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Shoulder pain is, globally, the 3rd most common musculoskeletal complaint, and rotator cuff tendinopathy—whether acute or chronic—is a leading cause of shoulder pain. Prevalence is high, with up to 70% of the world having shoulder pain at some point, and up to a half still having pain at a year’s...

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The Journal of Medical Internet Research has published an article on the use of smartphones to help combat chronic pain. 209 patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain were randomized to an intervention group, with web-based psychosocial therapy through a smartphone, while the control group could...

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Does an earlier age for first menstrual cycle lead to chronic widespread pain later in life? Researchers in Norway utilized the Tromsø Study—conducted from 2007-2008 and 2015-2016, with over 12,000 participants aged 30-99—and reported findings in the journal of Pain. The study looked at chronic...

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A $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will be used to research chronic musculoskeletal pain treatments. Due to worker disability and lost wages, this type of condition, which leads to pain in bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons, costs the United States $500 billion...

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Early detection for dementia or stroke risk could improve outcomes. In a retrospective cohort study reported in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, researchers used Framingham Heart Study data. After determining widespread pain, and those who were dementia-free at baseline, researchers followed up...

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Which screening and diagnostic tests are ordered for a new patient with potential musculoskeletal pain? That’s the question posed in an article published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Researchers looked at almost 12,000 initial medical encounters over 9 years that had a...

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“Musculoskeletal disorder in adults with cerebral palsy is higher than in the general population,” leading researchers to examine the level of use of physical therapy and occupational therapy services in this group. The study, published in the Disability and Health Journal, compared comorbidities...

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Cancer leads to chronic pain for 5 million cancer survivors, and that pain is frequently treated with medication. However, acupuncture treatments may work better, and with fewer potential side effects. An article in JAMA Oncology reports a review of two types of acupuncture: electroacupuncture...

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In an article in the journal Scientific Reports, the link between chronic musculoskeletal pain and insomnia is examined. Does chronic musculoskeletal pain predict insomnia? If it does, can it predict the severity of the insomnia? What about other modifiers? The study looked at participant gender and...

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In an article in JAMA Network Open, the authors reviewed studies to determine the most successful treatment of frozen shoulder—adhesive capsulitis—a common, painful fibroproliferative tissue fibrosis affecting 2.4 out of 100,000 people per year. The researchers looked at 65 studies and almost 4100...

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