Lyn Watson

Lyn Watson

Dr 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 Melbourne Shoulder Group and Melbourne Orthopaedic Group.

Lyn graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (Hons) from Latrobe University. She completed her post-graduate training in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1990 and was granted her Sports Physiotherapy title in 2000. Lyn was granted her Professional Doctorate in Physiotherapy from Latrobe University in 2016.

She has been conducting clinically relevant, published research since 1996. She is an Adjunct Professor of Research at Western University, Ontario Canada. She has published her research on Rehabilitation of Multidirectional Instability, Frozen Shoulder & Hydrodilatation, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Glenohumeral Joint Instability, Scapula Biomechanics and Clinical Outcome Measures in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Manual Therapy and British Journal of Sports Medicine (see below). Her most recent research, a rehabilitation Program for MDI, has been validated in a RCT by Sarah Warby.

Lyn is currently working with:

  • shoulder surgeons at 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 programmes
  • Tania Pizarri at Latrobe University, Melbourne Australia
  • Jacqui Sadi, Joy MacDermid and Ken Faber at Western University, Ontario Canada

She is the specialist shoulder physiotherapy consultant to a variety of national and international teams and individual athletes. She has been consulting to the Australian Cricket Team since 1994, and working with Australian Olympic Level Swimmers, Water Polo, Beach Volleyball, Sprint and Slalom Paddlers, Rowers and professional Tennis Players for over 20 years. Her clinical practice has a balance of elite athletes, weekend warriors, office workers and manual workers of all age groups. As such, she treats and specialises in the everyday typical shoulder conditions such as rotator cuff pathologies, instability, impingement and the stiff shoulder.

Lyn is an internationally renowned lecturer, course presenter and clinician. Over the last 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, USA, 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.

Recent Presentations

Sports Medicine Australia, Oct 2016: Posterior Instability of the Shoulder

Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand, Oct 2016: The Scapula’s relationship to Shoulder Pain

Physio-First Conference UK, Feb 2015: Multidirectional Instability of the Shoulder


  1. Watson, L,Warby, S, Balster, S, Lenssen, R, Pizzari, T (2016). "The treatment of multidirectional instability of the shoulder with a rehabilitation program: Part 1." Shoulder & Elbow: 1758573216652086.
  2. Watson, L.,,Warby, S, Balster, S, Lenssen, R, Pizzari, T (2016). "The treatment of multidirectional instability of the shoulder with a rehabilitation program: Part 2." Shoulder & Elbow: 1758573216652087.
  3. Pizzari, T, Ganderton C, Watson L, Balster S (2013). "A novel exercise for retraining the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder." Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport(16): e7.
  4. Pizzari, T, Wickham J, Balster S, Ganderton C, Watson L. (2014). "Modifying a shrug exercise can facilitate the upward rotator muscles of the scapula." Clinical Biomechanics 29(2): 201-205.
  5. Warby S, Pizzari T, Ford J, Hahne A, Watson L. (2014). "The effect of exercise-based management for multidirectional instability of the glenohumeral joint: a systematic review." Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 23(1): 128-142.
  6. Watson L, Balster S, Finch C and Dalziel R. 2005, Measurement of Scapula Upward Rotation: A Reliable Clinical Procedure. British Journal of Sports Medicine 39:599-603.
  7. Watson L, Pizzari T, Balster S. 2009, Thoracic outlet syndrome part 1: Clinical Manifestations, differentiation and treatment pathways. Manual Therapy, 14(6):586-595
  8. Watson L, Pizzari T, Balster S. 2010, Thoracic outlet syndrome part 2: Conservative management of thoracic outlet syndrome. Manual Therapy 15(4):305-314
  9. Watson L, Bialocerkowski A, Dalziel R, Balster S, Burke F, Finch C. 2007, Hydrodilatation (Distension Arthrography); A Long Term Clinical Outcome Series. British Journal of Sports Medicine 41:167-173
  10. 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
  11. Watson L, Dalziel R., 1996, Conservative Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome by Scapula Strengthening Techniques. Shoulder Surgery The Asian Perspective., Asian Shoulder Association, ed. Allan Skirving. Vol.2, p219-222
  12. L.Watson, I.Story, R.Dalziel, G.Hoy, A.Shimmin, D.Woods. 2005, A new clinical outcome measure of glenohumeral joint instability: The MISS questionnaire. Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, 14(1):22-30
  13. Watson L, Pizzari T, Pollington H, Dalziel R, Hoy G. Validity of the MISS Questionnaire – a 2-year outcome study (preparing for publication)
  14. 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, 12, Supplement 1: S4.
  15. Balster S. Jull G. 1997, Upper trapezius muscle activity during the brachial plexus tension test in asymptomatic subjects.  Manual Therapy 3(2):144-149
  16. 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 Science and Medicine in Sport, 14:462–468
  17. Wickham J, Pizzari T, Stansfeld K, Burnside A, Watson, L. (2009) Quantifying ‘normal’ shoulder muscle activity during abduction. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 20: 212-222.
  18. Zika, M. S, Watson L, Pizzari T, Hill S, Wickham J (2008). Altered muscle activation patterns in multidirectional shoulder instability during dynamic abduction. Australia Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. Hamilton Island.
  19. McIntyre, K., Bélanger, A., Dhir, J., Somerville, L., Watson, L., Willis, M., Sadi, J., Evidence-based conservative rehabilitation for posterior glenohumeral instability: A systematic review, Physical Therapy in Sports (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.06.002.
  20. Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis for Posterior Glenohumeral Instability: A Systematic Review.  Dhir J, Bélanger A, McIntyre K, Somerville L, Watson L, Willis M, Sadi J. (Currently being submitted)
  21. A Clinical Commentary: Non-Surgical Management of Degenerative Rotator Cuff Syndrome; Integrating Evidence and Clinical Reasoning. S. Bleichert, G. Renaud, J.  C. MacDermid, L. Watson, K.J. Faber, R. Lenssen, M. Saulnier, P. Phillips, T. Evans, J. Sadi. (Currently being submitted)


APA: Australian Physiotherapy Association 
SEPA: Shoulder & Elbow Physiotherapist Australasia

SESA: Affiliate Member of Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon Australasia