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December/January 2009/2010 (vol. 06/4)

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Chronic shoulder pain

A supervised exercise programme is more effective than shockwave treatment in relieving chronic shoulder pain and improving return to work, according to a single blinded randomised controlled trial. After 18 weeks, 64% of patients in the exercise group achieved a reduction in shoulder pain and disability scores compared with 36% in the shockwave treatment group. More patients in the exercise group returned to work (p = 0.016).

British Medical Journal 2009; 339: b3360. http://www.bmj.com/content/339/bmj.b3360.abstract

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2009/2010 (vol. 06/4) pp41