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A specific exercise strategy reduced the need for surgery in subacromial pain patients.
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PMID:  24970843     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A programme based on eccentric exercises for treating subacromial pain was in a previous study found effective at 3-month follow-up. The purposes of the present study were to investigate whether the results were maintained after 1 year and whether the baseline Constant-Murley score, rotator cuff status and radiological findings influenced the outcome.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: 97 patients on the waiting list for arthroscopic subacromial decompression had been randomised to a specific exercise programme or unspecific exercises (controls). After 3 months of exercises, the patients were asked whether they still wanted surgery and this option was available until a 1-year follow-up. 1 year after inclusion or 1 year after surgery, the number of patients who decided to have surgery in each group was compared. The choice of surgery was related to the baseline Constant-Murley score, ultrasound and radiographs taken at inclusion.
RESULTS: All patients had improved significantly (p<0.0001) in the Constant-Murley score at the 1-year follow-up. Significantly more patients in the control group decided to have surgery (63%) than those in the specific exercise group (24%; p<0.0001). Patients who decided to have surgery had a significantly lower baseline Constant-Murley score and more often a full-thickness tear. Patients with partial tears did not differ from those with intact tendons.
INTERPRETATION: The positive short-term results of specific exercises were maintained after 1 year, and this exercise strategy reduces the need for surgery. Full-thickness tear and a low baseline Constant-Murley score appear to be a predictive marker for a less good outcome.
TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: Clinical trials NCT01037673.
Hanna C Björnsson Hallgren; Theresa Holmgren; Birgitta Oberg; Kajsa Johansson; Lars E Adolfsson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-6-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of sports medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1473-0480     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Sports Med     Publication Date:  2014 Jun 
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Created Date:  2014-6-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0432520     Medline TA:  Br J Sports Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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