The Acromioclavicular Joint Module

The Acromioclavicular Joint Module

The Acromioclavicular Joint is the last module in the Shoulder Course Series.

This module covers the pathoaetiology, natural history, diagnosis and management of acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joint conditions. Lessons in this module begin with the diagnosis of acromioclavicular joint pain and are then divided according to evidence for specific management of AC and SC joint conditions.

Module Lessons:

ACJ Instability

AC joint instability is a common injury, with varying correlation between symptoms and grade of injury. In this lesson we look at the classification of AC joint instability and how this guides management. 

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Pathoaetiology of acromioclavicular joint instability
  • Classification and natural history
  • Clinical and imaging diagnosis
  • Non-surgical management
  • Referral criteria

ACJ Arthropathy

The two most common arthropathies affecting the acromioclavicular joint are osteoarthritis and osteloysis. In this lesson we look at the  differences in the pathoaetiology, diagnosis and management of both these conditions. 

 In this lesson, we cover:

  • Pathoaetiology of acromioclavicular joint arthropathy
  • Classification and natural history
  • Clinical and imaging diagnosis
  • Non-surgical management
  • Referral criteria

The Sternoclavicular Joint

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:

  • Pathoaetiology of acromioclavicular joint arthropathy
  • Classification and natural history
  • Clinical and imaging diagnosis
  • Non-surgical management
  • Referral criteria

Study time: 8-10  hrs (approx.)

Surgical Management & Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Surgical Management of the Acromioclavicular Joint

Mr Khalid Mohammed (Shoulder and Upper Limb Specialist) presents on "Surgical Management" of theAcromioclavicular Joint: 

This covers:

  • Differential diagnosis of subacromial conditions
  • Indications and interpretation of diagnostic imaging
  • Indications for orthopaedic referral
  • Current evidence for conservative and surgical approaches to management
  • Surgical techniques and outcomes
  • Post-operative rehabilitation considerations

Study time: 1 hour (approx.)

Learning activities include:

  • Pre-reading articles
  • Video presentation

Post-Operative Management of the Rotator Cuff

Dr Angela Cadogan (Physiotherapy Specialist) presents the post-operative rehabilitation of the Acromioclavicular Joint.

This part covers rehabilitation :

  • Phases of healing and repair
  • Rehabilitation principles of immobilisation and load
  • Rehabilitation phases and exercise progressions

Study time: 2 hrs (approx.)

 

Optional workshop: 1 day - 8 November 2020, Christchurch, New Zeland

This workshop is a practical and interactive to promote critical thinking and enhance clinical reasoning. The workshop includes:

  • physical examination assessment techniques
  • clinical case studies
  • live patient assessment and treatment
  • treatment planning and rehabilitation case studies

Please note: Completion of The Acromioclavicular Joint Module is a pre-requisite to this workshop.

Module:

  • The Acromioclavicular Joint Module
Duration: 90 days
Price: NZ$300.00