Examination of the shoulder

 

 
An analysis of a shoulder problem consists of:
1. a patient interview
2. a physical examination
3. the use of of imaging techniques ( ultrasound, CT, MRI, and further techniques )
First, the patient reports about his / her shoulder problems. It is important to get an information, when shoulder pain started, at what times and occasions it occurs. The physician has to know whether pain is present at day or night and whether special movements are painful. Diseases of organs in the neighborhood of the shoulder, like heart, lung, gallbladder and others might be of importance. Sometimes a degeneration of the cervical spine might cause shoulder problems.
After the interview, a physical examination will be performed. Movement of the shoulder is important and special clinical / examination tests are made. Performing these examination your physician will get useful information about your shoulder problem. Sometimes structures in the neighbourhood, like the cervical spine, gallbladder and others have to be examined.
If those first two steps - the interview and examination - are performed, the physician has to decide whether imaging tests are necessary, for example x-ray or ultrasound.
 
 
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Other themes & sites arround the shoulder:

Diseases of the shoulder ( german ): http://www.schulterinfo.de , http://www.schulter.info

Diseases of the shoulder ( english ): http://www.shoulderinformation.com

Shoulder arthroplasty: http://www.schulterprothesen.net , http://www.schulterprothesen.com , http://www.shoulderprosthesis.com , http://www.prothesenatlas.de

Frozen shoulder ( german ): http://www.schultersteife.de

Shoulder specialists ( german ): http://www.schulterspezialisten.de

Shoulder examination ( german ): http://www.schulteruntersuchung.de

Shoulder videos ( german ): http://www.schultervideo.de