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Subacromial impingement syndrome

Calculated pretest probability: 3.5 %
Relevant inclusion criteria: All adults 


Clinical signs

1Drop arm test
2Empty can test
3Painful arc
4Hawkins test





Sources used:

1.Çalış M et al. Diagnostic values of clinical diagnostic tests in subacromial impingement syndrome Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2000;59:44-47
2.Alqunaee M et al. Diagnostic Accuracy of Clinical Tests for Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil Vol 93, February 2012, 229 - 236
3.Michener LA et al. Reliability and Diagnostic Accuracy of 5 Physical Examination Tests and Combination of Tests for Subacromial Impingement. Arch Phys Med Rehabil Vol 90, November 2009, 1898 - 1903
4.Riise T et al. Incidence and prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis in the county of Troms, northern Norway. J Rheumatol. 2000 Jun;27(6):1386-9