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Shoulder Problems & Diagnosis

Use the flow diagram below as a guide to work out what may be causing your pain and what we recommend you do about it.

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    Overview

    Problem IntensityProblem CausePain whenLocationPreliminary DiagnosisRecommendation
    Severe
    (>8/10 Pain)
    Impact or collisionTouching injuryFront and side of shoulderShoulder Dislocation
    Bankart Tear
    Rotator Cuff Tear
    See Emergency Dr & Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Fall onoutstretched armTop of shoulderAC Joint Separation
    Fractured Clavicle
    Rotator Cuff Tear
    Biceps Tear
    Throwing actionMoving arm
    Pulling actionBack of ShoulderShoulder Fracture
    Posterior Shoulder Dislocation
    Moderate Severity
    (6-8/10 Pain)
    Impact or collisionTouching injuryFront and sideShoulder Subluxation
    Bankart Tear
    Rotator Cuff Tear
    See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Checkup
    Fall on outstretched armTop of shoulderModerate AC Joint Separation
    SLAP Tear
    Rotator Cuff Tear
    Throwing actionMoving arm
    Pulling actionBack of ShoulderModerate Posterior Subluxation
    Minimal Severity
    (<5/10 Pain)
    Impact or collisionTouching injuryFront and sideShoulder SubluxationSee your Physio
    Fall on outstretched armTop of shoulderMinor AC Joint Separation
    Bicep Impingement
    Rotator Cuff Impingement
    Throwing actionMoving arm
    Pulling actionBack of ShoulderMinor Posterior Subluxation

    Gradual Onset > 6months

    Problem IntensityProblem CausePain whenLocationPreliminary DiagnosisRecommendation
    Severe
    (>8/10 Pain)
    Disease or Repetitive Injury to ShoulderStrong Constant painFront and sideSevere Shoulder Arthritis
    Severe Chronic Shoulder Injury
    Rotator Cuff Impingement
    See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon
    When Touching or Moving ShoulderTop of shoulderAC Joint Arthritis
    Biceps Tendinopathy
    Back of ShoulderSevere Chronic Posterior Subluxation
    Moderate Severity
    (6-8/10 Pain)
    Disease or Repetitive Injury to ShoulderModerately Present PainFront and sideModerate Shoulder Arthritis
    Moderate Chronic Injury or Rotator Cuff Impingement
    See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Checkup
    When Touching or Moving ShoulderTop of shoulderModerate AC Joint Arthritis
    Biceps Tendinopathy
    Back of ShoulderModerate Chronic Posterior Subluxation
    Minimal Severity
    (<5/10 Pain)
    Disease or Repetitive Injury to ShoulderMinimally Present painFront and sideMinimal Shoulder Arthritis
    Minimal Chronic Injury or Rotator Cuff Impingement
    See your Physio
    When Touching or Moving ShoulderTop of shoulderAC Joint Arthritis
    Minor Biceps Tendinopathy
    Back of ShoulderMinor Chronic Posterior Subluxation
    Dr Manish Gupta | MBBS FRACS FAOrthoA

    Dr Manish Gupta | MBBS FRACS FAOrthoA

    Dr Manish Gupta is a renowned expert surgeon in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery specialising in Upper Limb including Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist.


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      Penrith

      (02) 9687 8344

      reception@mgorthopaedics.com.au

      Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

      One Point Health, 510-536 High Street, Penrith, NSW, 2750

      Bella Vista

      (02) 9687 8344

      Bella Vista, Hospital for Specialist Surgery, Level 1,Suite 1, 17-19 Solent Circuit, Bella Vista, NSW, 2153

      Westmead (Head Office)

      (02) 9687 8344

      Suite E Level 3, 20-22 Mons Road Westmead NSW 2154

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