Lesson Overview

Includes CPD Certificate

The sternoclavicular joint can be affected by a wide range of primary pathologies, and is involved in a number of systemic disease processes. Differential diagnosis is critical in identifying red flags and guiding appropriate medical and non-surgical management.

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Anatomy & pathoaetiology of SC joint conditions including red flag conditions.
  • Classification and natural history.
  • Clinical diagnosis.
  • Diagnostic investigations.
  • Non-surgical management.
  • Referral Criteria.

Learning Activities:
  • Pre-reading article (1)
  • Video presentation (32 mins)
  • Quiz

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this lesson you will be able to:

  • Describe the pathoaetiology and natural history of conditions that affect the sternoclavicular (SC) joint.
  • Discuss the clinical diagnosis of SC joint conditions.
  • Describe imaging indications and appropriate imaging modalities for SC joint conditions.
  • Understand and appropriately apply non-operative management for SC joint conditions.
  • List the criteria for orthopaedic referral.

Study Time:
Approx. 3 hours

Lesson curriculum

    1. Welcome

    2. How to use this course

    3. Copyright Warning Notice

    4. About you

    1. Manual

    2. Pre-Reading

    3. Video Presentation

    1. The Sternoclavicular Joint | Quiz

    1. Before you go...

About this course

  • $50.00
  • 9 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content


Dr Angela Cadogan

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

Angela is a NZ registered Physiotherapy Specialist (Musculoskeletal). Angela has a Ph.D in Musculoskeletal Diagnostics from AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) with a sub-specialty in the diagnosis and management of shoulder pain.

She is based in Christchurch, New Zealand where she works as a clinical consultant in her own physiotherapy practice and in a diagnostic Orthopaedic Triage role (Shoulder) with the Canterbury District Health Board. Angela has an ongoing research interest in shoulder conditions and has been an invited keynote speaker at many national and international shoulder conferences.

Angela is the Director of Physio Academy and runs her own online and in-person courses to help upskill other physiotherapists in the assessment and management of the shoulder. For more information visit www.drangelacadogan.co.nz.