Lyn Watson – Shoulder Physiotherapist

Lyn Watson is a Clinical Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapist who has been working exclusively in the diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries for the past 25 years.  She lives in Melbourne, Australia where she is the Clinical Shoulder Physiotherapy Specialist at LifeCare Prahran Sports Medicine and the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group.

Lyn has been conducting clinically relevant, published research since 1996. She has published her research on Taping Techniques, Frozen shoulder, Hydrodiliation, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Glenohumeral Joint Instability, Scapula Biomechanics and Clinical Outcome Measures in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Manual Therapy and the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Lyn is currently working with shoulder surgeons at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group (Mr Greg Hoy and Mr Shane Barwood) collecting data and researching the long-term clinical outcomes of many common shoulder surgeries and their physiotherapy rehabilitation outcomes.

Lyn is an international lecturer, course presenter and clinician. Over the past 25 years she has developed a logical and progressive approach to the assessment, diagnosis, rehabilitation and management of the shoulder and shoulder girdle. She has been teaching this approach in her Shoulder Physiotherapy courses throughout Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, South Africa and Asia since 1992. She also lectures on the Masters of Manipulative Therapy and Sports Physiotherapy programmes for both Melbourne and Latrobe universities.

Both of her Level 1 and Level2 courses are fully accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Lyn is a member of MAPA and SESA, and has an Honours in a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physio therapy, a MPAA and Clinical Doctorate, as well as publishing a number of articles:

Watson L,Dalziel R, Story I. (2000), Frozen Shoulder: a 12 month clinical outcome trial. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 9(1):16-22 

Watson L, Dalziel R,( 1996), Conservative Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome by Scapula Strengthening Techniques. Shoulder Surgery The Asian Perspective, Asian Shoulder Association, ed. AllanSkirvingVol. 2,   p219-222

Watson L, Story I, Dalziel R, Hoy G, Shimmin A, Woods D,( 2005). A new clinical outcome measure of glenohumeral joint instability. The MISS questionnaire Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, 14(1):22-30.

Watson L,Pizzari T, Balster S, 2009, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Part 1: Clinical Manifestions differentiation and treatment pathways. Manual Therapy, 14(6):586-595

Watson L, Pizzari T, Balster S,( 2010), Thoracic outlet syndrome part 2: Conservative management of Thoracic outlet syndrome.. Manual Therapy15(4):304-314 

Watson L, Pizzari T, Pollington H, Dalziel R, Hoy G,, Validity of the MISS Questionnaire - a 2 year outcome study.    Preparing publication

Watson L, Balster S, Finch C, Dalziel R, (2005), Measurement of Scapula Upward Rotation: A reliable Clinical Procedure. British Journal of Sports Medicine 39:599-603.

Watson L, Bialocerkowski, Dalziel R, Balster S, Burke F, Finch C, (2007), Hydrodilation (Distension Arthrography); A Long term Clinical Outcome Series. British Journal of Sports Medicine 41:167-173

Pizzari T, Wickham J, Watson L, Zika M, Hill S, (2009). Altered muscle activation patterns in multidirectional shoulder instability during dynamic abduction. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport,12Supplement 1:S4

Misra S, Watson L, Taylor NF, Green RA, Hairodin Z, 2011, Testing Procedures for SLAP lesions of the shoulder involving contraction and torsion of biceps long head and glenohumeral glides. Journal of Scvience and Medicine in Sport, 14:462-468

Wickham J, Pizzari T, Stansfeld K, Burnside A, Watson L,(2009) Qualifying 'normal' shoulder muscle activity during abduction. Journal of Electromyotherapy and Kinesiology, 20: 212-222

Lyn supports the North Melbourne Football Club, and the Victorian Hockey Team, as well as consulting to the Australian Cricket Team from 1994.

Lyn has also worked with Australian Olympic level swimmers, water polo, beach volleyball, sprint and slalom paddlers, rowers and professional tennis players for over 20 years.