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Pain in the neck, shoulder, and arm

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1139

Terminology used is unhelpful

  1. Gabriel Symonds
  1. Medical director Tokyo British Clinic, Tokyo 150, Japan

    EDITOR,—The series title “ABC of Rheumatology” implies that the fundamentals of the subject are clearly set out. The article on pain in the neck, shoulder, and arm, however, is likely to result in more confusion than enlightenment.1 If “mild or moderate degenerative changes [in the neck] are often seen in asymptomatic individuals” then on what evidence …

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