Answers to Common Shoulder Pain Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about shoulder pain.

What type of tests are used to diagnose the cause of shoulder pain?

The most reliable and comprehensive test for diagnosing shoulder pain is a thorough physical examination, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). The AAOS states that during a physical exam, a doctor may test the patient’s shoulder for:

  • Deformity or muscle weakness
  • Physical abnormalities
  • Range of motion and strength
  • Swelling
  • Tender areas

Other tests that may be conducted in addition to a physical exam include X-ray or ultrasound, according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationOff Site Icon (AAPMR).

Ask your doctor about the tests done to diagnose shoulder pain.

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Source: Michael Herbenick, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Mark Zunkiewicz, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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