Differentiating cervical spine and shoulder pathology: common disorders and key points of evaluation and treatment.

Thomas Quin Throckmorton, Paul Kraemer, John E. Kuhn, Rick C. Sasso

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Abstract

Accurately diagnosing patients with self-described pain in the shoulder or cervical spine (neck) remains a challenge for the orthopaedic surgeon. The overlapping presentations of shoulder disorders with those of the cervical spine, along with a lack of precision in physical examination testing, can create a confusing clinical picture and may result in disorganized or ineffective diagnostic and treatment regimens. A careful physical examination combined with judicious use of adjunctive tests, including selective corticosteroid injections, may help clarify the diagnosis. A high index of suspicion for the presence of cervical spine pathology is recommended in patients presenting with shoulder pain and vice versa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-408
Number of pages8
JournalInstructional course lectures
Volume63
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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