Corticosteroid injections for rotator cuff tendinosis

Is it really a viable option?

The wide use of corticosteroid injections into the subacromial space for symptomatic rotator cuff tendinosis may be attributable to habit or an incentive to satisfy the patient with a “quick fix” rather than discuss other options such as physiotherapy and exercise. This 2016 meta-analysis found corticosteroid injections provide, at best - minimal transient pain relief in one in five patients with rotator cuff tendinosis. They also found multiple injections were not more effective than a single injection at any time.


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