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Table 3 Describes the differential diagnosis for shoulder pain [9].

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

Referred pain from musculoskeletal sources Cervical facet joints
  Thoracic facet joints
  Myofascial pain syndromes
Referred pain from visceral sources Lungs
Neuropathies Brachial plexus neuropathies
  Peripheral neuropathies
Radicular pain Cervical nerve root compression