Shoulder Arthritis Exam – Some Background

The first stage is the freezing stage. This may last anywhere from 6 weeks to 9 months. The onset is slow and painful. The shoulder loses motion, as the pain worsens.

The second stage is the frozen stage. During this stage, the pain usually gets better but the stiffness worsens. This can last between 4-9 months.

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The 3rd stage is the thawing stage. This is where the shoulder motion slowly returns to normal. This generally lasts 5-26 months. This thawing stage is gradual can be quite slow. But with stretches and motion, it will steadily improve.

Finding and to speak to a doctor for frozen shoulder can be difficult. This next set of tips will assist you to find a great one, and actions to expect from her when you do.

It’s important that your doctor’s a good listener, especially with regard to the first visit. Make sure you tell her everything that’s going on with your shoulder. If you are worried about remembering, make a list and get it with you.

Your doctor should do a thorough review of your shoulder. She’ll check for swelling and muscle wasting during this exam.

Your doctor will also examine your neck. She’ll do this to determine whether your pain could be coming partly from your neck instead of your shoulder.

A good doctor will also check your movement in your shoulder. It may be a little bit uncomfortable. However, it is important that your doctor knows your range of motion.

There are some blood tests that your doctor may run. These can help the doctor look for other medical reasons that may be causing your shoulder pain. She may also wish to check your blood to determine if you might have diabetes or arthritis.

X-ray pictures can sometimes be useful in diagnosing shoulder pain problems. It can show things like arthritis or spondylosis in the joints. It can also show calcium in the muscles or arthritis in the shoulder joint.

Your doctor may have an ultrasound done on your shoulder. This scan is a great way to examine the muscles and tendons around your shoulder. It will allow your doctor to find any inflamed or torn muscles.

MRI’s (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) are complex and expensive. However, they can provide your doctor with detailed picture of the of your shoulder joint and its muscles. MRI’s help doctors correctly diagnose you.


FAQ’s: physical exam?
what happens at a physical exam i am a boy who is 14

  • they examine your body. Edit: A doctor often discovers important information about the possible causes of symptoms through a discussion about your medical history. During this discussion, the doctor may ask questions such as the following: How long have you had symptoms? (Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly.) Are your joints stiff in the morning? If so, for how long? Have you tried any medicines that have helped the pain? If yes, how much do they help? Do exercises help your pain or make it worse? Which kinds of exercises have you tried? Have you tried bicycling or swimming for your hips or knees? Has there been a pattern to your symptoms? (Osteoarthritis symptoms typically begin on one side of the body and often affect just one set of joints.) Do you have a family history of arthritis? Do you have any general symptoms that seem to affect your whole body, such as fatigue, weight loss, or fever? (Osteoarthritis usually doesn't cause whole-body symptoms.) Has there been any recent or past injury to the affected joints, especially a major joint injury or injuries related to repetitive motion? (A recent injury may mean painful symptoms are related to the injury, not an underlying disease.) During the physical exam, the doctor will look at, feel, and move each joint, evaluating it: For swelling, warmth, or tenderness. For range of motion. To determine the pattern of affected joints (such as one knee, both knees, knuckles, wrists, or shoulders). Often, the pattern of joints affected can help a doctor tell the difference between osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. To note any bony knobs (osteophytic changes) on joints (especially the fingers). The doctor will also look for any signs of unequal leg lengths, muscle weakness, or muscle wasting. During a physical exam, the doctor also will do an evaluation of the lungs, heart, liver, and kidneys. Why It Is Done A medical history and physical exam are a normal and important part of the evaluation of joint pain and stiffness. Results The key to diagnosing osteoarthritis is determining the pattern of joints that are affected. For example, if you have symptoms in the set of knuckle joints between the wrists and finger joints (metacarpal-phalangeal joints), the balls of the feet (metatarsal-phalangeal joints), wrists, ankles, or elbows, you probably have a different, inflammatory form of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. Normal A normal joint is not painful, tender, or swollen, has a full range of motion, and appears structurally normal. Abnormal In an abnormal joint, an exam may detect pain or swelling along with a bony hardness. Other abnormal findings that suggest osteoarthritis include: Bony bumps on the finger joint closest to the fingernail (Heberden's nodes), bony bumps on the middle joint of the finger (Bouchard's nodes), or bony bumps at the base of the thumb. Tenderness and/or swelling in weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees. Pain, limited movement, and/or a creaking noise or feeling (crepitus) that occurs when the joints are moved. Joints that have been affected by injury or infection. These joints may also show signs of bone or tissue damage.

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  • you proberbly will have to get undressed for a short while to allow a doctor to examen you. do remember that your not the first, nor will you be the last his has seen naked. looking inside your butt and sticking two fingers under your testies (nuts) and let you cough is quite normal. don't get to excited as its all over in a flash !