Here is some of the information I recently shared in my June newsletter. Each newsletter has a specific focus. This month is focused on rotator cuff and shoulder injury information. If you would be interested in receiving my newsletter, please head over to my contact page and sign up.
TIDBITS and UPDATES
I recently took a class with Terry Trundle, PTA, ATC, LAT through Cross Country Education, Rotator Cuff Dysfunction: Including Primary and Secondary Impingement. It is a wonderful course for looking at structural dysfunction in the shoulder and I highly recommend it. Check the Cross Country website to find when he will be in your area.
STUDIES, ARTICLES, and RESOURCES
I receive a weekly update on anything published anywhere on the internet that includes information about rotator cuffs and shoulders. Much of it is personal blogs, stories about athletes that are injured, etc., but some of the information can be helpful to practitioners. I try to glean the best of the information at provide a brief synopsis of the information and a link to find the full item yourself. If you have any problems with the links, please let me know, or if you come across any information that you think would be good to share, please also feel free to pass that information along to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. A article published on Chiroeco.com Novemeber 2013 discusses a study comparing home programs to outpatient programs, Study: Rotator cuff home-based exercise as effective as outpatient therapy.
a. The article includes a link to the exercise protocols through the Theraband Academy.
2. A study, Lower muscle regenerative potential in full-thickness supraspinatus tears compared to partial-thickness tears, published in Acta Orthop. 2013 Dec;84(6):565-70. doi: 10.3109/17453674.2013.858289. Epub 2013 Oct 31, found that full thickness tears show reduced poliferative capacity than partial tears
4. For those who use Inkling for free books, there is a book, Orthopedics for Physician Assistants, with a wonderful chapter on Rotator Cuff injuries.
5. In November, Georgia Tech shared information about cutting edge injectable treatments for Rotator Cuff Injuries. Definitely something to watch for.
6. One of the Diagnositic tests for shoulder dysfunction is the NEER test. A good description of the NEER test can be found at About.com.
7. An interesting video of arthoscopic rotator repair can be found on youtube by The Shoulder Center.
8. Currently being tested in Israel is the Inspace Balloon Implant, developed by Dr. Assaf Dekel. Designed to act as a cushion between structures to decrease the healing time. The initial results are promising and the implantation usually involves a minimally invasive procedure. You can find more about this implant at Israel21c.org.
9. The MOON group shoulder program and the results of a study of over 450 patients is reported in Science Daily.