The prognosis for patients with shoulder pain is poor. Unfortunately, general practitioners are not able to determine the underlying cause of shoulder pain during a consultation. Treatment therefore focuses on the symptoms and not the underlying cause. This dissertation shows that general practitioners find diagnosing shoulder pain complex, and that ultrasound is suitable for making a diagnosis and is also frequently used to do so. However, treatment based on ultrasound diagnosis in patients with a history of less than three months’ pain does not result in a better prognosis after one year. It is therefore recommended that general practitioners do not refer patients with shoulder pain for ultrasound.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||19 Nov 2015|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- shoulder pain
- general practitioner