Shoulder pain is a common source of pain and functional disability. It is the third most common musculoskeletal complaint in the general population. Approximately 5% of musculoskeletal consultations to GP’s are due to shoulder pain and accounts for a considerable cost to the public of NZ. The diagnosis and management of shoulder disorders can be challenging since the presentation is often delayed. Different conditions can present with similar symptoms, pathologies often co-exist, and recovery can be prolonged.