• Melatonin may mediate nocturnal pain from shoulder disorders

    For patients with shoulder disorders such as a rotator cuff tear or frozen shoulder, melatonin may mediate nocturnal pain, according to a study published in the July 2 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Source: MedicalXpress

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  • Skip the steroids for shoulder pain?

    For relief of shoulder pain, physical therapy and steroid shots provide similar results, a new study finds. Researchers compared the two nonsurgical approaches in a group of 100-plus adults suffering from shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff problems, tendinitis or bursitis. “Whether you had a steroid injection or physical therapy, the improvement in each group […]

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  • Female athletes at highest risk for first-time noncontact ACL tear

    Although multiple factors influence first-time noncontact ACL injuries, female athletes are most at risk to sustain them, according to recently published data. Researchers reviewed first-time noncontact ACL injury data from 320,719 collegiate athletes and 873,057 high school athletes between fall 2008 and spring 2012. Athlete exposure was determined retrospectively using team-reported schedule and roster data. […]

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  • Divergent trends seen in meniscal and cartilage injuries between primary and revision ACL repair

    In a community-based sample, the prevalence of articular cartilage injury increased between primary and revision ACL repair, whereas the prevalence of meniscal injury decreased, according to recent study findings. Researchers studied 261 patients who underwent both primary and revision ACL reconstruction (ACLR) between February 2005 and September 2011 via community-based registry. Patient data (sex, age, […]

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  • Recovery regression seen in athletes who return from concussions too quickly

    High school athletes who returned to the field after being medically cleared within 60 days of a concussion experienced significant regression in their ability to walk and do simple mental tasks simultaneously, according to results from a University of Oregon study. The study included 19 adolescents with concussion who returned to preinjury activity within 2 […]

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