The Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain
What do you know about the diagnosis of shoulder pain? Even if your doctor is the one who responsible for the diagnosis, it would be better for you to know about how your doctor diagnoses your pain.
As a continuation of our series about shoulder pain, through this article we would like to give information about the diagnosis of shoulder pain.
Optimistically, you will acquire much valuable information about the diagnosis of shoulder pain.
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Your shoulder pain will be diagnosed based on certain principles.
Here are the principles:
- Age and Gender
- Pain Location
- Pain Severity
Age and Gender
The type of shoulder pain may differ according to your age and gender. This situation must be considered in each shoulder pain patient. You can see the following list about the most common type of shoulder pain in each group of age and sex.
- Teenage girls with age from 14 to twenty years usually suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome.
- On the other hand, young men who involve highly in sport activities with age from 14 to 21 years commonly suffer from shoulder instability because of previous dislocations. In most cases, the patient is already suffers from shoulder disorder or his shoulder already injured/has been dislocated.
- Young active men and women from 18 to 30 years of age consider osacromiale.
- Very active men in sport who suffer from shoulder pain on top of his shoulder consider acromioclavicular pain.
- Men and women above 40 years of age and older consider rotator cuff impingement.
- Women with age from 45 to 55 years of age might have frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis).
- Men and women from 40 to 60 years of age consider calcific tendonitis.
- Men and women with age from 50 years and above consider rotator cuff tears.
- Men and women with age from 60 years and above consider shoulder osteoarthritis.
Location of the pain is the additional factor which helps you doctor to make diagnosis about the nature of your pain.
- The pain location is in the neck and shoulder. Then it radiates down to the arm and hand. This pain consider as neurological problems, in example disc problems in the sufferer’s neck (thoracic outlet syndrome).
- The pain location is in the neck and upper part of the shoulder. There is a possibility of referred problem from the sufferer’s neck as the cause.
- The pain location is at the back of the shoulder. It is considered as arthritis
- The pain location is in both the shoulder and outside part of the upper arm. There is a possibility of rotator cuff disorders.
- The pain location is on top of the sufferer’s shoulder. Acromio-clavicular (AC joint) disorders can be the cause.
- Constant or intermittent pain. Mechanical reasons, such as rotator cuff tears is the most common cause of the pain. This will cause pain when the sufferer does certain movements like moving the arm. The pain can be caused with no relation to movement too. In this situation, nerve conditions, such as referred pain from the neck (thoracic outlet syndrome) can be the cause.
- Night pain. Pain during the night happens with majority of shoulder problems. Bad or wrong position will make the pain get worse because of gravity or pressure effect.
- When your calcium is being absorbed by your body, you may suffer from acute “blinding” pain.
- Your activity and your arm position can be another cause of the pain.
- Nerve disorder in your neck (thoracic outlet) can be the most possible cause when you feel constant pain that radiates from your neck down to both your shoulder and hand.
- A damaged structure in your shoulder would be the most possible cause of your pain when it relates with movements only (mechanical problem).
You should consult with your doctor and other health care professionals to get a better knowledge and information about diagnosis of shoulder pain (impingement syndrome).
Kindly bear in mind, this article is not solely intended as the only source of information about symptoms of shoulder pain (impingement syndrome).