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Why is calcific tendinitis so painful?

Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, typically characterized by calcium deposits on the rotator cuff, is an extremely painful condition that can severely impair movement and life quality. A new study appearing in today’s issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found a significant increase in blood vessel and pain receptor growth among patients […]

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Fewer early complications seen with arthroscopic vs open rotator cuff repair in veteran population

Compared with open repair, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair performed in a veteran population showed significantly lower rates of early postoperative complications and 30-day return to the OR. Researchers used the Veterans Administration Surgical Quality Improvement Program database to identify 6,975 open rotator cuff repairs and 2,918 arthroscopic cuff repairs performed between 2003 and 2008. Patients […]

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Insufficient shoulder external rotation increases shoulder injury, surgery in pitchers

The likelihood of shoulder injury and shoulder surgery was increased when professional baseball players had insufficient shoulder external rotation on the throwing side, according to study results. After initial passive range of motion examination, 17% of pitchers had 75 shoulder injuries that placed them on the disabled list. Overall, 7% of the pitchers on the […]

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Study examines scapular orientation during elevation in controls vs patients with cuff pathology

Results from this study showed when the arm was at rest, scapular orientation was similar in healthy patients, patients with rotator cuff tears, and patients with both rotator cuff tears and subacromial impingement syndrome. However, when the arm was put in lateral elevation, patients with both rotator cuff tears and subacromial impingement syndrome showed significantly […]

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Research identifies shoulder motions that cause subacromial impingement

Using ultrasound speckle tracking imaging, researchers found subacromial impingement was linked with higher vertical displacement and peak strain of the coracoacromial ligament during forward flexion, horizontal abduction and internal rotation with the arm at 90° abduction. “It is recommended that patients with impingement syndrome or a repaired rotator cuff avoid these shoulder motions,” researchers wrote. […]

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