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An important study in Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research [468(10):2678-89], reports that over time the function of the shoulder deteriorates in a significant number of patients who underwent rotator cuff repair, despite continued pain relief in many of the same patients.
The conclusions published in the abstract are found in the next paragraph:
“The early high functional scores after primary rotator cuff repair or reconstruction of the types we performed in the 1980s did not persist. The function achieved postoperatively was lost, as ROM and strength decreased to less than preoperative values. However, alleviation of pain was long-standing in most patients. Based on our data, we should warn patients to expect less
than permanent relief with those repairs. We cannot say whether the same will apply to currently performed types of repairs.”
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Golfers with back pain

A golfing patient I treated originally came to me with low back pain and later with shoulder pain and neck pain- all preventing his inner champion from blossoming. Like so many golfers he had come to accept the suffering as part of the game. He was amazed to find that he could get rid of the back pain that had plagued him for years. He wrote about it in his blog today

Thank you for the mention in your blog.

~ Norman Marcus, MD
Norman Marcus Pain Institute, New York NY
Your New York City Pain Relief Doctor”

Is chronic back pain adequately treated?

I just read an article on the under treatment of chronic pain with the most common associated disease states listed as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and sickle–cell anemia. Since physical deconditioning is fraught with many serious negative consequences, such as obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and diabetes in addition to be being a cause of most common pain problems, it should probably rank as a form of disease.
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Chronic Low Back Pain and Fibromayalgia

A recent article discussed the number of patients with Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) who also had Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). This article is an example of the confusion in medicine about both conditions. Believe it or not although the most common diagnosis for low back pain is non-specific low back pain, referring to sprains and strains of muscles and other soft tissue, there is no agreed method to look for and treat muscle generated low back pain. Patients with
Fibromyalgia on the other hand, although complaining of pain in muscles, are for the most part not considered to have muscles as the cause of their pain but rather problems in their nerves that are experienced as pain in muscles.
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