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Traumatic Shoulder Instability

Online Learning for the Busy Clinician.

Latest evidence relating to the pathomechanics, clinical and imaging diagnosis, rehabilitation and referral criteria for traumatic shoulder instability.  

Traumatic shoulder instability can have a profound impact on an athlete's performance and career. Recurrent dislocations can end careers and can have a significant impact on the jobs and daily lives of many young people.

This course is designed to help you accurately diagnose, appropriately refer and comprehensively rehabilitate people with traumatic shoulder instability and to understand the importance of collaborative practice in the return-to-sport planning phase. 

The short microlearning modules are designed to fit into your busy schedule and contain downloadable resources for future clinical reference. Sharpen your practica skills in the Shoulder Essentials practical course. 

What Is Covered In This Course?

    1. Where did you hear about this course?

    2. Shoulder Essentials Practical Course

    3. Welcome to the Course!

    4. Meet Your Instructor

    5. About you

    6. Download the Course eBook and Slide Handouts

    7. How To Use the Course Player

    1. Pathomechanics

    2. Video Presentation

    3. Pathomechanics │ Quiz

    1. Diagnosis

    2. Video Presentation

    3. Diagnosis │ Quiz

    1. Management

    2. Video Presentation

    3. Management │ Quiz

    1. Rehabilitation

    2. Video Presentation

    3. Rehabilitation │Quiz

About this course

  • $25.00
  • Learning Time: 1 hour
  • Access: 12 months
  • Suitable for any MSK physiotherapist (incl. new/recent graduates)

Get confident in managing people with Traumatic Shoulder Instability.

After this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between traumatic and atraumatic instability and what this means for treatment.

  • Describe how common injury mechanisms lead to specific structural lesions following traumatic anterior and posterior instability.

  • Describe common bony, soft tissue and neurovascular complications following traumatic anterior instability and how to test for these.

  • Describe the subjective features and objective tests with highest accuracy for traumatic instability lesions.

  • Appropriately refer for x-ray, ultrasound and understand the utility of MR imaging for traumatic shoulder instability.

  • Identify which patients need urgent orthopaedic review, and describe clinical care pathways including early and later orthopaedic referral criteria.

  • Understand the current evidence for sling immobilisation and the rationale behind the sequential components of rehabilitation.

  • Collaborate effectively with the athlete and medical/performance team in a shared decision-making context in the return-to-sport planning process.

Learning Activities in This Course

  • Course eBooks

    15 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 home or at work when you have a DNA. Start, stop anytime and pick up where you left off.

  • Quiz

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

  • Reference articles

    Downloadable open-source research articles for extended learning.

Start learning now!

You're only 1 hour away from understanding the essentials of managing traumatic shoulder instability. Start now!

Shoulder Essentials

The Traumatic Shoulder Instability online course is included FREE when you sign up for the Shoulder Essentials Practical Course. 

 Click here to find out more about the practical course

In the Shoulder Essentials practical course we cover all the practical assessment and rehabilitation planning and exercise progression skills discussed in the online course.         

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

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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: