Tender point examination with palpation in different shoulder pathologies: A retrospective study


UYSAL Ö., DEMİRCİ S., KARA D., YILDIZ T. İ. , SEVİNÇ C., ERASLAN L. S. , ...More

JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC SCIENCE, vol.27, no.2, pp.366-371, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jos.2020.12.015
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC SCIENCE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.366-371

Abstract

Background: Shoulder pain is a common symptom for non-traumatic shoulder pathologies and affects 4.7-66.7% of entire population. Even with the latest technological advantages, palpation still is a cost and time efficient tool to evaluate the shoulder pathologies. Our aim was to investigate and compare palpation findings in different shoulder pathologies.Method: We used first assessments of impingement syndrome (IS) (n = 205), rotator cuff tear (RCT) (n = 185) and frozen shoulder (FS) (n = 210) patients who received treatment between 2010 and 2019 years. Two experienced physiotherapists palpated predefined points: long head of biceps brachii, pec-toralis minor, lateral intermuscular septum, proximal tendons of extensor group. These points catego-rized into "proximal", "mid-proximal", "mid-distal", "distal", "irregular". We also grouped patients by their BMIs.Results: We found RCT patients had higher BMI than IS and FS patients (p < 0.001, p = 0.001); more tender intermuscular septum points and night pain than IS patients (p = 0.001, p = 0.003) and more extensor group proximal tendon points than IS and FS patients (p < 0.001, p = 0.001). "No tenderness" group had lesser resting pain than distal group (p < 0.001) and lesser activity and night pain than middle-proximal, middle-distal, and distal groups (all ps < 0.002). Distal group had higher night pain than middle-proximal group (p = 0.003). Morbidly obese patients had higher night pain than normal and overweight patients (p = 0.003 and p = 0.009).Conclusions: Tender point distribution varies depending on the pathology with biceps brachii being the most common. RCT patients had higher night pain related to more distal tender points. Patients with higher night pain had increased tenderness in septum intermuscular and extensor muscles' proximal tendons.(c) 2020 The Japanese Orthopaedic Association. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.