Steroid injections for adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder
Report By: Jonathan Shaw - Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine
Institution: Hope Hospital, Manchester
Date Submitted: 24th February 2003
Last Modified: 24th February 2003
Status: Red (incomplete)
Three Part Question
In [patients with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder] are [steroid injections effective] at [shortening time to recovery]?
A sixty-year old man attends the Emergency department complaining of a stiff shoulder. He broke his wrist some two months before and wore a broad arm sling for three weeks, but did not exercise his shoulder in that period. He has limited movements, and you suspect a "frozen shoulder". You wonder whether injection of steroids into the shoulder will be helpful in promoting recovery.