The painful shoulder: Part I. Clinical evaluation

Thomas W. Woodward, Thomas M. Best

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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, palpation, evaluation of range of motion and provocative testing. In addition, a thorough sensorimotor examination of the upper extremity should be performed, and the neck and elbow should be evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3079-3088
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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