Rotator Cuff–Related Shoulder Pain: To Inject or Not to Inject?

L Pieters, Jeremy Lewis, Kevin Kuppens, J Jochems, L Joossens, Filip Struyf

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The most common source of shoulder pain is thought to involve the tendons of the rotator cuff and associated structures around the subacromial space. A generic diagnostic term has been suggested, rotator cuff-related shoulder pain (RCRSP), which is an overarching clinical term that includes a number of conditions, such as subacromial impingement syndrome, subacromial pain syndrome, and rotator cuff tendinopathy. The management of RCRSP may include exercise, surgery, or injection therapy. Those who perform or recommend injection therapy for RCRSP have a duty of care to provide advice on the expected benefits and outcomes, as well as the potential risks and associated harms. Clinicians also need to consider what medication to inject, where to inject it, and how to inject it. The aim of this Viewpoint is to discuss these issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-293
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019


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