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2021 May 07

Eur J Pain

Authors’ reply to the comment by Russo et al.


Pushparaj H, Bhatia A
Eur J Pain. 2021 May 07.
PMID: 33961324.


We would like to thank Dr. Russo and colleagues (Russo et al., 2021) for their interest in our publication (Pushparaj et al., 2021) and for their insightful comments. Dr. Russo and his colleagues are correct in stating our meta-analysis of 7 RCTs did not show analgesic benefit of pulsed radiofrequency [pRF] neuromodulation for chronic shoulder pain over conservative medical management [CMM]. As noted by Dr. Russo and colleagues, heterogeneity in "conventional medical management" in the included studies was considerable. Though a meta-analysis that does not include the data from Eyigor study (Eyigor et al., 2010) may yield different results, we recommend focusing on the qualitative analysis of the results as summarized in the letter by Dr. Russo et al.