History taking and clinical examination of the shoulder
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History taking and clinical examination of the shoulder

Julian Barratt Senior lecturer, Advanced nursing at London South Bank University and a nurse practitioner at Concordia Melbourne Grove Medical Practice, London South Bank University and a nurse practitioner at Concordia Melbourne Grove Medical Practice, London

Prompt and effective diagnosis and treatment for common shoulder problems depends on the ability of practitioners to distinguish between traumatic and non-traumatic shoulder conditions. This article aims to enable practitioners to make accurate assessments and carry out shoulder examinations, including the undertaking of selected special tests, before discharging or referring patients.

Emergency Nurse. 17, 1,26-34. doi: 10.7748/en2009.04.17.1.26.c6985