February 11, 2019

Shoulder Physio Literature Review

#1 February 2019

Welcome to the inaugural Shoulder Physio literature review. I will release the reviews monthly and intend to succinctly summarise important scientific journal articles that have the potential to inform, modify or progres...

July 15, 2018

 This very recent study has demonstrated that some people with frozen shoulder actually have significantly more movement when under a general anaesthetic than when awake. This has challenged the conventional belief that stiffness in frozen shoulder is due to capsular t...

July 11, 2018


 A well conducted Randomised Controlled Trial published in 2013 investigated how supervised exercise (strengthening) compared with surgery (sub-acromial decompression) for the management of rotator cuff releated shoulder pain...

July 11, 2018

This is a quality study conducted in 2014 that showed supervised exercise by a physiotherapist in a cohort of people with frozen shoulder resulted in significant improvements in pain and function. This was compared to independent home exercise and individual multi moda...

July 11, 2018

For many years the clinical dogma in frozen shoulder has been no matter what you do, after 30 months your shoulder will be better. This has never sat comfortably with me. I understand that natural history is often the greatest healer, but surely there is something that...

July 11, 2018

This is a very interesting study exploring the proportion of people in a population who have a rotator cuff tear. The results clearly show that the prevalance of having a rotator cuff tear increases with age. It also categorically shows that most rotator cuff tears are...

May 9, 2016

Cortisone injections are very popular in musculoskeletal medicine for all types of conditions. Specifically at the shoulder, sub-acromial bursa injections are frequent for the management of rotator cuff related shoulder pain/sub-acromial pain syndrome, but what is thei...

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