The Shoulder - Steps to Success

14 (Fri) and 15 (Sat) June 2024 08:45 - 16:30 (GMT)

Western General Hospital
Alexander Donald Building
Physiotherapy Department



This 2 days course will present a simple evidence-based approach to the management of shoulder pathology, which is immediately applicable in your clinical practice. It will consider current development in the literature and how they inform the key factors contributing to successful outcomes.

The specific rehabilitation approaches for: dynamic shoulder stability, kinetic chain control, shoulder stiffness, shoulder tendinopathy, culpritis etc will be discussed and accomplished by a practical workshop. These is highly practical course, which contains lots of rehabilitation tips !


  1. To present the current literature regarding dynamic stability of the shoulder complex and explore the application to clinical assessment and treatment.
  2. To present the current literature regarding the pathophysiology of common shoulder conditions and describe the impact on the dynamic stabilisers.
  3. To demonstrate key assessment tools to explore function of the dynamic stabilisers of the shoulder as a basis for treatment planning.
  4. To demonstrate key treatment approaches based on the current evidence to address movement dysfunction in the shoulder complex.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this two-day course the participant should;

  1. Understand current concepts of dynamic stability of the shoulder joint.
  2. Understand current theories relating to the pathophysiology of common shoulder conditions and their impact on dynamic stability of the shoulder joint.
  3. Develop an awareness of current research regarding evidence-based treatment of shoulder pathology.
  4. Understand key assessment and treatment tools for the successful treatment of the shoulder joint.
  5. Have the ability to clinically reason key treatment approaches in the management of common shoulder conditions.

Day 1

08.45 Registration

09.00 Setting the scene - the current state of play?

Why do we think the shoulder is so complicated?

10.30 Coffee

10.45 The Rotator Cuff & the Scapula: Partners in Crime?

Research versus reality and assessment dilemmas: Keeping it simple!

12.30 Lunch

13.30 The Kinetic Chain and Dynamic Slings

Putting the shoulder in context: It’s all about ‘normal movement’

15.00 Coffee

15.15 The Stiff Shoulder

Frozen or not? Differential diagnosis - can we? Can we do better than supervised neglect?

16.30 Finish

Day 2

09.00 What did we do yesterday? A quick recap

09.30 The irritable shoulder - where to start?

Acute causes of shoulder pain - when we can diagnose what does it mean to management?

10.30 Coffee

10.45 Irritable shoulder continued

11.20 Getting it right from the start:: Steps to Success

The power of language & communication.

12.45 Lunch

13.45 Shoulder Pain: Fit for Function!

Can't go wrong trying to get strong???

Debates, controversies and being sensible plus simple excercise progression.

14.45 Coffee

15.00 Problem Solving: When things don't go the way you plan!

Common culprits and a simple approach to problem solving

16.00 Finish

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Jo Gibson (MCSP MSc)

Jo Gibson is a Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist since 1995 working at the Upper Limb Unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and a in private practice. She worked as Squad Physiotherapist for the GB Endurance Riding Team for six years and now works on a consultancy basis with several elite sports teams regarding shoulder rehabilitation.

Jo is an associate Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and has co-developed Upper Limb Masters Modules. She lectures Nationally and Internationally about assessment and rehabilitation of the shoulder complex and has published in peer reviewed journals and written several book chapters. Jo is a member of the EUSSER board (European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Rehabilitation) and a co-founder of the International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, which now runs tri-annually.

Follow Jo on Twitter: @ShoulderGeek1


"Jo is a fantastic motivational and innovative lecturer with a wealth of clinical expertise that is unparalleled in the world of rehabilitative shoulder therapy. She makes the most complex issues easy to understand and is on the cutting edge of new concepts.


The course venue

Western General Hospital

Alexander Donald Building

Physiotherapy Department

How to get there

Getting to the Physiotherapy department when you get to the hospital:

The physiotherapy department is on the ground floor of the Alexander Donald Building. If you come in the main entrance off Crewe Rd South you will see the hospital outpatient building directly ahead of you. The physiotherapy department is at the end of the long corridor (past the Minor Injury Unit). If you have any issues finding the department telephone number is 0131 537 1288.

Please be aware of the following if getting to the hospital by Car

This is a one way system; follow the road around to Car Park One. From the Car park walk and enter the building on the left signed as the Outpatient clinic A to F.

There is a free car park in the grounds of the Hospital for visitors and some additional street parking places in the surrounding area. However, the parking available is severely limited at all times of the day and if possible come by alternative transport.