Saturday, February 9, 2013

Steroid vs NSAID injection for shoulder pain

A double-blind randomized controlled trial comparing the effects of subacromial injection with corticosteroid versus NSAID in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome.

The inclusion criteria included shoulder pain with passive and/or active abduction, diagnosis of subacromial bursitis based on tenderness to palpation about the acromion, positive Neer’s sign, positive Hawkin’s sign, and pain exacerbated with the shoulder held in internal rotation. It is not clear how many of these had to be present for inclusion. As is pointed out recently, the diagnosis of 'impingement syndrome' can in most cases be replaced with a more specific anatomical diagnosis, because many of the 'classical' signs have been shown to be non-specific. While MRI imaging was not used in all patients, a number of patients meeting the inclusion criteria were found to have cuff tears.

Nevertheless, this study is of interest because it was a double-blinded randomized controlled clinical trial comparing the subacromial injection of either 40 mg triamcinolone or 60 mg of ketorolac.

While both group were improved, the authors noted that an injection of ketorolac resulted in greater improvements in the UCLA scale than an injection of triamcinolone at 4 weeks follow-up. They suggest that ketorolac may have fewer potential side effects that steroid injection.


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