Pain! It's not what you think it is!

I am going to be very direct and to-the-point with this blog posting as its really all about the stats. So, do you have an MRI that says you have a "bulging disc", a "herniated disc", bone on bone osteoarthritis, a nerve getting squashed or something similar that sounds like you are broken and that your clinician says you need treatment for in order to not feel pain? The following info is for you.

Shoulder Surgery

Type 2 SLAP lesion randomised controlled trial of three interventions - sham surgery (no actual repair done), biceps tenodesis (tendon release) or labral repair surgery. They compared the patients in intervals post surgery and found at 6 and 24 months of follow-up, there were no significant differences between labral repair, biceps tenodesis and sham surgery for patients with a type II SLAP lesion in the population studied.

Why does this study matter? Well, it shows us that surgery in this case was no better than the placebo sham surgery. Why waste your money and potential harm from the surgery? See the graph below for a comparison.

Sham vs real surgery