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Shoulder pain, MRI showed no tears, pain for 9 months?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Other factors

problems such as glenohumeral joint degeneration, AC joint degeneration and impingeme can cause shoulder pain without any tears on MRI.
Also tears of the labrum may not show up on a non contrast MRI. Scapula dyskinesia can also cause shoulder pain but normal MRI. Finally issues or problems coming from the neck can cause referred pain to the shoulder. Best to see shoulder specialist to help you

In brief: Other factors

problems such as glenohumeral joint degeneration, AC joint degeneration and impingeme can cause shoulder pain without any tears on MRI.
Also tears of the labrum may not show up on a non contrast MRI. Scapula dyskinesia can also cause shoulder pain but normal MRI. Finally issues or problems coming from the neck can cause referred pain to the shoulder. Best to see shoulder specialist to help you
Dr. James Rochester
Dr. James Rochester
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Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Shoulder Pain

if your XR and MRI are normal, see an orthopedic expert for an opinion and get involved in massage and physiotherapy.
Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) 2-3 times a day as long as it is safe for you. All the best. 9 months is a long time.

In brief: Shoulder Pain

if your XR and MRI are normal, see an orthopedic expert for an opinion and get involved in massage and physiotherapy.
Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) 2-3 times a day as long as it is safe for you. All the best. 9 months is a long time.
Dr. Katharine Cox
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Dr. Jan Szatkowski
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Referred pain?

Shoulder pain can have many different causes.
Obviously the actual shoulder can be one but many times there can be referred pain from the cervical spine, upper back etc. A physical examination followed by imaging can often rule out certain causes and narrow the differential diagnosis. Sometimes conditions such as bursitis have non specific imaging findings on Mri but can be a cause of discomfort.

In brief: Referred pain?

Shoulder pain can have many different causes.
Obviously the actual shoulder can be one but many times there can be referred pain from the cervical spine, upper back etc. A physical examination followed by imaging can often rule out certain causes and narrow the differential diagnosis. Sometimes conditions such as bursitis have non specific imaging findings on Mri but can be a cause of discomfort.
Dr. Jan Szatkowski
Dr. Jan Szatkowski
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