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Research Article

Comparison of injection techniques for shoulder pain: results of a double blind, randomised study.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 05 November 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:1339
  1. G R Hollingworth,
  2. R M Ellis,
  3. T S Hattersley


    Seventy seven patients with soft tissue shoulder lesions including adhesive capsulitis and disorders of the rotator cuff and acromioclavicular joint were admitted to a trial comparing two different methods of corticosteroid injection with local anaesthetic in a randomly allocated double blind study. The method of anatomical injection after diagnosis by the technique of selective tissue tension gave 60% success compared with the method using tender or trigger point localisation, giving 20% success (p less than 0.001).