Dr James Mclean - Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr James Mclean - Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr James Mclean - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Oxford Shoulder Score

Shoulder pain is a common issue, but how bad is it really, and at what point should you do something about it?  The Oxford Shoulder Score (OSS) is a 12 question multiple choice questionnaire that will give a score from 0 (bad) to 48 (good) to rate your shoulder pain.  If you have shoulder instability or a history of dislocation, you should take the shoulder instability questionnaire instead.

  • If you have trouble with both shoulders, complete the form twice, one for each shoulder.
  • 1. During the past 4 weeks…

    How would you describe the worst pain you had from your shoulder?

  • 2. During the past 4 weeks…

    Have you had any trouble dressing yourself because of your shoulder?

  • 1. During the past 4 weeks…

    How would you describe the worst pain you had from your shoulder?

  • 4. During the past 4 weeks…

    Have you been able to use a knife and fork - at the same time?

  • 5. During the past 4 weeks…

    Could you do the household shopping on your own?

  • 6. During the past 4 weeks…

    Could you carry a tray containing a plate of food across a room?

  • 7. During the past 4 weeks…

    Could you brush/comb your hair with the affected arm?

  • 8. During the past 4 weeks…

    How would you describe the pain you usually had from your shoulder?

  • 9. During the past 4 weeks…

    Could you hang your clothes up in a wardrobe using the affected arm?

  • 10. During the past 4 weeks…

    Could you brush/comb your hair with the affected arm?

  • 11. During the past 4 weeks…

    How much has pain from your shoulder interfered with your usual work (including housework)?

  • 12. During the past 4 weeks…

    Have you been troubled by pain from your shoulder in bed at night?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Oxford Shoulder Score used under license from Oxford University

Dr James McLean has been involved in an international study testing the validity of the OSS quiz and other shoulder clinical testing methodologies.  The results have just been published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.