Corticosteroid Injections Plus Exercise Ease Achilles Tendinopathy – Consumer Health News

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Combination of corticosteroid injections and exercise therapy helps reduce symptoms of longstanding Achilles tendinopathy, according to research published online July 11 in Open JAMA Network.

In a randomized, participant-blinded, physician-blinded, and rater-blinded clinical trial of patients with ultrasound-verified Achilles tendinopathy, Finn Johannsen, MD, of Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, and his colleagues assessed the effect of corticosteroid injection and exercise therapy (48 patients) versus placebo injection and exercise therapy (52 patients) for patients with tendinopathy of Achilles.

The researchers found that at six months, the group receiving exercise therapy combined with corticosteroid injections had a 17.7-point greater improvement in Victorian Institute of Sports Assessment-Achilles scores compared to patients receiving exercise therapy combined with placebo injections. Neither group had serious adverse events or deterioration during the two years of follow-up.

“The present study adds to current knowledge and suggests that corticosteroid injection may play a valuable role in the management of long-standing Achilles tendinopathy when combined with exercise therapy” , write the authors. “A combination of exercise therapy and corticosteroid injection should be considered in the management of longstanding Achilles tendinopathy.”

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