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Shoulder examination: How to select and perform the appropriate tests

Powers, Rob MEd, PA-C, ATC

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: March 2010 - Volume 23 - Issue 3 - p 22–27,x1

LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Describe the general assessment of the shoulder joint including pertinent questions to ask in the history and assessment of range of motion

• Discuss the techniques used to evaluate the scapula, acromioclavicular joint, and the rotator cuff

• Explain how to evaluate shoulder laxity and instability

Key factors obtained from a thorough history will help PAs establish a differential diagnosis and select the appropriate tests when treating patients with a shoulder injury.

EARN CATEGORY I CME CREDIT by reading this article and the article beginning on page 43 and successfully completing the posttest on page 49. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct. This material has been reviewed and is approved for 1 hour of clinical Category I (Preapproved) CME credit by the AAPA. The term of approval is for 1 year from the publication date of March 2010.

Rob Powers practices in orthopedics at Mattern and Associates, Dover,Delaware. The author has indicated no relationships to disclose relatingtothe content of this article.

© 2010 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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