ASC Orthopedic Shoulder Course I

The Level I course offers two days of key instruction related to specific problems of the glenohumeral joint. A full review of key anatomy and pathology of the joint presented with relevant examination and diagnostic techniques. We will examine the various pathologies affecting the glenohumeral joint with an emphasis on tendinopathy, bursitis, stiffness and major instabilities. X-ray and ultrasound evaluation will be discussed along with imaging methods and information necessary for improved rehabilitation outcomes.

The Level I course includes a detailed course manual and certificate of completion.

Key objectives and learning outcomes:

  1. Learn key points related to surface anatomy, gross anatomy and pathology of the glenohumeral joint.
  2. Demonstrate a simple structural examination of the shoulder.
  3. Appreciate sectional examination for cuff tendinopathies and motion loss in the shoulder.
  4. Understand how to classify cuff tendinopathies and apply appropriate treatment progressions and modifications.
  5. Acknowledge the different biceps pathologies affecting the shoulder region.
  6. Learn methods for differentiating and treating the stiff and painful shoulder.
  7. Appreciate the different treatment options for acute and chronic bursitis.
  8. Learn the treatment options for acute and chronic shoulder dislocations and key indicators for return to sport.
  9. Evaluate simply shoulder x-rays and understand US terminology and interpretation.

Lectures, demonstration and practical components covering:

  • Functional anatomy and pathology of the shoulder.
  • Simplified assessment of the shoulder for consistency and time management.
  • Differential diagnosis of glenohumeral pathologies.
  • Understand xray and ultrasound findings of the shoulder.
  • Differentiating and treating the stiff and painful shoulder.
  • Treating common tendinopathies and bursitis of the shoulder.
  • Current management and rehabilitation choices for shoulder dislocations.
  • Bracing and taping techniques for shoulder dislocations.



  • None. Open to all health care professionals including physiotherapy students.

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