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2021 Shoulder: Steps to Success online course

Get the treatment results you dream of

Master the skills, strategies and tools that will get you the treatment results you want.

You improve people's lives

Perhaps you’ve had that sneaking suspicion “Treating patients shouldn’t be this challenging. I know I can get better results than this….”

Or you know the difference you can make to patients' lives. You feel that pressure and desire to help them, but haven’t figured out how to consistently get the results you’re capable of.

Your feelings are spot on.

Whether you’re a new graduate, or an experienced therapist; getting back into treatment after time off or a head Physio in a large clinic; a student or student educator; treat professional sportspeople, weekend warriors or office workers; if you’re treating face to face, or performing online consults - if you treat patients, there’s one thing that for sure:

Providing excellent, tailored treatment can significantly change your confidence and satisfaction.

Enjoy rewarding treatment sessions

After 25 successful years treating shoulder patients, Jo Gibson knows from experience that treating in a patient-centred way, tailoring your treatment to what each of your patients need is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences you can enjoy.

Which is why I’d love you to join us for the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course. We’ll help you fast-track your growth, achieve extraordinary results and save you years of expensive trial and error.

Here’s what you’ll get in The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course with Jo Gibson.

Whether you want to improve your results with your current shoulder pain patients, treat Olympic swim teams, or you’ve just started your treatment career, The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course can help. This online course can be undertaken over a weekend or over 12 months, whatever fits into your schedule, and provides you with everything you need to successfully treat shoulders.


Build a clear understanding of shoulder pain, and how to focus your assessment and treatment for great results.


Jo will support and guide you so you can apply the strategies, principles and exercises with your unique patients.


Gain skills to improve treatment results, build your credibility, attract new patients, and improve your confidence.


Connect, receive support and build relationships with other like-minded therapists.

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Jo Gibson

Jo Gibson MCSP MSc

Jo Gibson is a Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist who has specialised in rehabilitation of the Shoulder since 1995 and works at the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit and in private practice. She is a Consultant to several elite sports teams regarding shoulder rehabilitation. Jo is an Associate Lecturer at Liverpool University, has published in Peer-reviewed journals, has written several book chapters and co-authored National guidelines for the treatment of common shoulder pathologies. She is Co-Editor of the Educational Section of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow. Jo's research interests include communication, complex instability and accelerated rehabilitation. Jo teaches all over the world and is passionate about empowering clinicians and helping translate the evidence base into meaningful practice that optimises management of our patient with shoulder pain.

Liverpool, UK

Here's a sneak peek inside the course

Here’s what you’ll learn to improve your shoulder results

The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course is broken down into 12 core training modules and 5 bonus modules. All course materials - including streaming videos, downloadable course handouts, MP3’s (with Lifetime and Lifetime Plus registration), case studies and more - are in your online course dashboard.

In Module 1, you’ll clarify how to successfully treat shoulder pain, and what steps you can take to get there. We’ll help you understand the key messages from the latest evidence so you can focus on the important factors in your assessment and treatment that improve outcomes. You’ll discover how long it will take your patients to get better, and how your patients can have long term success with their shoulder pain. With this module you'll:

  • Understand the challenges and limitations of special tests and imaging.
  • Know whether we can diagnose anything or not.
  • Discover a simple, structured, evidence-based approach to assessment and prognosis.

By the end of module 1, you’ll have a rock solid foundation and a clear action plan to skyrocket your treatment results.

In Module 2, you’ll learn how to use a simple, structured assessment that quickly and clearly guides your treatment. You’ll confidently target the right areas with your treatment and rehab program.

You’ll also:

  • Understand pathology and the function of the rotator cuff and scapular muscles, their relevance in shoulder pain, and how this impacts your assessment and treatment.
  • Enhance your exercise selection from the start, using symptom modification in an evidence-informed approach.

At the end of this module, you’ll know when, where and how to target the rotator cuff and scapula in your rehab programs.

