Arthroscopic subacromial decompression for subacromial shoulder pain (the CSAW trial)

Probably the biggest paper out this week, it’s the first study to compare a shoulder surgery with a placebo intervention (in this case an investigational arthroscopy). It’s also the largest study to compare surgery with no treatment.  313 patients randomised to 3 groups: decompression (n=106), arthroscopy only (n=103), no treatment (n=104). Open access: YES Published…

Pain and fatigue in sport: are they so different?

This is a new editorial on BJSM with the title above. It’s certainly an interesting topic when research shows some similarities between pain and fatigue, namely the fact that both are perceived sensations that are highly influenced by the brain and not just a product of basic physiology in the body. This is also an…