Examination of the Shoulder: The Past, the Present, and the Future

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD 21224-2780, USA.
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Impact Factor: 5.28). 11/2009; 91 Suppl 6(Supplement_6):10-8. DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.I.00534
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    • " function between conservatively and surgically treated patients with subacromial impingement syndrome . ' ' After their systematic review of the literature , Beaudreuil et al . 25 concluded , ' ' the most extensively studied tests for subacromial impingement—Neer and Hawkins—are sensitive but lack specificity , ' ' a conclusion similar to that of Jia et al . 26 . In their 2009 Cochrane review , Coghlan et al . 27 concluded , ' ' There is ' Silver ' . . . level evidence from three trials that there are no significant differences in outcome between open or arthroscopic subacromial decompression and active non - operative treatment for impingement . ' ' Kuhn 28 stated , ' ' Unlike many diagnoses that are based o"
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