J Rheum Dis.  2011 Mar;18(1):3-10. 10.4078/jrd.2011.18.1.3.

The Most Common Shoulder Disorders

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. kysoos@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

There are various different conditions that can lead to shoulder pain. The most common cause is rotator cuff disease, including impingement syndrome and rotator cuff tear. For satisfactory treatment outcome, it is important to understand the pathophysiology of rotator cuff disease and the treatment method must be based on these understandings. Frozen shoulder and calcific tendinitis are also common causes of shoulder pain. Because of self-healing abilities of these diseases, the treatment may be passive and neglected. However, without proper management, complications can remain, such as stiffness and pain. Even though various conservative treatments have yielded satisfactory results, surgical treatment should be considered if these have failed.

Keyword

Shoulder; Rotator cuff disease; Frozen shoulder; Calcific tendinitis

MeSH Terms

Bursitis
Rotator Cuff
Shoulder
Shoulder Pain
Tendinopathy
Treatment Outcome
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