FRACS Orthopaedic Exams


A forty-two-year-old, right-hand dominant, athletic man who worked as a carpenter sustained an injury to the left shoulder while playing football. An anteroposterior radiograph of the shoulder was interpreted as normal in an emergency department, and treatment was started with pain medication and application of a sling. A week later, he was reexamined and physiotherapy was initiated. Despite physiotherapy and rest, the patient had pain and limitation of shoulder movement. He is seen by you  at three weeks after his injury.


1. What is the diagnosis?
2. How will you manage him?
3. If this injury is 3 months old, what will you do for him now?


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