Musculoskeletal disorders that frequently mimic radiculopathy

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2002 Aug;13(3):469-85. doi: 10.1016/s1047-9651(02)00007-4.


Recognition of the musculoskeletal disorders presented in this article is important for the clinician evaluating patients with spine problems and plays a key role in the patient's care. The musculoskeletal disorders discussed in this article generally respond well to conservative treatment. An understanding of musculoskeletal pain problems is important to avoid subjecting patients to unnecessary and often expensive and invasive diagnostic procedures and treatments. Treatment of concomitant musculoskeletal disorders in patients with radiculopathy improves patient satisfaction and outcomes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bursitis / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes / diagnosis
  • Radiculopathy / diagnosis*
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rupture
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Tennis Elbow / diagnosis
  • Tenosynovitis / diagnosis