Mastering the Shoulder Series
Advanced Courses & Masterclasses

Masterclasses - Expert Examination

Special Tests, Diagnostic Bets & Complex Cases

Masterclass Introduction

LIMITED AVAILABILITY -  Don't miss this Masterclass!

Expert Examination is for all physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals seeking an in-depth understanding of the shoulder. Patients may be seeking a second opinion, have failed to improve or need to make a surgical / non-surgical decision. An accurate examination and correct interpretation of imaging results - commonly x-ray, US or MRI - will be critical in providing expert advice to your patient.

Some key clinical questions:

Some teachers choose to divide the shoulder into broad diagnostic groups such as the weak shoulder, the unstable or stiff shoulder. These categories can provide basic treatment direction but are insufficient for managing labral tears, partial thickness cuff tears, calcific tendinopathy, acute inflammatory bursitis and more. 

This Masterclass will review the ActiveShoulder screening examination, special tests and combinations, diagnostic accuracy and reliability, understanding imaging of the shoulder and differential diagnosis.

Masterclass Topics


University degree in rehabilitation or medicine

Who Should Attend?

All Physiotherapists
Sports Physicians 
Occupational Therapists
Athletic Therapists


Masterclass Fees

Early Bird* Regular
$445 CAD $525 CAD

*Early Bird pricing in effect until 30 days prior to the event unless otherwise noted.

Register for Expert Examination

Full Day Program

8:00 am Registration
8:30 am
Examination of the Shoulder
  • Ideal screening examination for the shoulder complex
  • Examination practice, understanding the tests and correct technique
9:45 am Break
10:00 am
Special Tests of the Shoulder
  • Confirming your diagnosis!
  • Rotator cuff tests - basics, provocative tests and weighted checks
  • Adhesive capsulitis, OA tests - key measurements
  • Subacromial testing - bursal, tendinopathy or cuff?
  • GH Instability & Labral testing - instability progression & key tests
  • Scapular dyskinesis - what is the current gold standard?
11:30 am Break
11:40 am
Combining Special Tests
  • Correct test combinations - recommended special tests
  • Interpreting test combinations - building your diagnostic confidence in the shoulder
  • Metrics for test combinations - can you support your diagnosis objectively?
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Understanding Imaging
  • Plain films, US, MRI and CT - what you need to know clinically!
  • Ideal Reporting - what's important, what to check and is it correct?
    Interpretation of imaging and determining clinical significance
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm
Differentials of the Shoulder
  • Common, uncommon and rare diagnoses of the shoulder - how many do you know?
  • Build your diagnostic skills and treatment options!
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm
Case Study Discussions
  • Complex case discussions - advanced primary care for the shoulder.
5:15 pm Course Feedback / Certificates
5:30 pm Finish

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