Assessment and management of shoulder pain at primary care level

South African Family Practice

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Title Assessment and management of shoulder pain at primary care level
Creator Kauta, Ntambue de Vries, Elma du Plessis, Jean-Pierre Grey, Ben Anley, Cameron Vrettos, Basil Dachs, Robert Roche, Stephen
Subject Family medicine; general practice; rural health; rural medicine; primary care; primary health care shoulder pain; shoulder stiffness; primary care; guidelines; traumatic shoulder pain; spontaneous shoulder pain; referred shoulder pain
Description Most patients with shoulder pain will initially visit their community health centre, private general practitioner or family physician, with various levels of experience in the assessment and management of shoulder conditions. Shoulder conditions will range from early, simple ailments that can be treated in the primary care setting, to post-traumatic injuries and complex pathologies requiring the expertise of an orthopaedic surgeon or a fellowship-trained shoulder surgeon. Correct assessment of the patient’s shoulder condition at the index consultation is a prerequisite for appropriate management. This article sets out straightforward guidelines to help general practitioners confidently identify the patient’s source of shoulder pain and initiate an appropriate management plan at primary care level. Criteria for urgent and elective referral for specialist care are also outlined.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-03-08
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Literature review and expert opinions
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v63i1.5279
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 63, No 1 (2021): Part 1; 4 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
Coverage International — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 NTAMBUE KAUTA, Elma Devries, Jean-Pierre Du Plessis, Ben Grey, Cameron Anley, Robert Dachs, BASIL VRETTOS, Stephen Roche