Dr James Mclean - Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr James Mclean - Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr James Mclean - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Oxford Shoulder Instability Score

When your shoulder is injured, you naturally compensate by avoiding using it or using it carefully.  Is it actually getting better or are you just learning to live with it, and should you have treatment?

The Oxford Shoulder Instability Score (OSIS) is a 12 question multiple choice self-assessment questionnaire designed to measure activities of daily living and pain of people exhibiting shoulder instability.  For general shoulder pain, use the other test.

The OSIS has been specifically designed to assess outcome of therapy (both surgical and non-surgical) so take it before and after treatment. This test should not be taken after surgery until at least 6 months have elapsed.

  • If you have trouble with both shoulders, complete the form twice, one for each shoulder.
  • 1. During the past 6 months…

    How many times has your shoulder slipped out of joint (or dislocated)?

  • 2. During the past 3 months…

    Have you had any trouble (or worry) with putting on a T-shirt or pullover because of your shoulder?

  • 3. During the past 3 months…

    How would you describe the worst pain you have had from your shoulder?

  • 4. During the past 3 months…

    How much has the problem with your shoulder interfered with your usual work? (including school or college work, or housework)

  • 5. During the past 3 months…

    Have you avoided any activities due to worry about your shoulder – feared that it might slip out of joint?

  • 6. During the past 3 months…

    Has the problem with your shoulder prevented you from doing things that are important to you?

  • 7. During the past 3 months…

    How much has the problem with your shoulder interfered with your social life? (including sexual activity – if applicable)

  • 8. During the last 4 weeks…

    How much has the problem with your shoulder interfered with your sporting activities or hobbies?

  • 9. During the last 4 weeks…

    How often has your shoulder been ‘on your mind’ – how often have you thought about it?

  • 10. During the last4 weeks…

    How much has the problem with your shoulder interfered with your ability – or willingness – to lift heavy objects?

  • 11. During the last 4 weeks…

    How would you describe the pain you usually had from your shoulder?

  • 12. During the last 4 weeks…

    Have you avoided lying in certain positions, in bed at night, because of your shoulder?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Oxford Shoulder Instability Score used under license from Oxford University