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Table 3 Investigations and diagnosis

From: Examining outcome of early physician specialist assessment in injured workers with shoulder complaints

Investigations to date  
None 41 (7%)
X-rays 346 (63%)
US 329 (60%)
MRI 126 (23%)
CT scan  7 (1%)
EMG  8 (1%)
Further diagnostic testing 138 (25%)
Diagnostic testing arranged by GP§  9 (2%)
Diagnostic testing ordered by ESPA program 129 (23%)
• MRI  82 (15%)
Not completed  4 (<1%)
• US  7 (1%)
• MRA  5 (1%)
• EMG  6 (1%)
• CT scan  2 (<1%)
Diagnostic Categories  
Biceps tendonitis/tear 202 (37%)
Bursitis 182 (33%)
RC partial thickness tear 119 (22%)
RC tendonitis 101 (18%)
RC full thickness tear  74 (14%)
Subacromial impingement  63 (11%)
Adhesive capsulitis  50 (9%)
AC joint OA or osteolysis  22 (4%)
Instability  14 (3%)
Labral lesions  9 (2%)
GH joint OA  7 (1%)
Cervical spine  
Abnormal clinical findings 164 (30%)
Abnormal neurological findings 50 (9%)
Abnormal pain response 43(8%)
  1. §: Investigation arranged by GP but was not available at the time of assessment.
  2. EMG: Electromyography, ESPA: Early Shoulder Physician Assessment, CT Scan: Computerized Tomography Scan, GH: Glenohumeral, GP: general Practitioner, MRA: Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram, MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, US: Ultrasound.