Frozen shoulder syndrome: comparison of oral route corticosteroid and intra-articular corticosteroid injection

Med J Malaysia. 2004 Aug;59(3):312-6.


Twenty-six patients with frozen shoulder syndrome (Stage 2 and 3) were included in this study conducted at Dr. Kariadi General Hospital, Semarang, Indonesia and randomly allocated into 2 groups: 40 mg triamcinolone intra-articular injection and triamcinolone oral tablets. The result showed that triamcinolone intra-articular injection group "cured" rate was 5.8 times higher at week one compared to the triamcinolone tablet group. Sixty-two percent of the cases with triamcinolone intra-articular injection achieved their "cured" condition after one week of therapy, compared with only 14% of the triamcinolone tablets group. We conclude that, intra-articular corticosteroid injection provide faster improvement compared to oral route.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Hospitals, General
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intra-Articular
  • Joint Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Shoulder Joint / pathology*
  • Shoulder Pain / drug therapy
  • Shoulder Pain / etiology
  • Syndrome
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Triamcinolone / therapeutic use*


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Triamcinolone