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Joint assessing the upper limb

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This course is designed to be taken alongside our face to face course.

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This is a short additional CPD video resource, designed to  to supplement the face to face 1-day course that we run.

The aim of the face to face coure that this supports, is for you to know how to thoroughly assess the joints of the upper limb, enabling a more accurate diagnosis and treatment with your patients, and thereby having better outcomes for them.


These have not been designed as standalone training modules.

Assessing joints of the upper limb involves evaluating the range of motion, strength, stability, and integrity of the joints that connect the upper limb bones to each other and to the axial skeleton. These joints include the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand joints.

Assessment of the shoulder joint involves testing for forward flexion, abduction, internal and external rotation, and extension.

Evaluation of the elbow joint involves assessing for flexion and extension, as well as pronation and supination.

Assessment of the wrist and hand joints involves evaluating for flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, and opposition of the fingers and thumb.

Special tets of each jopint evaluates for specific conditions.

Overall, assessing joints of the upper limb is an important component of diagnosing and treating conditions affecting these joints, and requires a thorough understanding of joint anatomy, biomechanics, and pathology.

About the tutor

Alison Martin CPDG tutor

Alison Martin

Alison Martin commenced on her osteopathic journey as a mature student after witnessing the results of osteopathic treatment on an injured race horse.

After graduation from the British School of Osteopathy, and registering with the General Osteopathic Council, she worked with a variety of senior tutors in general family practice until opening her own very successful practice in Longfield, Kent.

She has since become a committed member of the multi-disciplinary team treating pre and post match sports injuries at New Ash Green Rugby and Football Clubs. She has a special interest in visceral, cranial and structural osteopathic treatments and philosophies.

Areas of expertise

  • Sports injuries
  • Pain management
  • Rehabilitation

Member of:

  • The General Osteopathic Council


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