Which physical findings are characteristic of hemiplegic shoulder pain?

Updated: Feb 08, 2019
  • Author: Robert Gould, DO; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Observation may reveal the following findings:

  • Atrophy

  • Asymmetry

  • Swelling/edema

  • Tenderness

  • Pain with motion

  • Decreased range of motion (ROM)

  • Decreased coordination

  • Decreased reflexes

On palpation of the shoulder, the following abnormalities may be noted:

  • Anatomic variation

  • Palpable gap between acromion and humeral head (use fingerbreadths or calipers)


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