From the first meeting with our patient we recognize the trouble… “My shoulder pain first started 7 years ago. My first diagnosis was… Stop playing violin was the solution. I did that but after a while the same pain came back even without playing. Then I went for second opinion. This doctor told me it was… and gave corticosteroid injection. This did not change anything. One year later someone told me doctor X is very good with this…”
Patients with chronic shoulder pain request a radically different approach. Before you start, ask them these questions to change their perception and get them ready for the start:
1. How much does your shoulder pain interfere with your life on a scale from 0 (I can do all I want) to 10 (I can’t do anything that I would like to)?