How many corticosteroid injections are needed to treat joint and soft tissue injuries?

Updated: Mar 01, 2019
  • Author: Jess D Salinas, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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Increasing evidence favors ultrasound guidance for corticosteroid joint injections. In a randomized, double-blind, controlled study in 184 patients, Cunnington et al found that ultrasound-guided injections performed by a trainee rheumatologist were more accurate than the clinical examination–guided injections performed by more senior rheumatologists (83% vs 66%). Accurate injections led to greater improvement in joint function. [29]


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