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Surgery versus Exercise in Patients with Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be debilitating and frustrating!  Many times when people feel pain in their shoulder, they fear they will need surgery.  It is important to always try conservative measures like modifying activity and performing physical therapy before going through with a surgical procedure.

A recent study published in 2017 in Bone and Joint Journal looked at the effectiveness of subacromial decompression arthroscopy (surgery) verses exercise therapy for rotator cuff tendinopathy. The study followed the patient’s for a minimum of 10 years and compared pain, disability, work ability, and pain at night. The study found no significant differences between the groups.  Click the link below to access this research.

If you are having persistent shoulder pain that is limiting your comfort with function and your ability to move in general, call Omaha Physical Therapy Institute!

Marc Hunley, PT, DPT


Bone Joint J 2017;99-B:799–805.

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