~16% of musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints seen in PCP office are due to shoulder pain: second only to back pain (1)
Follow-Up Tests & Special Considerations
N/A (See “Treatment” below.)
AC joint injection with lidocaine: diagnostic and therapeutic, used to isolate AC joint arthritis
If patient fails to improve, does not regain adequate shoulder function, or has poorly controlled pain with conservative therapy, consider surgical evaluation.
Indicated only if no improvement with conservative measures after minimum of 3 months
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