What are the possible complications of hemiplegic shoulder pain?

Updated: Feb 08, 2019
  • Author: Robert Gould, DO; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Without appropriate care, patients with hemiplegia have an increased risk of developing numerous shoulder complications, including nerve pressure palsies, nerve traction injuries, rotator cuff pathology, capsulitis, impingement syndromes, or subluxation. During the acute flaccid stage, care for the shoulder must take into account the position of the extremity in relation to gravity and body position. Techniques used in the prevention of poststroke shoulder pain and its complications must be utilized to neutralize undesirable or injurious positions.


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