Shoulder pain: pathogenesis, diagnosis and management
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Shoulder pain: pathogenesis, diagnosis and management

Jennie Walker Clinical educator, musculoskeletal and neurosciences directorate, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham

Shoulder pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that can have a significant effect on people’s activities of daily living and quality of life. Nurses have a central role in the assessment, management and follow up of patients undergoing conservative and surgical treatments. Understanding the often complex and chronic nature of shoulder pain will help healthcare professionals to provide holistic patient-centred care, considering the most suitable treatment options for the individual.

Nursing Standard. 28, 22, 51-58. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 26 July 2013

Accepted: 17 October 2013