Comparison of treatments for frozen shoulder: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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Key Points

  1. Intra-articular corticosteroid injection was associated with greater short-term and possibly mid-term benefit than other non-surgical treatments.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is a relatively common condition seen in the clinic. Currently there is no widely accepted evidence-based model for choosing between the many different treatments available for frozen shoulder. This systematic review and meta-analysis attempted to fill this gap, by comparing the effectiveness of different interventions with a view towards guiding clinical practice.

Currently there is no widely accepted evidence-based model for choosing between different treatments for frozen shoulder.
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All patients should be advised that frozen shoulder is a self-limiting condition.

METHODS

The authors searched for randomized controlled trials that compared different treatments for frozen shoulder with other treatments, placebo, or no treatment. Studies that compared use of the same treatment method in slightly different ways (e.g. different dosages) were excluded. Participants

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