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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 2 Issue: 4

An Alternative Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain Visualized on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Deltoid Insertional Tendinopathy

Melissa Tabor1*, Blake R Boggess2, Mathew Kanaan3, Alison P Toth2 and David Berkoff4
1College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, USA
2Department of Orthopedics, Duke University, USA
3Department of Family Medicine, Duke University, USA
4Department of Orthopedics, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA
Corresponding author : Melissa Tabor
DO CAQSM, Department of Sports Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue, University Center, Room 433, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, USA
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 15, 2013 Accepted: September 15, 2013 Published: September 20, 2013
Citation: Tabor M, Boggess BR, Kanaan M, Toth AP, Berkoff D (2013) An Alternative Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain Visualized on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Deltoid Insertional Tendinopathy. J Athl Enhancement 2:4. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000118

Abstract

An Alternative Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain Visualized on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Deltoid Insertional Tendinopathy

Complaints of shoulder pain are frequently diagnosed as referred pain from rotator cuff pathologies. Examiners may overlook other diagnoses, such as deltoid insertion pathology, and assume the rotator cuff is the cause of shoulder pain. There is limited literature describing deltoid insertion pathology as a cause of shoulder pain, and no literature could be found referencing deltoid insertional tendinitis. Shoulder pain is a common complaint. Although there may be several etiologies, deltoid insertional tendinopathy should be considered if a patient presents complaining of shoulder pain that localizes to the deltoid insertion and ultrasound findings are consistent with those presented in this case series. Our study proposes an alternative diagnosis for lateral shoulder pain that has not previously been described in the literature.

Keywords: Musculoskeletal ultrasound; Shoulder pain; Insertional deltoid tendinopathy

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