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Table 1 Alerting features of a possible serious condition (red flag), which may present with shoulder pain [7,8].

From: A multi-modal treatment approach for the shoulder: A 4 patient case series

POSSIBLE SERIOUS CAUSES OF SHOULDER PAIN (RED FLAGS)
Signs of infection (fever) Violent trauma
History of drug abuse Swelling
Weight loss Pain at rest
Age over 50 Night sweats
History of previous malignancy History of fall
Constant, non mechanical pain No precipitating event (for onset)
Palpable deformities of bone/tissue HIV
Widespread neurological symptoms/signs