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Arthritis Rheum. 1991 Jun;34(6):766-9.

Shoulder disorders in the elderly: a community survey.

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Rheumatology Research Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Abstract

A community survey of identifiable symptomatic shoulder disorders in a sample of 644 elderly people over age 70 (318 male and 326 female) revealed a prevalence of 21%. Shoulder disorders were more common in women (25%, versus 17% in men). Approximately 70% of the cases of shoulder pain involved the rotator cuff. Fewer than 40% of the subjects sought medical attention for these symptoms. Increased medical awareness is needed, since the elderly often do not volunteer information about such symptoms.

PMID:
2053923
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780340619
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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