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MedRisk's Mary O'Donoghue Will Moderate "When Good Shoulders Go Bad" Session at CWC Risk


Shoulder pain is one the most common musculoskeletal problems in
workers' compensation, second only to low back pain. In fact, it is even
more prevalent in some industries. The number of rotator cuff surgeries
has increased over the past two decades, despite the fact that over 50
percent of rotator cuff patients improve significantly without surgery.

MedRisk's Mary O'Donoghue will moderate a session on diagnosing and
treating rotator cuff issues at the California Workers Compensation Risk
Conference (CWC Risk). "When Good Shoulders Go Bad: A Step-by-Step Guide
to Better Outcomes," will be presented by Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH,
FACOEM, Professor, University of Colorado Schools of Medicine and Public
Health, and Angela DeBortoli, Program Manager of Workers' Compensation
at the University of California. Discussion points include symptoms,
surgical indications, recent research, and guidelines for evidence-based

"Many physicians and researchers now believe that conservative care
including exercise, should be the first approach," O'Donoghue said. "One
study by Kuhn showed that six weeks after first participating in an
exercise-based physical therapy program, fewer than 10 percent of
patients with atraumatic rotator cuff injuries required surgery."

The session will start at 10:35 a.m. on September 6. CWC Risk will take
place at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California September
5-7. For more information, please see

About MedRisk

Based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, MedRisk is the largest managed
care organization dedicated to the physical rehabilitation of injured
workers. One of the Inc. 5,000 fastest growing privately held companies
for 12 consecutive years, MedRisk counts over 116,000 providers in its
network and serves almost 500,000 injured workers every year. It holds
direct contracts with more than 80 percent of the nation's top workers'
compensation insurers and third-party administrators. MedRisk, which has
successfully completed a SSAE 16 Type II examination, ensures high
quality care and delivers outstanding customer service. To that end, all
customer service professionals, healthcare advocates and physical
therapists are based in the U.S. For more information, visit
or call 800-225-9675.

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