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The Five-Minute Shoulder Exam

by Mario R. Taillon, MD, FRCSC

The essential first step to the shoulder exam is to be able to see clearly the front and back of the shoulder. A tank top, or an examination gown tied under the axillae permits this examination in women patients.

The neck is examined first, assessing range of motion in flexion, extension, rotation, lateral flexion.

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INSPECTION

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PALPATION

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RANGE OF MOTION

Assess:

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SPECIAL TESTS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS

1. Impingement

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2. Instability

There is considerable overlap between instability and impingement, and instability can be difficult to assess.

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Video: Instability (above)

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Video: Full Exam (above)