Shoulder Disorders

Apr 15, 2005 Issue
Diagnosing Rotator Cuff Tears [Point-of-Care Guides]

As with many conditions, single physical examination maneuvers rarely are sensitive enough to rule out disease when absent or specific enough to rule in disease when present. By themselves, these maneuvers increase or decrease the likelihood of disease slightly, and it remains up to the physician to...

Nov 15, 2004 Issue
Acute Shoulder Injuries [Article]

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. The cost of such versatility is an increased risk of injury. It is important that family physicians understand the anatomy of the shoulder, mechanisms of injury, typical physical and radiologic findings, approach to management of injuries, and...

Mar 15, 2003 Issue
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Shoulder Region [Article]

The shoulder is the site of multiple injuries and inflammatory conditions that lend themselves to diagnostic and therapeutic injection. Joint injection should be considered after other therapeutic interventions such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and activity-modification...

Nov 1, 2000 Issue
Acute Brachial Plexus Neuritis: An Uncommon Cause of Shoulder Pain [Article]

Patients with acute brachial plexus neuritis are often misdiagnosed as having cervical radiculopathy. Acute brachial plexus neuritis is an uncommon disorder characterized by severe shoulder and upper arm pain followed by marked upper arm weakness. The temporal profile of pain preceding weakness is i...

Jun 1, 2000 Issue
The Painful Shoulder: Part II. Acute and Chronic Disorders [Article]

Fractures of the humerus, scapula and clavicle usually result from a direct blow or a fall onto an outstretched hand. Most can be treated by immobilization. Dislocation of the humerus, strain or sprain of the acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joints, and rotator cuff injury often can be managed...

May 15, 2000 Issue
The Painful Shoulder: Part I. Clinical Evaluation. [Article]

Family physicians need to understand diagnostic and treatment strategies for common causes of shoulder pain. We review key elements of the history and physical examination and describe maneuvers that can be used to reach an appropriate diagnosis. Examination of the shoulder should include inspection...

May 15, 1999 Issue
Shoulder Instability in Young Athletes [Article]

Apr 1, 1999 Issue
Adhesive Capsulitis: A Sticky Issue [Article]

The shoulder is a very complex joint that is crucial to many activities of daily living. Decreased shoulder mobility is a serious clinical finding. A global decrease in shoulder range of motion is called adhesive capsulitis, referring to the actual adherence of the shoulder capsule to the humeral he...

Feb 15, 1998 Issue
Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears [Article]

Rotator cuff impingement syndrome and associated rotator cuff tears are commonly encountered shoulder problems. Symptoms include pain, weakness and loss of motion. Causes of impingement include acromioclavicular joint arthritis, calcified coracoacromial ligament, structural abnormalities of the acro...

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