Test Your Shoulder Pain Knowledge

  • The shoulder is the most movable joint in the human body.

    True

    False

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  • Rotator cuff problems are the most common cause of shoulder pain.

    True

    False

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  • Which of the following can cause rotator cuff problems?

    Keeping your arm in the same position for a long time, such as doing computer work

    Sleeping on the same arm each night

    Playing sports that use your arm in an overhead motion such as tennis, baseball, swimming, and lifting weights

    Working with your arm overhead (such as painting and carpentry)

    Falling on your arm while it is stretched out

    All of the above

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  • Symptoms of rotator cuff problems include:

    Pain when lifting your arm overhead or to the side

    Pain in the front of the shoulder

    Pain when lying on your shoulder

    Weakness and loss of motion of your shoulder

    All of the above

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  • If you have shoulder pain from rotator cuff problems, self-care involves using:

    Heat

    Ice

    Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

    Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Naproxen (Aleve)

    B and D

    All of the above

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  • Changing your posture can help relieve shoulder pain.

    True

    False

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  • Other ways to ease the strain on your shoulder include:

    Avoid carrying a backpack or purse over just one shoulder.

    Lift and carry objects close to your body. Try not to lift heavy loads away from your body.

    When reaching for something with your arm, point your thumb up.

    Wear a sling.

    All of the above.

    A, B, and C

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  • Physical therapy can help treat shoulder pain.

    True

    False

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  • If you have a rotator cuff tear, you will need surgery.

    True

    False

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  • Sudden shoulder pain can be a sign of a heart attack.

    True

    False

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