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How do doctors identify the type of a shoulder injury?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Orthopedic surgeon: Orthopedic surgeons are the physician of choice for shoulder injuries. Their specialized surgical training allows them a unique ability to care for diseases and injuries not only of the shoulder but also all the bones of the body. Through careful examination and x-ray/mri/ct scans, shoulder as well as other joint problems can be identified and a treatment plan developed.

Answered 4/15/2016



Clinical exam.: A clinical examination with xrays, is the first step in diagnosing the problem. The doctor would then make a determination if further diagnostic studies are need, i.e. MRI, CT scan, etc.

Answered 3/5/2015



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