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J Med Econ. 2008;11(3):371-81. doi: 10.3111/13696990802191564.

A comparison of work absence periods and the associated costs for two different modes of exercise therapies for patients with longstanding subacromial pain.

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Faculty of Health Education and Social Work, Department of Physical Therapy, Sør-Trøndelag University College, N-7004, Trondheim, Norway. harvard.osteras@hist.no

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There are no studies on economic issues concerning rehabilitation exercises for shoulder pain.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the study was to investigate sick leave and the associated costs after a medical exercise therapy programme in patients with longstanding subacromial pain/impingement.

METHODS:

A randomised controlled trial in which 61 patients were randomly assigned either to a high-dosage medical exercise therapy group (HD) (n=31) or to a low dosage exercise therapy group (LD) (n=30). Both groups were given three treatments a week over 3 months. The differences between the groups were number of repetitions, number of sets and time performing global aerobic exercises.

RESULTS:

The outcome for the HD group was significantly (p<0.05) better compared to the LD group. The reduction in costs for sick leave for the HD group was 59.1%, whereas for the LD group, the reduction was only 42.3%, which is a significant difference.

CONCLUSION:

In patients with longstanding subacromial pain, HD medical exercise therapy might be an efficient treatment approach.

PMID:
19450093
DOI:
10.3111/13696990802191564
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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