Shoulder disorders in the elderly: a community survey

Arthritis Rheum. 1991 Jun;34(6):766-9. doi: 10.1002/art.1780340619.


A community survey of identifiable symptomatic shoulder disorders in a sample of 644 elderly people over age 70 (318 male and 326 female) revealed a prevalence of 21%. Shoulder disorders were more common in women (25%, versus 17% in men). Approximately 70% of the cases of shoulder pain involved the rotator cuff. Fewer than 40% of the subjects sought medical attention for these symptoms. Increased medical awareness is needed, since the elderly often do not volunteer information about such symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Pain / epidemiology
  • Pain / etiology
  • Prevalence
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Shoulder Joint*
  • Tendinopathy / epidemiology