Shoulder Pain Management
Co-Morbid Conditions: Patient Management
Shoulder pain is a common complaint made by many patients in the primary care setting. It tends to be chronic and often unresolved after long-term conservative treatment. Contributing factors may be the presence of diabetes or obesity. People with diabetes and/or who are obese are at higher risk for shoulder pain and the disability resulting from shoulder pain and stiffness.1,2
Learn more about:
- The association between patients with diabetes who have reduced mobility, and the role that glycemic control and obesity may play.
- The relationship between BMI and reduced physical function and the potential long-term irreversible effects on a patient’s ability to do physical work.
- Why the use of common pain medications may be inappropriate for shoulder pain patients who have cardiovascular risk factors.
- Why patients with diabetes experience quicker and more severe joint degradation.
A full understanding of shoulder pain and co-morbid conditions can help you devise a proactive treatment plan to help keep your patients moving.
- Cole A, Gill TK, Shanahan EM, Phillips P, Taylor AW, Hill CL. Is diabetes associated with shoulder pain or stiffness? Results from a population based study. J Rheumatol. Feb 2009;36(2):371-377.
- Laslett LL, Burnet SP, Jones JA, Redmond CL, McNeil JD. Musculoskeletal morbidity: the growing burden of shoulder pain and disability and poor quality of life in diabetic outpatients. Clin Exp Rheumatol. May-Jun 2007;25(3):422-429.