In Module 3, you’ll make rehabilitation easier for your patients. You’ll incorporate the kinetic chain into rehab to improve pain and performance in athletes, active patients AND more sedentary, older patients.

You’ll also:

  • Quickly and easily assess the kinetic chain, and identify when to include the kinetic chain in your patients rehab.
  • Get tools and strategies that help your patients return to work, function and sport.
  • Motivate patients with new exercises that immediately and consistently improve pain and function.

By the end of this module, you’ll have the tools you need to include the kinetic chain, and motivate your patients to get stuck into your shoulder rehab exercises.

In Module 4 you’ll master a simple assessment of patients with shoulder pathology such as rotator cuff tears. You’ll clearly identify when your patients should start conservative management, or will benefit from investigations or an early surgical opinion. You’ll also:

  • Identify which special tests provide useful information, and which tests you can leave on the scrapheap.
  • Understand structural pathology, when it matters, and when it’s just a blip on the radar.

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to quickly assess structural pathology and decide with your patient on the best treatment pathway.

In Module 5, you’ll learn how to dramatically improve your results with frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, and other stiff and painful shoulders. Accurately and efficiently diagnose your patient’s pain, and use targeted and effective treatment, exercises and manual therapy for maximum effect. You’ll also:

  • Explore common causes of shoulder stiffness, including frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, avascular necrosis, posterior dislocation and more.
  • Understand which injections will help improve pain and function in each of your stiff shoulder patients.
  • Know when to refer your patients for an injection, and how to combine this with your rehab program and manual therapy.
  • Use effective, evidence-based manual therapy that can improve range and pain in your patients.

By the end of this module, you’ll know exactly how to assess, diagnose & treat shoulder stiffness, and get your patients quickly onto a pathway to recovery.

In Module 6, you’ll quickly and confidently identify the cause of your patients acute shoulder pain, and how to calm their pain down. You’ll also:

  • Diagnose common causes of acute shoulder pain, including rotator cuff tendinopathy, frozen shoulder, calcific tendinopathy & 3 other diagnoses that each require different assessment and treatment.
  • Use exercises and manual therapy to effectively improve pain and range of movement.
  • Have options when your patient is reluctant to move and symptoms are unchanging.
  • Know when to refer your patient for an injection.

By the end of this module, you’ll have winning strategies you can use straight away to quickly diagnose and calm your patients acute or irritable shoulder pain.

In Module 7 you’ll leverage strength training to accelerate your treatment results. You’ll harness the most effective strengthening exercises to improve your patients pain - where to start, and how to build them up. You’ll also:

  • Sort the good from the great, and find out which strengthening exercises will have the biggest impact on your patients pain.
  • Know when to use strengthening exercises, and when your patients need a different approach.
  • Build your patients strength, to become robust, resilient and ready for life’s challenges.

By the end of this module, you’ll have the strengthening tools and knowledge you need to set your patients on the path to a speedy recovery.

In Module 8, you’ll know when shoulder pain is referred from the Cervical spine, and how to design the perfect rehab program for cervical driven shoulder pain. You’ll also:

  • Assess and diagnose cervical spine driven shoulder pain.
  • Know how to explain pain referral and recovery timeframes to your patient.
  • Identify when the thorax is stopping your patients recovery, and why your rehab program for the thorax needs more than mobility exercises.
  • Discover effective cervical and thoracic spine exercises you can incorporate into your shoulder rehab.

By the end of this module, your outstanding results with referred pain will set you apart from other therapists in your area, and drive patient referrals left, right and centre.

In Module 9, you’ll master the treatment of ACJ pain, and shoulder pain caused by ACJ stiffness, with simple assessment and treatment techniques and exercises. You’ll also:

  • Explore ACJ pathology, stiffness or mobility and pain so you can start a targeted exercise program.
  • Discover exercises for patients with an ACJ injury, to enhance their joint stability.
  • Improve ACJ mobility with manual therapy and targeted exercises when stiffness is contributing to shoulder pain.

