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3). Patients with minor degrees of spondylolisthesis are usually asymptomatic, although some may have mechanical LBP. Greater degrees of spondylolisthesis occasionally cause sciatica or spinal stenosis. 3 (a) Spondylolysis with bilateral defects in the pars interarticularis (arrows); (b) spondylolysis at L5 resulting in spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 times paraesthesiae in the buttocks, thighs and legs. Symptoms are induced by standing or walking and relieved by sitting or flexing forward. Forward flexion increases the canal diameter and may lead to the adoption of a simian stance.
Non-mechanical LBP, especially when accompanied by nocturnal pain, suggests the possibility of underlying infection or neoplasm. Inflammatory LBP, as seen in the spondyloarthropathies, is accompanied by night-time waking with pain and stiffness 24 ABC of Rheumatology and/or prolonged morning stiffness that improves with exercise but not with rest. The radicular pain of sciatica suggests nerve root impingement. It should be differentiated from non-neurogenic sclerotomal pain. Pseudoclaudication is seen with spinal stenosis.
It is therefore important to assess both active (patient moves the shoulder) and passive (the examiner moves the shoulder) movements to distinguish apparent from true restriction of shoulder motion. Painful weakness and atrophy suggest significant tears. Winging or asymmetry of the scapula may indicate a degree of shoulder instability. The “drop arm” test suggests a complete or large rotator cuff tear. Calcific tendinitis usually affects women aged 30–50 years and is associated with the formation and resorption of calcific deposits within the cuff.
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