Lesson Overview

Access: 30 days 

Cost: $60.00 NZD 

Includes CPD Certificate

The ability to first differentiate the AC joint as the source of pain, then sub-differentiate specific pathologies that vary significantly in both investigations, management and prognosis, is essential in the effective management of AC joint conditions.

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Anatomy and pathomechanics of the acromioclavicular joint.
  • Clinical diagnosis.
  • Imaging diagnosis.
  • Diagnostic injections.

Learning Activities:
  • Pre-reading article (1)
  • Video presentation (21 mins)
  • Quiz

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Understand the pathomechanics of the AC joint.
  • List the clinical features of acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joint pain.
  • List indications for diagnostic imaging of the shoulder.
  • Discuss the prevalence of imaged AC and SC joint pathology in symptomatic and asymptomatic populations and the relevance of imaging findings to symptoms.
  • Discuss the indications and assessment processes for diagnostic injections of the AC and SC joints. 

Study Time:
Approx. 3 hours

Lesson curriculum

  1. 1
    • Welcome

    • How to use this course

    • Copyright Warning Notice

    • About you

  2. 2
    • Manual

    • Pre-Reading

    • Resources

    • Video Presentation

  3. 3
    • Diagnosis of Acromioclavicular Joint Pain | Quiz

  4. 4
    • Before you go...



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 part-time in her own physiotherapy practice, in a diagnostic Orthopaedic Triage role (Shoulder) with the Canterbury District Health Board and in private practice with an orthopaedic shoulder specialist.

She has an ongoing research interest in shoulder diagnostics and clinical management of shoulder conditions.