I have a suspicion, after reading many of your notes on injectable steroids, that I seem to have developed a type of “tendonitis” in my upper arms due to multiple elbow steroid injections. I have had 4 in my left elbow (worst arm) and 2 in my right, about 5yrs ago. I have been having this tendon problem for about one year now, and not one doctor can figure out what’s wrong. One actually said “it seems like tendonitis”, but no cause or cure was suggested. The steroid injections is the only common denominator here. The right arm is affected as well, but not nearly to the degree of the left (and I’m right handed, so maybe the strong arm is less affected, plus I only had 2 injections there). Is there hope for acute tendonitis in my bicep/tricep area?
The subacromial corticosteroid injections for the rotator cuff disease and intra-articular steroid injection for adhesive capsulitis are quite beneficial. However the impact of these injections can be short-lived. Experts suggest that a more extensive research is required to study the efficacy of the corticosteroid injections for shoulder pain. There are other issues that also need to be clarified. The most important amongst these is whether the factors like accuracy of needle placement, anatomical site, frequency, dose and type of corticosteroid influences the efficacy of the injection.
The authors report that patients got better (pain relief) no matter what treatment was given. Using a special tool called the Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI), even greater improvements were made when steroid injection was paired with Physical Therapy. That particular combination worked better than steroid injection alone, saline solution injection alone, or saline injection with Physical Therapy. Taking a closer look at the overall (long-term) results, any advantage the steroid injections provided was short-term. With longer follow-up, all treatments had an equal effect.