By the end of this module, you’ll have effective exercise and manual therapy treatment strategies to boost your results with ACJ stiffness, pain and injury.

In Module 10, you’ll develop a winning strategy to rehabilitate patients with massive rotator cuff tears (MRCT). You’ll use innovative exercises guided by the latest evidence to help your patients recover their shoulder strength and function, and get back to the activities they love. You’ll also:

Discover specific tests you can use to identify patients that are likely to do well with conservative management, and who will require a surgical referral, so you can confidently choose the best treatment pathway. Develop and implement an effective, tailored treatment program for your MRCT patients, that goes beyond the limitations of commonly prescribed anterior deltoid programs, to achieve your patient goals.

By the end of this module, you’ll know how to design an exercise program to get massive results with your massive rotator cuff tears patients.

In this crucial module, you’ll turn your communication into a superpower! You’ll develop key communication skills and language to help your patients make a full recovery. You’ll harness the power of language to develop a therapeutic alliance with your patients, and reap the rewards of improved treatment results that come from skilled, effective communication. You’ll also:

  • Identify and incorporate your patient goals into your treatment, so your patients stay motivated to perform their exercises.
  • Discover where communication often goes wrong, and how to get back on track when patients don't fully understanding your messages.
  • Identify biopsychosocial elements that hamper your patients recovery, and effectively address these to create a successful treatment outcome.

By the end of this module, your clear, powerful communication will inspire your patients, and multiply the impact of your entire treatment.

In Module 12, you’ll apply everything you've learned in The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course to navigate through three real life case studies. You’ll improve your clinical reasoning, build your confidence to use the “Steps to success” approach with your patients, so you know exactly where to start, and the key ingredients that will provide you and your patients with outstanding treatment outcomes.

By the end of this module, you’ll have the tools you need to confidently use this simple, structured approach, make a huge impact on your patients shoulder pain and enjoyment of life, and give you the treatment results you’ve dreamed of.

Shoulder pain - how can you simplify your assessment & treatment?

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Enrol now and get these additional shoulder training modules, FREE!

In this bonus module, you’ll quickly and confidently assess and diagnose patients with acute shoulder pain, so you can immediately start treatment and reduce your patients pain. You’ll also:

  • Identify when to refer patients for further investigations or injections.
  • Assess & diagnose 6 common causes of acute shoulder pain, including rotator cuff tendinopathy, frozen shoulder and calcific tendinopathy.
  • Choose the best treatment for your patients with acute shoulder pain.

Get immediate access to this module when you register.

In this bonus module, you’ll streamline your objective examination, confident that you’re only performing tests that provide you with useful information. You’ll know which special tests are helpful, and which tests waste your time and can be eliminated from your assessment. Get instant access to this timesaving bonus module when you register.

In this bonus module, you’ll identify common nerve injuries in the shoulder, and specific exercises you can use to target muscle recovery after nerve injury. You’ll also:

  • Know when imaging and EMG help your diagnosis and treatment, and clarify your expectations of patient recovery.
  • Provide patients with strategies that support optimal nerve recovery after injury.
  • Incorporate cortical aspects into your nerve injury treatment programs.

In this bonus module you’ll unlock exercises and simple strategies you can use in your post-op shoulder surgery rehab programs to decrease post-op stiffness, improve patient recovery and return to sport or activity, and set your patients up for success. Get instant access to this bonus module when you register.

Stay up to date with the latest evidence, with immediate access to a comprehensive selection of downloadable research articles when you register.

Boost your treatment results

The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course will harness your unique strengths, personality and skills to boost your treatment results. Register now to improve your skills, master the elements of successful treatment, and enjoy the fulfillment of reaching your potential.

You’ll have support every step of the way in The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course

As soon as you join The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course, you’ll have guidance and support from Jo Gibson in a safe and encouraging environment.

Let’s sum it up - here’s everything that included in your Shoulder: Steps to Success online course enrolment.

