Shoulder Osteonecrosis Clinical Presentation

Updated: Jan 29, 2022
  • Author: Michael Levine, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Presentation depends on etiology. Typically, pain is poorly localized and severe. Night and rest pain are present. Pain escalates with activity. Range of motion (ROM) is preserved in early disease; however, motion causes pain. Crepitation and locking are noted following subchondral collapse. With arthritic changes, ROM decreases mechanically.