Shoulder and Elbow Problems

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Impingement
  • Painful arc abduction 50-130 degrees
Pain Acromioclavicular Joint
  • Localised tenderness
  • Painful arc 150-180 degrees
Instability
  • History of dislocation/ subluxation
Frozen Shoulder
  • Pain/stiffness in all directions, especially loss of external rotation
Major Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sudden inability to abduct/externally rotate against resistance, often following minor trauma
Tennis/Golfer's Elbow
  • Localised tenderness extensor/flexor origin
  • Increased pain on wrist dorsiflexion/ palmarflexion against resistance
Post Traumatic Elbow Stiffness
  • Common
  • Usually improves with time and use
  • Functional arc usually achieved 30-130 degrees extension/flexion
Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 30 June 2014

Next review: 30 June 2016

Version: 1.0

Approved By: TAM Subgroup of ADTC