Injections for Shoulder Pain

TREATMENT FOR SHOULDER PAIN

Hot & Cold Packs for Shoulder Pain

Laser for Shoulder Pain

Manual Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Medication NSAIDS for Shoulder Pain

Electrical Stimulation for Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain

Injections for Shoulder Pain

Ultrasound for Shoulder Pain

Surgery for Shoulder Pain

 

Treatment Ratings

R E S C U R

RISK: 1/5

Medium_One_Heart_Rating

Due to the risk of long-term damage injections should be considered as a last resort only.

E

EFFECTIVENESS: 2/5

Medium_Two_Heart_Rating

While injections may provide short-term relief, evidence of long-term effectiveness is lacking, and combined with issues related to risk result in a very low rating for this therapy.

S

SELF CARE: 0/5

Medium_No_Heart_Rating

One obviously cannot inject themselves; therefore we rate this therapy as 0/5.

C

COST: 1/5

Medium_One_Heart_Rating

While not as costly as surgery, the costs of injections compared to other more conservative measures are very high, therefore they receive a very low rating.

U

USEFULNESS: 1/5

Medium_One_Heart_Rating

Steroid injections are not recommended for shoulder sprain/strain injuries. However, they may be recommended for short-term use only for conditions such as: adhesive capsulitis, impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tendinopathy, or arthritis. Used over time and depending upon dosage, steroid injections have been shown to potentially damage the joints/soft tissue. So, while one may receive short-term benefit, long-term manage may result. Consider injections only as a last resort. [i], [ii]

[i] Babatunde OO, Jordan JL, Van der Windt DA, Hill JC, Foster NE, Protheroe J. Effective treatment options for musculoskeletal pain in primary care: A systematic overview of current evidence. PLoS One. 2017;12(6):e0178621.

[ii] Skedros JG, Hunt KJ, Pitts TC. Variations in corticosteroid/anesthetic injections for painful shoulder conditions: comparisons among orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, and physical medicine and primary-care physicians. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2007 Jul 6;8:63.

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