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Tuesday, May 1

7:00 am - 9:00 am

211 Shoulder vs. Spine: Differentiating Shoulder and Cervical Spine Pathology

AANS Member Fee: $100
Non-member Fee: $100
Member Fee: $65

Moderator(s): Brian R. Subach, MD, FAANS

Panelist(s): Nathaniel P. Brooks, MD, FAANS; James P. Burke, MD, PhD, FAANS; Michael Louis Smith, MD, FAANS; Timothy F. Witham, MD, FAANS

Differentiation between shoulder or spinal pathology, or a combination of the two, is critical for optimal patient care. This course will familiarize neurosurgeons with intrinsic shoulder pathology that may mimic radiculopathy or other cervical spine disorders, and review uncommon radiculopathies, facet syndromes and other spinal pathology presenting as shoulder pain. Faculty will include a neurosurgical spine surgeon, an orthopaedic spine surgeon and an orthopaedic shoulder specialist.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Review shoulder anatomy, exam and common disorders that may mimic spinal pathology.
  • Review upper cervical radicular patterns, facet dynatome maps and other spinal disorders.
  • Review pain syndromes that may mimic shoulder or spinal pathology.
  • Discuss diagnostic strategies to recognize and differentiate between the shoulder and spine.