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Int J Rheum Dis. 2013 Aug;16(4):398-402. doi: 10.1111/1756-185x.12023. Epub 2013 Jan 18.

Clinical outcome of ultrasound-guided steroid injections for chronic shoulder pain.

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Department of Rheumatology, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS FT, Dudley, West Midlands, UK. dimitroul@hotmail.com

Abstract

AIM:

To investigate the short- to medium-term effectiveness of ultrasound (US)-guided steroid injections for shoulder pain in patients who previously failed to respond to unguided steroid injections.

METHODS:

We examined 60 consecutive patients who had undergone US examination and US-guided steroid injection. Patients were categorised into having had a good response (i.e., good pain relief at time of follow-up), some response (improvement for 2-4 weeks) or no response, as documented by their usual rheumatologist in their subsequent routine out-patient review appointments.

RESULTS:

Average age was 64.4 ± 11.5 years and 42 were female. Median interval between US-guided injection and follow-up was four (interquartile range 2-5) months. Thirty-four (56.6%) patients reported a good response, 13 (21.7%) some response and another 13 (21.7%) no response.

CONCLUSIONS:

US guidance of steroid injections may achieve good short- to medium-term benefit in the majority of patients with chronic shoulder pain due to a variety of clinical syndromes.

KEYWORDS:

shoulder pain; ultrasound guided steroid injections

PMID:
23992258
DOI:
10.1111/1756-185x.12023
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