The Savvy Patient - Shoulder Can Be Ground Zero for Pain

Diagnosis is critical, leading to proper treatment and prognosis

In this week’s installment of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Savvy Patient” column, Scripps Health provides insight on dealing with shoulder pain.

In the United States, nearly 1.5 million people a year visit an emergency department for shoulder problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The shoulder is one of the most common regions where patients suffer pain. Pinpointing the precise source of shoulder pain is important, because pain felt in the shoulder joint may be from a shoulder problem or may stem from another issue, such as nerve irritation in the neck.

Various treatment options such as nonoperative therapy, cortisone injections and surgery are available.

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