Effectiveness of ultrasound-guided injections combined with shoulder exercises in the treatment of subacromial adhesive bursitis

Giuseppe Gasparre, Isabella Fusaro, Stefano Galletti, Silvia Volini, Maria Grazia Benedetti

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the association of exercises for the shoulder with ultrasound- guided injection into the bursa significantly improves the treatment outcome in adhesive bursitis. Two groups of 35 patients, one treated with ultrasound-guided injection (UGI) and the other one with ultrasound-guided injection and home exercise program (UGI-exercise) for 1 month, were assessed for pain and shoulder function before treatment, 1 and 3 months post-treatment. Fourteen patients in UGI group and 23 patients in the UGI-exercises group were completely free of pain after 1 month (p = 0.031). At 3 months' follow-up, patients in the UGIexercise group showed a significant improvement with respect to the other group (p = 0.005). No differences were found in function assessment. The UGI combined with shoulder exercises in the treatment of subacromial adhesive bursitis is effective to ensure a more frequent complete pain relief in the medium term.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMusculoskeletal Surgery
Volume96
Issue numberSUPP
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Rehabilitation
  • Subacromial adhesive bursitis
  • US-guided injection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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