Immediate access to the online self-paced course

You’ll have access to the entire library of Shoulder Steps to Success course materials inside your Online Course dashboard, to work through as quickly or slowly, and review as often as you like. You can choose 12 months or Lifetime access to all of these course resources, to ensure you have as much time as you need.

12 core modules

12 core modules contain content that has taken Jo more than 25 years to learn, practice, refine and put together for you in an easy to follow format that gets results with your patients.

5 bonus modules

Your bonus modules give you even more valuable information to help you with shoulder pain and injuries.

Live video Q&A sessions with Jo Gibson

During the live Q&A sessions with Jo Gibson, she’ll tackle your toughest questions and provide guidance to move you forward. If you can’t make it live, watch the replay, or if you’re a Lifetime or Lifetime Plus enrollee, you can also download the MP3 audio file.

Q&A Library

You’ll have immediate access to bank of Q&A sessions with Jo Gibson that answer common questions, so you’ll know exactly what to do in any scenario.

Spectacular Clinical Edge support

Easily connect with Clinical Edge staff using the chat function within your Dashboard for any help with technical issues, or challenges you're facing.

An instant global community

Create connections in the private Facebook group for Lifetime and Lifetime Plus enrollees, with therapists all over the world that have a passion for shoulder treatment. Get feedback and receive guidance directly from Jo Gibson.

You can share ideas and get encouragement and support from other enrollees who are passionate about treating shoulder pain and are using the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course material every day in their clinical practice.

(The Facebook group is exclusively for Lifetime and Lifetime Plus enrollees.)

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We had a lot of fun recording the 2021 Shoulder: Steps to Success online course!

Jo Gibson and I met up in Niseko Japan, and had a lot of fun recording the 2021 Shoulder: Steps to Success online course.

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Here's proof that The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course works

The online shoulder course has been terrific and really sets up a great practical clinical reasoning based approach to patients with shoulder issues. I have also been part of the Facebook group , which has allowed me to ask questions about cases I am unsure about and get really useful advice back. So my patients really benefit”.

General Practitioner

"“Thanks so much for such a fantastic course which is so helpful. I have found the practical assessment, treatment and ideas for exercise really great. Jo’s knowledge base and ability to explain is exceptional. I can’t believe how she never hesitates or says um throughout the presentations!”


“I have loved The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course. All the material has been awesome, with the perfect balance of lecture material and practical exercise examples. I have found it very refreshing to come away with specific, yet simple and very effective exercises to implement as objective testing as well adding in to a home exercise program. While I don't come across many of the wobbly or frozen shoulders I have found the material to be fantastic and has given me the confidence and desire to take on any shoulder patient.

I think my favourite module was module 4, using the kinetic chain, which I have found to be very successful so far. I loved all the bonus modules and module 5, setting the system up for success as well.”


“As a clinical specialist physiotherapist working with shoulders I found Jo’s online series extremely enlightening. As always Jo’s delivery and demonstrations provided both clarity and food for thought which has led me to re evaluate my clinical practice. I would heartily recommend it to all therapists no matter what experience”.

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
United Kingdom

“I am nearly at the end of the Shoulder course and I would like to say what a well structured, delivered and clinically relevant course. In an industry saturated with courses it is difficult to find a course of real true value which balances EBP and Clinical needs. This course just did that.

Jo Gibson's delivery is very clear and the structure of the course follows the logic applied in the clinic. Well done. I will recommend it to all my students and colleagues.”

Sports Therapist

"Thank you for creating such an amazing course. I am excelling in my last placement because of this course and I just want you and Jo to know you are doing amazing things for future physiotherapists!”

Physiotherapy Student

“Thank you, I am really enjoying the course! I found a spare hour this morning and was able to join Jo! It is of course an excellent way to learn, thank you!”


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2021 Shoulder: Steps to Success online course

Questions about the course

What are the audio downloads?

Lifetime and Lifetime Plus course enrolment provides you with audio downloads of the course presentations. These will be available to download to your Computer, Phone or iPod, to listen to whenever it suits you. When the course is updated, you will be able to download the updated audio files as well

How long do I have access to the course for?

