotherapy management and principles for functional strengthening and exercise prescription in RCRP.

  • Identify which patients need orthopaedic referral.

Learning Activities in This Course

  • Course eBooks

    17 pages of course slides, text and references in one handy document for you to download and keep as a clinical reference guide.

  • Video Presentations

    Lunchtime Learning! Engaging videos presented in microlearning modules for the busy clinician. Learn at your own pace and pick up where you left off.

  • Quiz

    Interactive, formative quiz assessments testing key points with explanations to enhance your learning.

  • Reference articles

    Downloadable open-source research articles for extended learning.


Rotator Cuff-Related Pain


Fantastic online course which was further enhanced by the Shoulder Essentials practical course soon after. It has changed my assessment and treatment approaches for the better. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us Angela :-)

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Dr Angela Cadogan

Dip Phys, M.Sports Physio, Dip MT, PhD
Physiotherapy Specialist (Musculoskeletal).

Angela is a NZ registered Physiotherapy Specialist (Musculoskeletal) with a Ph.D in Musculoskeletal Diagnostics from AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) (shoulder sub-specialty). Based in Christchurch, she works as a clinical consultant in her own private practice specialising in the diagnosis and management of shoulder pain.

Angela also works in an Orthopaedic Triage and Assessment role (Shoulder Service) with the Canterbury District Health Board. Angela has an ongoing research interest in shoulder conditions, has many publications on the topic, has been an invited keynote speaker at many national and international shoulder conferences and is Associate Editor at JOSPT (Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy).

Angela has been teaching courses on the diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of shoulder conditions for over 10 years and is passionate about upskilling other physiotherapists and improving capability of the physiotherapy workforce to meet the needs of the changing healthcare system. Angela is the director of Physio Academy. Learn more: