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  • Reason for seeking treatment influences preoperative expectations of arthroscopic shoulder surgery

    Source: Healio

    Researchers from the Steadman Philippon Research Institute analyzed patient expectations before arthroscopic shoulder surgery and found that while the main expectation of all patients was return to sport, secondary expectations varied in importance depending on the reason why patients sought treatment.

    “Elevated importance of specific expectation questions did not universally correlate with worse preoperative subjective scoring systems,” Ryan J. Warth, MD, and colleagues from the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colo., wrote in the study. “Whereas return to sport was the most important expectation overall, the importance of other expectations varied by patients’ reasons for seeking treatment. The current questionnaire may have limited use in patients with shoulder instability.”

    Warth and colleagues evaluated QuickDASH, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) pain and function and SF-12 mental and physical component scores collected from 313 patients, according to the abstract. The expectation data was also collected from patients in the form of a questionnaire that asked for their expectations in relation to their reason for seeking treatment.

    Return to sport and for the shoulder to return to pre-injury levels of pain and function were the most important reasons for the surgery; however, the reasons for seeking treatment influenced preoperative expectations. Patients with subluxation were more likely to have fewer expectations than other patients overall, and patients who wanted return to sport were more likely to have higher ASES pain scores, according to the abstract.

    Disclosure: Millett is a consultant for Arthrex and has stock options in Game Ready and VuMedi. This study was funded by the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

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  • Obesity May Limit Overall Function Two Years After Shoulder Replacement Surgery

    Source: ScienceDaily

    Patients with obesity undergo a disproportionately higher number of elective orthopaedic surgeries in the U.S.

    Total shoulder arthroplasty is an excellent procedure for pain relief and functional improvement in patients with shoulder arthritis.

    A total shoulder replacement was able to provide this patient population (normal BMI) with improved shoulder function which resulted in a better physical function.

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  • Painful frozen shoulder generally resolves, but return to mobility takes time

    Source: The Vancouver Sun

    Nearly a decade has passed since Lynne Robson’s first encounter with frozen shoulder. But she remembers in exquisite detail the limitations it imposed and the pain it caused her.

    Pulling on a winter coat was excruciating. Robson could only wear clothing with front closures, because reaching behind her back to hook a bra, for instance, required a range of movement she no longer had.

    Blow-drying her hair – pretty much a requirement for a TV reporter, which Robson was at the time — was impossibility.

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  • Knee osteoarthritis risk unaffected by moderate exercise

    Source: Medical News Today

    A new study suggests that the risk of middle-aged and older adults developing knee arthritis is unaffected by doing up to 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity, the level recommended by the US government.

    Knee arthritis leading cause of disability and joint pain Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage and underlying bone in a joint break down, leading to bony overgrowth, pain, swelling and stiffness.

    The joints most affected are the knees, hips and those of the hands and spine. The condition, for which there is currently no cure, develops gradually, usually in the over-40s.

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  • Shoulder surgery may make sense for young patients: research

    Source: MD India

    According to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, arthroscopic bankart repair surgery is a cost-effective approach for patients suffering their first shoulder dislocation.

    "We based our conclusions on a Markov model, which takes into account how surgery affects the patient’s recovery in relation to the actual costs of medical treatment," commented Ryan P. Donegan, MD, MS, from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. "For surgery to be cost-effective in this model, expenses must be under $24,457, the probability of re-dislocation must be under 7 percent, and the quality of life rating must not fall below 0.86. Our research showed surgical costs of $11,267, probability of re-dislocation at only 4 percent and quality of life rating of 0.93 – numbers suggesting surgery is a good investment for these patients." 

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