Lesson Overview

Access: 30 days 

Cost: $60.00 NZD 

Includes CPD Certificate

The sternoclavicular joint can be affected by a wide range of primary pathologies, and is involved in a number of systemic disease processes. Differential diagnosis is critical in identifying red flags and guiding appropriate medical and non-surgical management.

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Anatomy & pathoaetiology of SC joint conditions including red flag conditions.
  • Classification and natural history.
  • Clinical diagnosis.
  • Diagnostic investigations.
  • Non-surgical management.
  • Referral Criteria.

Learning Activities:
  • Pre-reading article (1)
  • Video presentation (32 mins)
  • Quiz

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Describe the pathoaetiology and natural history of conditions that affect the sternoclavicular (SC) joint.
  • Discuss the clinical diagnosis of SC joint conditions.
  • Describe imaging indications and appropriate imaging modalities for SC joint conditions.
  • Understand and appropriately apply non-operative management for SC joint conditions.
  • List the criteria for orthopaedic referral.

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

    • Video Presentation

  3. 3
    • The Sternoclavicular Joint | 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.