Thread: Shoulder Issue
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:09 AM   #2
Andy Shirley
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The following should not be construed as medical advice. See your doctor for that.

You just described the test for either impingement(Neer's test) or supraspinatus(empty can), depending on the level of abduction of the shoulder.

More likely Neer's test: flex shoulder(raise arm in front) all the way up(to 180o flexion).

Empty can requires the arm further out to side. The whole range of the physical exam should be done by someone competent. These are usually Sports Med docs/ortho surgeons.

Impingement is not a nerve, but the tendons and/or bursa being pinched.

Decent overviews here:
http://medicine.ucsd.edu/clinicalmed/Joints2.html

and here:
http://www.orthogate.org/patient-education/shoulder/

What would I do? I'd go see a doctor.
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