Specific exercises and need for surgery in subacromial pain
The aetiology of subacromial pain is multifactorial, rendering this prevalent condition as somewhat difficult to treat. Subacromial pain may be associated with rotator cuff tears. Management of rotator cuff tears through exercise appears a viable option, with an earlier study suggesting success at a 3-month follow-up. The goal of the current study was to investigate whether the same results were sustained at 1-year.
63% of patients in the control group underwent surgery compared to 24% in the intervention group. Furthermore, patients who underwent surgery were functionally worse-off, as indicated by a significantly lower Constant-Murley score. These results suggest that eccentric exercises reduced the need for surgery for subacromial pain, and therefore should be implemented as the first line of treatment. > From: Björnsson Halgren et al., Br J Sports Med (2014) . All rights reserved to BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. Click here for the Pubmed summary.