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Open Access The Efficacy of Oral Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

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Objective: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis on the efficacy of oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for rotator cuff tendinopathy.

Design: Systematic review.

Method: A literature search was conducted in 4 databases for randomized controlled trials published until 05/2013, comparing the efficacy of oral anti-inflammatory drugs to any other intervention. Studies characteristics were extracted using a standardized form and the methodological quality was evaluated. Results were summarized qualitatively or quantitatively.

Results: The mean methodological score of the 12 included studies was 53.6 ± 8.8%. The majority of studies included acute cases and were underpowered to detect differences in adverse events. Compared to a placebo, oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were found to provide short-term pain relief (pooled mean difference: –2.69; 95% confidence interval: –1.96 to –3.41) but not function. Oral anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids injections have similar short-term efficacy in terms of pain reduction as well as in function (pooled standardized mean difference: 0.09; 95% confidence interval: –0.25 to 0.44).

Conclusion: Low to moderate grade evidence exists regarding the efficacy of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for rotator cuff tendinopathy. Oral anti-inflammatory drugs are effective in reducing short-term pain but not function. In terms of pain and function, oral anti-inflammatory drugs in the short term are as effective as corticosteroid injections.

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Keywords: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AGENTS; ROTATOR CUFF; SHOULDER; TENDINOPATHY

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: April 1, 2014

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