[Shoulder pain in ambulatory practice]

Rev Med Suisse. 2013 Nov 27;9(408):2205-8, 2210-1.
[Article in French]


Scapulalgias or omalgias are a frequent complaint, with more than half of them being linked to an injury of the rotators cuff. As they often become chronic, omalgias result in higher rates of absenteeism and significant health care costs. Scapulalgias have three main causes: posttraumatic, intrinsic of the joint, or extrinsic. The extrinsic omalgias, either of neurologic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, or abdominal etiology, require swift identification, as their treatment is often an emergency. Most of the scapulalgias can be treated conservatively. Main factors of poor prognosis are old age, women gender and associated cervicalgias.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Age Factors
  • Ambulatory Care / methods*
  • Female
  • Health Care Costs
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prognosis
  • Sex Factors
  • Shoulder Pain / etiology
  • Shoulder Pain / pathology
  • Shoulder Pain / therapy*