What is the role of injections in the treatment of supraspinatus tendonitis?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Subacromial injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) was reviewed in a retrospective trial. [8] The authors concluded that most patients reported a moderate (>50%) improvement in symptoms of pain; 85% were satisfied with the ultrasound-guided PRP injection. [8] Further studies are needed as a recent Cochrane review concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to recommend the use of platelet-rich therapies (PRT) to treat musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries. [9]

A study by Flores et al reported that subacromial hyaluronic acid injections combined with physical therapy were effective in the treatment of supraspinatus tendinopathy. [10]


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