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Exercise therapy after corticosteroid injection for moderate to severe shoulder pain: large pragmatic randomised trial

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 28 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3037

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What was the patients' conclusion?

I was pleased to read this report as the authors have carried
clinical research to its cradle: day-to-day practice. However, I was
disappointed to read the conclusion in the abstract. The difference
between the treatments might not have been significant at week 12, but it
was at week 1 and week 6. If early relief and return to usual activity is
a valued patient oriented outcome (PRO), as I suspect it is, the trial has
shown that steroid injection with exercise does achieve it better than
exercise alone!

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 June 2010
Arun S. Nanivadekar
Independent Consultant
Deonar Pada Road, Mumbai 400088, India
Flat 201, Avalon, Raheja Acropolis 1