Posterior Shoulder Instability Clinical Examination [Physical Therapist Guide to Diagnosis]

By dpope2020

May 10, 2024

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Posterior Shoulder Instability Clinical Examination [Physical Therapist Guide to Diagnosis]

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In today's video we go over Posterior Shoulder Instability Clinical Examination [Physical Therapist Guide to Diagnosis]:

Are you struggling with diagnosing posterior shoulder instability in your patients? In this video, learn essential assessment techniques and tests to help you make the right diagnosis with confidence.

As physical therapists, diagnosing posterior shoulder instability can be challenging due to its rarity compared to anterior instability. In this video, we dive deep into understanding the diagnosis, key movements to assess, and special tests to identify posterior instability in your patients. You'll learn how to examine internal rotation, horizontal adduction, and flexion effectively, and apply tests like the Jerk test, Kim test, and more. 


  • 0:10 - Prevalence
  • 0:25 - Arthrokinematics
  • 0:51 - Mechanism of Injury
  • 1:43 - Range of Motion Testing
  • 3:43 - Jerk Test
  • 4:09 - Kim Test
  • 4:54 - Posterior Impingement Sign
  • 5:14 - Posterior Apprehension Test
  • 5:38 - Dynamic Posterior Instability Test

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