Shoulder Pain Management
When it comes to treating your patients’ shoulder problems, there are a number of options available. As your patients’ primary care physician, you can counsel patients on the best solution for his/her situation so he/she can get back into the swing of things.
Most patients with chronic shoulder pain may initially be treated conservatively with some combination of rest and limited overhead activity, use of a sling, anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injection or strengthening exercise and physical therapy. But, if your patient does not respond to conservative measures despite adequate time with the appropriate treatment regimen (3 to 6 months maximum), then referral to an orthopaedic shoulder specialist may be appropriate.
Content in this section is adapted and/or repurposed with permission from:
Lotke, PA, Abboud, JA, Ende, J. Lippincott’s Primary Care Orthopaedics. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008:section 8.
Authors: Abboud, JA, Ricchetti, ET, Tjoumakaris, FP, Yagnik, GP.
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