In 1994, the Journal of Hand Therapy published their first and only special issue devoted to the shoulder. The editorial, written by then guest coeditors Ken Flowers and Phil McClure, was cleverly entitled “Maybe it's time to move up” because hand therapists were becoming increasingly interested in shoulder disorders and had started including this joint in their practice. Articles presented fundamental information related to the anatomy, biomechanics, imagery, evaluation, and treatment of the shoulder as shoulder disorders were not yet mastered by hand therapists. Now, 23 years later, the evidence regarding the different treatment options for shoulder disorders has been greatly upgraded. Furthermore, the shoulder has been fully integrated into the clinical practice of hand therapists, and most of them have now overcome many of the challenges presented by this complex joint. Therefore, a second shoulder special issue is timely because we can go further in the understanding of the clinical management of shoulder disorders.
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Published online: May 30, 2017
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