• Rotator cuff repair may ease shoulder pain from spinal cord injury

    Source: Healio

    Although they are likely to continue to overburden their shoulders, recently published data suggest patients in wheelchairs due to a spinal cord injury may gain pain relief from rotator cuff repair.

    Researchers clinically and functionally evaluated 38 patients with a spinal cord injury who were either paraplegic or quadriplegic and presented with rotator cuff pathologies between January 2005 and September 2013. Patients’ lesions were also examined.

    A total of 38 shoulders in 28 patients were indicated for rotator cuff repair, which was then performed. Intraoperative lesion assessment showed more substantial injuries than were indicated via imaging.

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  • Arm pain in young baseball players common, preventable

    Source: Science Daily

    Arm pain is common among supposedly healthy young baseball players and nearly half have been encouraged to keep playing despite arm pain, the most in-depth survey of its kind has found. The findings suggest that more detailed and individualized screening is needed to prevent overuse injury in young ballplayers.

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  • Habitual running ‘may protect against knee osteoarthritis, not cause it’

    Source: Medical News Today

    Osteoarthritis is a joint disease characterized by the breakdown of the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments and bone. It most commonly affects the knees, hips, hands and spine. Around 26.9 million adults in the US are estimated to have some form of osteoarthritis, with middle-aged and elderly individuals being most affected.

    Although it is unclear exactly what causes osteoarthritis, some studies have suggested that regular running may contribute to the disease. But the team notes that such studies have been conducted in professional male runners, so they may not apply to the general public

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  • Patients should wait at least six weeks to resume driving following shoulder replacement surgery

    Source: NewsMedical

    More than 53,000 Americans have total shoulder joint replacement (SJR) surgery each year, and yet the effects of this surgery on a patient’s ability to safely drive a vehicle, and the appropriate recovery time before patients should return to driving, have yet to be determined

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  • Successful outcomes for most failed rotator cuff repairs

    Source: Medical Xpress

    More than half of patients with failed rotator cuff repair have successful outcomes, and the presence of retear negatively affects clinical outcomes.

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