April 1997 Bulletin

Academy develops new booklets on shoulder, spine

The Academy has developed two new patient education booklets - Shoulder Surgery and Low Back Surgery.

Shoulder surgery focuses on rotator cuff and impingement problems. The booklet was designed to provide patients with a clear understanding of how the shoulder works, the common causes of problems and treatment options. The low back surgery booklet helps patients understand how the spine works, causes of some back and leg pain and the benefits and limitations of surgery. Both booklets include a fold-out, tear-off section with exercises and activities after treatments.

The booklets were developed by the Committee on Public Education, assisted by experts from the related Academy clinical committees and specialty societies.

For more information about Shoulder Surgery (item 03080) and Low Back Surgery (item 03081) contact the Academy's Customer Service department (800) 626-6726.

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