Shoulder pain

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DDx

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis ("impingement") or tear
  • Subacromial bursitis
  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis (acromioclavicular joint; rare in glenohumeral joint)
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) separation
  • Neck disorder, eg, osteoarthritis, herniated disk, tumor
  • Rheumatoid or septic arthritis
  • Calcific tendinitis
  • Shoulder dislocation or fracture
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Brachial plexus neuropathy
  • Referred pain from gallbladder, heart, diaphragm, Pancoast tumor
  • Metastatic or primary tumor

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Last updated: December 1, 2014