Systematic Reviews: Clinical Scenario
A 58 year old male presented with right shoulder pain developing over the past two weeks, with no history of trauma. Movements were generally painful and restricted, in particular abduction. X-ray was normal. We formulate the question, is corticosteroid injection or physiotherapy more effective in patients with rotator cuff tendinitis?
Searching terms and evidence source: Cochrane Library was searched for "shoulder pain" (Title only) giving a Cochrane review and 39 CCTR "hits".
Read the article and decide:
- Is the evidence from this study valid?
- If valid, is this evidence important?
- If valid and important, can you apply this evidence in caring for your patient?