Question:My doctor wants me to have a special shoulder test. It's called a simple shoulder test. Can you tell me how it's done?
You may be referring to the Simple Shoulder Test or SST developed at the University of Washington. It's a series of Yes/No questions asked each patient.
One group of questions is about pain. A second group of questions asks about mobility. Strength and function are also evaluated. A normal shoulder would have a 'yes' answer to all 12 questions.
Here's a sample of the questions:
The goal of the SST is to compare pain, range of motion, strength, and function before and after treatment. One advantage of this questionnaire is that it can be done by mail or over the phone. The patient doesn't have to make an extra trip to the clinic or hospital. It should only take about five or 10 minutes of your time.
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