Your doctor will first ask you to give details of your complaints. He will want to know where it hurts and where the pain radiates to. He will also ask about the intensity of the pain, its duration and any factors which intensify or ease the discomfort.
What happens before the operation?
Patient assessment – your personal medical history
Physical examination – where does it hurt?
The doctor will first examine your shoulders, neck, back and both arms and, when doing so, will palpate various structures. He will then perform a few movement tests in order to gain an impression of the mobility of the shoulder joint. He further examines the pain caused when the shoulder joint is moved in different directions, for example adduction, abduction, rotating and raising.