The significance of plain X-ray for diagnosing shoulder pain

TitleThe significance of plain X-ray for diagnosing shoulder pain
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBotser I B, Shapira S, Avivi E, Oran A, Pritsch M
Start Page742
Date Published2011 Sep

Shoulder pain is a common complaint; almost 20 percent of the population will suffer shoulder pain during their life time. Despite the availability of newer imaging techniques for evaluation of the shoulder, the first imaging study should be radiography. Recently, ultrasonography of the shoulder has become one of the first studies done. Sometimes, ultrasonography is done before radiography, moreover, many patients are being referred to a shoulder specialist without an X-ray.
There is a plethora of pathologies that can cause shoulder pain – rotator cuff tears, impingement, calcified tendinitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and more. The purpose of this review is to show the significance of the plain X-ray for diagnosing shoulder pathologies, in order to encourage the use of this modality. In this paper we shell review different causes for shoulder pain and their radiographic appearance.