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#8 Shoulder Exam

Key Learning Points

  • Learn the checklist and technique of the shoulder exam (see video)


Introduction: Careful examination of the shoulder can provide valuable information and help the physician determine when imagine studies may or may not be helpful.




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Clinical Pearl: If a careful exam does not elicit significant pain or laxity, imaging studies are extremely unlikely to provide further useful information.


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