Welcome to MSKCPD


About MskCPD

Musculoskeletal Continuing Professional Development (MSKCPD) is a resource developed by Dr. Chris Littlewood with the aim of providing research informed CPD for clinicians working with people with musculoskeletal disorders.

Assessment and Management of the 'Rotator Cuff'

Assessment and Mangement of the 'rotator cuff' - an evidence based approach is a course aimed at all clinicians (including physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons, general and sports/ musculoskeletal doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths), students and also patients who wish to develop their understanding of the 'rotator cuff'.

The course provides an opportunity for those with an enquiring mind to explore current research findings and consider what this means for clinical practice and the patient experience.

The course is approximately four hours in total and comprises six modules.

Module 1Module One covers the burden of shoulder pain and the impact of the diagnoses and language we use, including how these might facilitate engagement with evidence-based treatment pathways, or might actually serve as a barrier.

Module 2Module Two introduces the first stage of a two-stage examination process of the shoulder and the rotator cuff, including differential diagnosis and establishing a provisional diagnosis of rotator cuff tendinopathy.

Module 3Module Three demonstrates the clinical application of this process.

Module 4Module Four details the second stage of the examination which then directly informs individualised treatment prescription.

Module 5Module Five demonstrates the clinical application of this process in relation to a variety of different clinical scenarios.

Module 6Module Six discusses the pain of tendinopathy and considers how our treatments work, or don't work, before suggesting strategies for non-responding patients.

The intention of the course is to enable participants the opportunity to reflect on their current practice and experience and consider how any new learning might be integrated for the benefit of themselves and/ or their patients.