Orthopaedic Division Clinical Update – The Shoulder


A Note From the Editors

Vol 32 no 1 – january 2019: The shoulder

Happy New Year to all of our Orthopedic Division members!

We hope you have all had safe and happy holidays, and are ready to jump into 2019.
January marks our first edition of the revamped Orthopedic Division Review (ODR), which will now be known as the Orthopedic Division Clinical Update (ODCU). Our vision is to provide our readers with access to valuable information that you can take away and apply into your daily clinical practice.


Chair Report

Happy New Year! I hope you and yours had a restful, happy and healthy holiday.

We are excited to release the first Orthopaedic Division Clinical Update (ODCU) of 2019, this is the first edition of the new ODR format, we hope you enjoy it.


Article Summaries

Factors associated with PT outcomes in shoulder pain

Most valuable shoulder examination tests

Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy – Clinical Pearls

Shoulder Impingement: What are the best tests?

Symptomatic atraumatic degenerative rotator cuff tears (SADRC)

Videos: Rotator Cuff Protocol 1

This protocol has been trialed clinically in patients with symptomatic atraumatic degenerative rotator cuff disease including partial thickness tears and full thickness tears. It is modified from the Watson multidirectional instability exercise program and planned by Lynn Watson. There is an upcoming randomized controlled trial study.


Case Study

Mrs. R is a 37 year old female athlete presenting with acute right shoulder pain which started after two consecutive days of trapeze training. The pain is described as a constant deep ache in the anterior-lateral shoulder joint. Pain is worse with activity and at night. Aggravating activities include raising her arm above her head, reaching behind her back and gripping.