Shoulder pain: the role of diagnostic injections

Am Fam Physician. 1996 Apr;53(5):1637-47.


Many different shoulder disorders cause similar symptoms and pain patterns. An accurate diagnosis can generally be made by obtaining a detailed history, performing a comprehensive, directed physical examination and obtaining selected radiographs. Occasionally, shoulder injections can be of great assistance in establishing a clear diagnosis and providing relief of symptoms. Subacromial space injection, acromioclavicular joint injection, intra-articular injection and injection of the biceps tendon are helpful in identifying such disorders as subacromial bursitis, acromioclavicular arthritis, injury to the glenohumeral joint and bicipital tendinitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / diagnosis
  • Arthritis / therapy
  • Bursitis / diagnosis
  • Bursitis / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intra-Articular
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis
  • Joint Diseases / therapy
  • Pain / etiology*
  • Shoulder Joint*
  • Tendinopathy / diagnosis
  • Tendinopathy / therapy