Rotator cuff pathology and subacromial impingement

S E Arcuni
Nurse Practitioner 2000, 25 (5): 58, 61, 65-6 passim
Musculoskeletal complaints are one of the most common reasons for primary care office visits, and rotator cuff disorders are the most common source of shoulder pain. Subacromial impingement with subsequent tendinitis and bursitis is frequently found in young adult patients. Rotator cuff tears are a common cause of shoulder pain in patients over age 40. The majority of subacromial impingement and incomplete rotator cuff tears may be successfully managed with conservative treatment. This article discusses anatomic function of the glenohumeral joint and subacromial space, etiology of subacromial impingement and rotator cuff disorders, examination of the shoulder, diagnostic testing, and treatment of subacromial impingement and rotator cuff disorders in the primary care setting.

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