A 12 months access enrolment will provide you with 12 months access to the current version of the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course. If you choose a “Lifetime” or “Lifetime Plus” enrolment, you will have access to the presentations on an ongoing basis, including all future updates.

Can I do the course in my own time, or do I need to be available at a certain time?

You can enjoy the course at whatever pace suits you. You can complete it over the period of a couple of days, or savour it and complete it in 5 or 10 minutes intervals between patients, over coffee (or tea, or any beverage of your choice).

When new research or assessment and treatment techniques emerge, will I receive access to course updates?

A 12 month ticket enrolment includes access to the current version of the course. Lifetime or Lifetime Plus enrolments include access to ALL FUTURE UPDATES to the course.

Will there be course handouts?

There sure will be. You will be able to download the full course handouts from within your dashboard.

How many hours of CPD does the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course have?

The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course contains more than 20+ hours of CPD as well as links to research articles and other resources.

Which ticket is right for me

*A 12 months access ticket is best for you if: You will complete the entire course in 12 months. Lifetime is our most popular option, and is best for you if: You are not sure how long it will take you to complete the course, so lifetime access is perfect for you. You will likely complete it in 12 months, but sometimes life happens and it's nice to have a buffer. You like to refer to videos of assessment tests, exercises or progressions again in the future You want full access to all future updates to the course, additional modules and material You would like access to ask Jo questions anytime you have them in the Facebook group You would like to discuss your shoulder injury questions with other knowledgeable therapists. The Facebook group is perfect for this. You benefit from case studies and seeing more detail on how the course is applied to real patients. The live "Case conferences" in the Facebook group taking you through real case studies will really help you. You like downloading audio files and listening to the lectures wherever you are, like driving, travelling or exercising. Lifetime Plus is best for you if: You would like all of the benefits of a Lifetime enrolment. You would also like access to practical, ongoing education on musculoskeletal and sports pain and injury at a discounted rate. You will receive 12 months Platinum Clinical Edge membership with a Lifetime Plus ticket, giving you full access to the entire library of videos and new monthly content, audio file downloads of each online course, and full BJSM access.**

Do I really get access to ALL future updates to the course with Lifetime & Lifetime Plus enrolment?

You sure do!

Who can join The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course or become a member of Clinical Edge

Anyone with a Health Science degree. The education contained on the site has a certain level of expected knowledge, so you must be a Physiotherapist, Osteopath, Chiropractor, Sports Doctor or Exercise Sports Scientist. Massage therapists and remedial therapists are unable to become members or join the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course.

When do I pay for my course enrolment?

At the time of enrolment. Payment is in Australian Dollars.

Does the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course have accredited CPD points?

For other professions you will need to check the individual requirements of your state/country and your individual profession as this will vary depending on your country of registration.

We do provide the following for you to use when applying for recognition of CPD with your professional body

  1. Aims and Objectives
  2. Course certificate once the course content has been completed
  3. All resources viewed in your Clinical Edge account are logged in an electronic CPD record that you can save as evidence of your learning. This automatically lists the date, topic and duration of learning

Course Enrolment

How long will the course be open for enrolment?

Course enrolment will close in 1 week.

When do I pay for my course enrolment?

At the time of enrolment. Payment is in Australian Dollars via credit card.

I am trying to enrol on the course, and my payment is not going through. What should I do?

This is generally due to 1 of the following issues relating to your credit card: 1. Your bank isn't approving it or 2. Insufficient funds 3. Incorrect credit card details We would suggest using a different credit card, calling your bank (fraud services) to get them to approve payments to Clinical Edge on your credit card and check that you have sufficient funds on your credit/debit card. Then try the following Visit and login using the email you tried to register with and the associated password you created and then sign up from within your user profile for the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course in the “Online Courses” section of your account. If you have not created an account yet then you will not need to login first, you can register via the online course section via the register button for the ticket that you would like. If these steps don’t work, please let us know so we can help sort it out. You can email us on

Are there student discounts on course enrolment?

