Good results after fluoroscopic-guided intra-articular injections in the treatment of adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder.

  • Sports Medicine Research Laboratory
October 01, 2010 By:
  • Lorbach O
  • Kieb M
  • Scherf C
  • Seil R
  • Kohn D
  • Pape D.

The purpose of the present study was the prospective evaluation of the results of fluoroscopic-guided intra-articular cortisone injection series in the treatment of adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. Twenty-five patients (9 m, 16 w) with a mean age of 49 +/- 8 years and stage II frozen shoulder syndrome according to the Reeves classification were treated with an intra-articular cortisone injection series (3 injections at 0, 4, 12, weeks). Clinical examination, ASES score and SF 36 score were performed at 0, 4, 8, 12 weeks, 6 and 12 months. In the results, significant improvements were seen in flexion (99 +/- 30 degrees -119 +/- 31 degrees , P < .0001), abduction (72 +/- 24-99 +/- 34 degrees , P < .0001), external rotation (14 +/- 16 degrees -28 +/- 21 degrees , P < .0001) and internal rotation already at first follow-up after 4 weeks of treatment. The results were confirmed at any other follow-up. ASES score improved from 28 +/- 13 to 45 +/- 18 after 4 weeks (P < .0001), 59 +/- 21 after 8 weeks (P < .0001), 63 +/- 25 at 3 months (P < .0001), 64 +/- 28 (P < .0001) at 6 months and 73 +/- 27 (P < .0001) points at final follow-up after 1 year. Evaluation of the SF-36 Score showed significant improvements in almost all categories (physical and mental) after 4 weeks of treatment (P < .05). In conclusion, a fluoroscopic-guided intra-articular injection series of cortisone is an effective treatment option in frozen shoulder syndrome leading to a fast pain reduction and increased range motion.

2010 Oct. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc.18(10):1435-41. Epub 2010 Jan 14.
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