How is shoulder pain diagnosed?
It is critical for doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado to determine the source of your child’s shoulder pain so they can recommend the right method of treatment.
We’ll start with discussing your child’s thorough medical history. Then, a Sports Medicine expert will perform a detailed physical exam to look for any abnormalities, swelling, deformities and tender areas in your child’s shoulder. We’ll also observe the range of motion in your child’s shoulder.
X-rays will most likely be used to help identify any shoulder abnormalities. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be used to further evaluate the soft tissues surrounding your child’s shoulder joint.
Occasionally, arthroscopic surgery (a procedure that allows an orthopedic surgeon to see and operate inside a joint) may be needed to further evaluate the joint if the problem is not apparent with the physical examination, x-rays and other tests.
Learn more about common tests at our Orthopedics Institute.