Yes! We provide significant discounts on course enrolment for students. Yes! We provide significant discounts on course enrolment for students. For specific information on the student discount or to take up the student offer please email a copy of your student card, registration/university enrolment details to showing current semester enrolment confirmation and let us know what ticket you are interested in for The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course registration and we will send through a discount coupon and further instructions. This offer is available for undergraduate students only and is only available at the time of registration. The discount does not apply if you have already registered without using the student discount.

What does the price of my course enrolment go towards?

To ensure the highest quality presenters and material are provided for course attendees, all Clinical Edge course presenters are paid for the presentations. More than 12 months of preparation, work and costs are involved in the research, organisation and preparation to provide you with this opportunity, and for a fully featured online course of such a high standard. Unlike physical courses and conferences, your course enrolment provides you with access to the course presentations for 12 months or on an ongoing basis, allowing you to watch presentations whenever it suits you, as many times as you like. You save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, on travel time, travel costs and accommodation, while accessing the course from the comfort of your home or clinic. All of this for less than the price of one physical course!

Can I share my Shoulder: Steps to Success online course access with my friends or workmates?

Each course enrolment will provide access for one person to the course, and one Certificate of Attendance for your CPD Record. Please be honest with your course login. We really appreciate your honesty in keeping your course access to yourself so that we can continue to organise education like this for you, and depend on your honesty to be able to do this.

Payment and Technical Questions

What are the computer requirements to be able to view the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course?

You will need a Broadband connection eg ADSL or ADSL2 to view the videos on a computer at the clinic or at home. Dial-up may work as well. If you are not sure, signup for a free membership, and you will be able to test it on your computer. You can watch the videos on your mobile or iPad via your 3G or 4G service. The video host automatically detects your internet connection speed, and provides the appropriate quality of video dependent on your connection speed. eg with ADSL2, you will get an incredibly high quality picture, and with slower speeds, the picture clarity will be varied to provide smooth streaming of the video. Streaming over 3G on your mobile is generally very clear and smooth. We recommend that you use Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers when accessing the Clinical Edge website resources and conference materials.

In what currency is the registration fees charged?

All membership, conference and course prices listed are in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Can I pay for the conference in a different currency other than Australian Dollars?

No. The Shoulder: Steps to Success online course registration fees are only available in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Is the online payment secure?

Yes. The security of your purchase is ensured by an SSL certificate, and a fully secure Stripe payment portal (

Clinical Edge members Information

I am a Clinical Edge member. Will recordings of these videos be available for me anyway?

No, the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course is separate to Clinical Edge membership. You will not have access to any of the course presentations as part of your membership.

I am a Clinical Edge member. Do I receive any deals with my Shoulder: Steps to Success online course registration?

Yes! Clinical Edge members will receive 1 month free membership with registration on the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course. Simply enrol on the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course with your existing Clinical Edge membership account and we will add 1 month membership credit free for your next payment cycle. This only applies to current Clinical Edge financial members. If you are on a free trial your free month will be added after the initial payment has been processed. The free month membership will be at the same level as your current billed account e.g. gold membership or platinum membership.

I am a Clinical Edge member. How do I enrol on the course?

Login to the website by clicking on Sign In (at the top of the page), and entering your email address and password. Go to “Online Courses” at the top of the website, choose the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course and select the course enrolment of your choice here on this page. There are 3 options to choose from - either a 12 months access ticket, a lifetime access ticket or a lifetime plus ticket).

Do I have to be a Clinical Edge member to enrol on the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course?

Course enrolment is open to members and non-members. You do not need to have a Clinical Edge membership to enrol on the course.

Do I need to login before I enrol on the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course?

If you are a Clinical Edge member, OR have enrolled on a previous course or conference you will need to login before you enrol on the Shoulder: Steps to Success online course. If you have not previously made a purchase on the Clinical Edge website, you will create a login with your enrolment.