Patch as good as steroid injection for shoulder pain, study says

06/5/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Patients get as much pain relief from a twice-daily heated lidocaine tetracaine patch as from a single steroid injection for the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome, researchers from the Injury Care Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, reported. They told the American College of Sports Medicine's annual meeting that more patients using the patch achieved a 30% or greater reduction in pain after six weeks than did patients in the injection group.

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