Thwaites, Louise and Walker-Bone, Karen (2011) Epidemiology. In: Fernandez de las Penas, Cesar, Cleland, Joshua A and Huijbregts, Peter A (eds.) Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes: Evidence-informed screening, diagnosis and management. Churchill Livingstone, Kidlington, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9780702035289

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In the 21st century, upper extremity pain syndromes are common and cause substantial pain and disability. Upper extremity pain can arise from a very wide range of clinical conditions; however this text focuses on pain arising from non-traumatic non-articular soft tissues, i.e. excluding pain resulting from acute trauma, malignancy and chronic rheumatic diseases. Non-articular soft tissue disorders include some relatively well defined 'specific' patho-anatomical conditions such as lateral epicondylalgia, de Quervain's tenosynovitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Upper extremity pain may also be referred from pathology occurring in the cervical spine (cervico-brachial disorders). Frequently also, upper extremity pain arises in the absence of distinct patho-anatomical physical signs and is labelled as 'non-specific' regional pain.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine
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Depositing User: Alison Crossland
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2012 08:38
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2012 08:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40473
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