This module is available as part of the Shoulder Academy membership at a discounted price. 

In this module, you will learn the difference between traumatic and atraumatic shoulder instability using clinical examination and imaging. You will learn about evidence-based, non-surgical management including physiotherapy rehabilitation for glenohumeral instability, and know who to refer for orthopaedic evaluation

This module contains 3 lessons:

1. Classification of Shoulder Instability

Accurate classification of shoulder instability is essential in determining appropriate management, and whether imaging or orthopaedic referral required.  

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Classification of traumatic and atraumatic shoulder instability
  • Pathoaetiology and mechanisms of traumatic and atraumatic instability
  • Pathological basis of the clinical presentations in shoulder instability

2. Diagnosis of Shoulder Instability

Traumatic and atraumatic instability differ in the structural and neuromuscular mechanisms. An accurate diagnosis is required to ensure appropriate treatment is provided.

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Pathological basis for clinical presentations of shoulder instability
  • Clinical diagnosis of shoulder instability
  • Imaging diagnosis of shoulder instability
  • Orthopaedic referral criteria

3. Management of Shoulder Instability

Non-surgical management forms the basis of treatment for many patients with instability. In this lesson you will learn about specific neuromuscular impairments and their management in shoulder instability.  

Study time: 9  hrs (approx.)

This module includes....

  • Video presentations

    Engaging audiovisual video presentation.

  • Slide handouts and manual

    Download and keep a copy of the slide handouts. Course manual contains references and links to other learning resources.

  • Quiz

    Test your understanding and find areas for review.

  • Study Time

    9 hours (3 hrs per lesson)

  • CPD Certificate Provided

    Download your CPD certificate on completion.

  • Access to online course

    12 months


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: