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Findings from a study conducted in the United Kingdom and published online in the journal The Lancet suggest little difference in outcomes for patients with subacromial shoulder pain treated with various options. 

The authors conducted a multicenter, randomized, pragmatic, parallel group, placebo-controlled trial of 274 patients treated with arthroscopic subacromial decompression (n = 90), investigational arthroscopy only (n = 94), or no intervention (n = 90). At 6-month follow-up, they found no significant difference in mean Oxford Shoulder Score across cohorts. The authors note that both surgical groups displayed a small benefit over no treatment, but write that the differences were not clinically important. Two patients in each cohort experienced frozen shoulders. Learn more...