Corticosteroid Therapy for Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Italian researchers recently performed a study among geriatric patients using intramuscular corticosteroid injections to relieve pain associated with rotator cuff tears and tendonitis.  This information will be useful to doctors in determining whether their patients may be benefited from the use of an intramuscular corticosteroid injection or not.

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They studied 60 patients with rotator cuff tears and divided them into three groups of 20 patients each. One group received a single 40 mg triamcinolone acetonide intraarticular injection. Another group repeat 40 mg triamcinolone acetonide intraarticular injections 21 days apart and the third group served as the controls and had no injections….More at Corticosteroids relieved rotator cuff tear pain in geriatric patients – Healio

After three and six months there was a noticeable improvement of decreased pain at night and during activities.  The size of the tear and the age of the patients was also a predictor in this study.

 

If you would like more information on this study, please see Corticosteroids relieved rotator cuff tear pain in geriatric patients – Healio