The role of sensitization in musculoskeletal shoulder pain

...is it consistently present in subjects presenting with shoulder pain?

Common shoulder pain impairments include pain, difficulty raising the arm overhead, impaired work and leisure participation and disturbed sleep.

Sensitization is a nervous system phenomenon that can occur in conjunction with pain. With sensitization, normally innocuous input is perceived a painful due to increases in nociception. When sensitization is present, the energy level required to activate nociceptors is decreased leading to increased pain perception.

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