Management of shoulder pain in the emergency room: a narrative review
shoulder pain emergency room
Keywords:Acute shoulder pain, shoulder traumatology, shoulder emergencies, painful shoulder
The frequency of Emergency Room (ER) accesses for shoulder pain is constantly increasing. The presenting symptoms are similar across the various pathological conditions, therefore an appropriate focus on the pathogenetic mechanism (traumatic or not-traumatic) and the correct imaging choice is of extreme importance. The correct treatment strategy is fundamental. The aim of this study is to provide a simple and straightforward guide toward the correct treatment when facing a painful shoulder in ER.
Materials and methods
We performed a narrative review analyzing 34 published articles from the most updated literature focused on the management of shoulder emergencies. The most significant data were collected to propose a document suggesting the most effective treatments in this group of patients.
Authors developed a guide that could help clinicians to propose the correct treatment when dealing with patients with acute shoulder pain in ER.
Shoulder emergencies are frequent and different possible treatments can be proposed to the patients, as a consequence of local guidelines and hospital habits. This narrative review could help clinicians in the emergency room to propose an effective treatment in some of the most common situations.
Acute shoulder pain, shoulder traumatology, shoulder emergencies, painful shoulder
Level of evidence: 5° - Narrative review
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