Investigating shoulder injury (summary)

This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

Shoulder injury is a relatively uncommon, but important cause for presentation to the Emergency Department. Pain may be the result of acute or chronic injury. 


  • assessment
    • history
      • history of trauma?
      • previous injury?
    • examination
      • pain - location, type
      • range of motion at the shoulder
      • distal neurovascular status
  • investigation
    • shoulder x-ray (AP + Y-view)
      • simple, cheap and easy to assess
      • chronic pathology
        • osteoarthritis
        • calcific tendinitis
    • other investigation
      • shoulder US
        • chronic pain and rotator cuff injury
      • shoulder CT
        • complicated shoulder fractures
      • shoulder MRI
        • follow up imaging following looking for labral tear
Common pathology
Medical student radiology curriculum

Article information

rID: 42656
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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: anterior shoulder dislocation
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  • Case 3: clavicle fracture
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  • Case 2: proximal humeral fracture
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