Differential Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain

This is the first module in Southern Musculoskeletal Seminars “Shoulder Series”. This topic will cover aspects of differential diagnosis of shoulder conditions.

The module consists of six lessons. Each lesson includes approx. 2 hours of learning time. Topics include:

  1. Red Flags
  2. Medical Screening
  3. Psychosocial Modifiers
  4. Cervical Spine and Neurological Examination
  5. Shoulder Imaging
  6. Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain

Online Learning Hours: approx. 2-3 hours per lesson (Total of 12-18 hours learning).

Learning time includes pre-reading, video presentations and lesson quiz.

Course Weekend: The course weekend for this module is combined with Module 2 (Stiff Shoulder). If you have registered, or intend to register for the course weekend, be aware that completion of the online module is a pre-requisite for attendance at the Course Weekend. Please see the SMS website for course weekend dates and registration details: www.musculoskeletal.courses/courses

(Note: The Module 1 course weekend has already been run in 2017. Check the SMS website for 2018 course dates).


The Stiff Shoulder

This is the second module in Southern Musculoskeletal Seminars “Shoulder Series”. This topic will cover "The Stiff Shoulder.

The module consists of 3 lessons followed by a quiz, that cover:

  1. Frozen Shoulder
  2. Glenohumeral joint Osteoarthritis
  3. Diagnosis of the Stiff Shoulder
  4. Management of the Stiff Shoulder

Online Learning Hours: 10 (approx.)

Learning hours include pre-reading, video presentations and the module quiz.

Course Weekend: The course weekend for this module is combined with the course weekend for Module 1. The course weekend is optional. If you have registered, or intend to register for the course weekend, be aware that completion of the online module is a pre-requisite for attendance at the Course Weekend. Please see the SMS website for course weekend dates and registration details: www.musculoskeletal.courses/courses 

(The weekend course has already been run in 2017. Check the SMS website for 2018 dates).


The Stiff Shoulder

This is the second module in Southern Musculoskeletal Seminars “Shoulder Series”. This topic will cover "The Stiff Shoulder.

The module consists of 3 lessons followed by a quiz, that cover:

  1. Frozen Shoulder
  2. Glenohumeral joint Osteoarthritis
  3. Diagnosis of the Stiff Shoulder
  4. Management of the Stiff Shoulder

Online Learning Hours: 10 (approx.)

Learning hours include pre-reading, video presentations and the module quiz.

Course Weekend: The course weekend for this module is combined with the course weekend for Module 1. The course weekend is optional. If you have registered, or intend to register for the course weekend, be aware that completion of the online module is a pre-requisite for attendance at the Course Weekend. Please see the SMS website for course weekend dates and registration details: www.musculoskeletal.courses/courses 

(The weekend course has already been run in 2017. Check the SMS website for 2018 dates).


The Unstable Shoulder

This is the third module in Southern Musculoskeletal Seminars “Shoulder Series”. This topic will cover "The Unstable Shoulder".

The module consists of 3 lessons followed by a quiz that will cover:

  1. Pathoaetiology and Classification of Shoulder Instability
  2. Diagnosis of Shoulder Instability
  3. Management of Shoulder Instability

Online Learning Hours: 10 (approx.)

Learning hours include: pre-reading, video presentations and quiz.

Course Weekend: The course weekend is optional. If you have registered, or intend to register for the course weekend, be aware that completion of the online module is a pre-requisite for attendance at the Course Weekend. Please see the SMS website for course weekend dates and registration details: www.musculoskeletal.courses/courses

(Note: The Module 3 course weekend has already been run in 2017. Check the SMS website for 2018 course dates).


Subacromial Conditions

This is the fourth module in Southern Musculoskeletal Seminars “Shoulder Series”. This topic will cover "Subacromial Conditions".

The module consists of 3 lessons followed by a quiz that will cover:

  1. Calcific Tendinosis
  2. Rotator Cuff Tears (traumatic & atraumatic)
  3. Massive Rotator Cuff Tears

Online Learning Hours: 12 (approx.)

Learning hours include: pre-reading, video presentations and quiz.

Course Weekend: The course weekend is optional. If you have registered, or intend to register for the course weekend, be aware that completion of the online module is a pre-requisite for attendance at the Course Weekend. Please see the SMS website for course weekend dates and registration details: www.musculoskeletal.courses/courses

This is the fifth and final module in Southern Musculoskeletal Seminars “Shoulder Series”. This topic covers Acromioclavicular Joint conditions.

The module consists of 2 lessons followed by a quiz that cover:

  1. AC Joint Instability
  2. Chronic AC Joint conditions (arthritis and osteolysis).

Online Learning Hours: 6-8 (approx.)

Learning hours include: pre-reading, video presentations and quiz.

Course Day: The course day for Module 5 will be held on Day 1 of the final course weekend (Weekend 4) with the real-time patient assessment taking place during the Patient Assessment Day on Day 2. You can register only for Day 1 if you wish. Completion of Module 5 is a pre-requisite for attendance at Day 1 of the Course Weekend.

The second day of the final course weekend (Weekend 4) consists of a full day of real-time patient assessments and treatment planning for the range of conditions covered during the Shoulder Course Series, including the AC joint. To register for Day 2 of the course weekend you must have completed a minimum of any two online modules.

Please see the SMS website for course weekend dates and registration details: www.musculoskeletal.courses/courses

Course Weekend 1 will cover material from Differential Diagnosis (Module 1) and The Stiff Shoulder (Module 2). Completion of the online lessons in Module 1 and Module 2 are required prior to attending the course. The weekend will be predominantly practical, and will include demonstration and practice of clinical tests, clinical reasoning exercises and patient assessments. The afternoon session on Day 2 will cover surgical management and post-operative rehabilitation of the Stiff Shoulder. Some course information is included below. 

The Unstable Shoulder

Completion of Online Module 3 is a pre-requisite for attendance at this course.

This course will be held on 23rd & 24th June 2018 at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, NZ. The weekend course will be a practical course during which we will cover:

  • Clinical assessment of the unstable shoulder
  • Assessment of neuromuscular function
  • Non-operative management of the unstable shoulder including specific rehabilitation exercises
  • Real-time patient case: Traumatic instability
  • Real-time patient case: Atraumatic instability
  • Surgical Management of Shoulder Instability (Mr Khalid Mohammed)
  • Post-operative Management of Shoulder Instability

Subacromial Conditions

Completion of Online Module 4 is a pre-requisite for attendance at this course.

This course will be held on 4th & 5th  August 2018 at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, NZ. The weekend course will be a practical course during which we will cover:

  • Clinical assessment of subacromial conditions
  • Differential diagnosis of subacromial conditions
  • Non-operative management of rotator cuff tears and calcific tendinosis
  • Surgical management of rotator cuff tears and calcific tendinosis (Mr Khalid Mohammed)
  • Post-operative rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair surgery

Acromioclavicular Joint Conditions

Completion of Online Module 5 is a pre-requisite for attendance at this course day.

The course day will be a practical course (Weekend 4) during which we will cover:

  • Clinical assessment of AC joint conditions
  • Differential diagnosis of AC joint conditions
  • Non-operative management of AC joint conditions
  • Surgical management of AC Joint conditions (Mr Khalid Mohammed)
  • Post-operative rehabilitation following AC joint surgery


The second day of this course weekend (Weekend 4) is dedicated to real-time patient assessments and treatment planning for a range of conditions covered in the Shoulder Course Series.