This webinar was recorded on 10 June 2021

Cost: $20.00
Access: 14 days
Host: Dr Angela Cadogan

Shoulder pain is common in the older population. Physiotherapists are often asked to ‘manage’ shoulder pain for older people in residential care, and other settings where assessment and treatment of the shoulder can be affected by cognitive impairment, mobility impairment, medical and other physical comorbidities.  

Understanding the common shoulder conditions that affect this population and their natural history, how to modify your assessment to achieve a differential diagnosis, and what treatment interventions are available for specific conditions can help manage pain and disability in this group. In addition to physiotherapy, injections and surgery can have a role and understanding the utility and referral criteria can help optimise outcomes for older people with shoulder pain.  

In this webinar,  Angela discusses:

  • Common shoulder conditions that affect the older population
  • Shoulder assessment and how to modify this for specific patients
  • Differential diagnosis of common shoulder conditions
  • Physiotherapy treatment
  • Utility of injections
  • Orthopaedic referral criteria

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

  • Understand common condition affecting the older shoulder
  • Be able to perform a modified shoulder assessment of the older shoulder
  • Be able to make a differential diagnosis of glenohumeral osteoarthritis, rotator cuff and cervical spine referred pain
  • Understand pain management options for specific conditions
  • Be able to develop an appropriate physiotherapy treatment plan including advice on modifying the environment for specific patients.
  • Be able to list the criteria for orthopaedic referral.

Slide handouts and CPD certificates provided.

Study time: 1 hour



I found the information was not only valuable, but also very relevant for day to day patient treatments. I was able to put it to use by 8:30 on Friday morning!

Very useful course.

Very useful course. Targets a wide range of physiotherapists but still helpful for those who work in MSK regularly. Good duration. Helpful resources.


Working in community I find this to be such an issue. You provided really pragmatic and useful information. I was particularly encouraged to hear you encourage lower limb consideration. The holistic approach just great. Thank you

Great course


Great course, very knowledgeable speaker, and content spot on. Also will look forward to using some of the references and doing some more reading.

Such a treat


Such a treat to have across area presentation like this, we silo our knowledge too much as a profession, lets keep looking wide and far to best further our whole profession. Thank you!



Sometimes its great to be reminded of the realistic expectations for this group of patients as well as the available and limited treatment options.


I enjoyed this , good theory & very practical.



Very helpful showing diagnostic and relating to medical, surgical and physiotherapy treatments to each grouping. Great to understand the goals of treatment for each and importance to NOT treat with exs at times. Thanks


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