A placebo-controlled trial of steroid injections in the treatment of supraspinatus tendonitis

Scand J Rheumatol. 1985;14(1):76-8. doi: 10.3109/03009748509102022.


In this report of a double-blind placebo-controlled trial of steroid injections for supraspinatus tendonitis, there was no statistical difference in the improvement in pain score between the two groups at 2 and 8 weeks of follow-up or in analgesic consumption. This trial casts further doubt on the efficacy of such treatment in soft tissue lesions around the shoulder.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intra-Articular
  • Male
  • Methylprednisolone / administration & dosage
  • Methylprednisolone / therapeutic use
  • Middle Aged
  • Placebos
  • Shoulder Joint
  • Tendinopathy / drug therapy*


  • Placebos
  • Methylprednisolone