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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Four Common Shoulder Problems in Older Adults

Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Four Common Shoulder Problems in Older Adults

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Peter Millett, MD, Nicole Anderson BA
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
20619
Date Posted: 
07/17/2019
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
07/12/2019
Abstract: 

Pain When Reaching Overhead: Four Common Shoulder Problems in Older Adults is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites,  they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 
  1. List four common shoulder problems seen in older adults that present with pain when reaching overhead with the arms.
  2. State the key examination findings for each of those four shoulder problems
  3. Order appropriate imaging for patients suspected of having any of the four problems.
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 
Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as
(1) content is not changed, 
(2) no one is charged a fee to use or read the publication, 
(3) authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and 
(4) the reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."
Content Categories: 
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH lvitkus@aging.arizona.edu


Suggested Citation:
Dr. Peter Millett and Dr. Barry Weiss. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Four Common Shoulder Problems in Older Adults. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2019 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/20619