There was some evidence that injection therapy may help get patients back to sporting activities and decrease pain in the short term, but there was no evidence indicating a difference between groups in patient satisfaction with treatment. The evidence for the other comparisons, such as injection therapy versus exercises, made by single studies was too limited to report here. Most of the studies had some aspects that could undermine the reliability of their results. We decided the evidence was of low or very low quality for all outcomes.
Thus, the findings remain uncertain and further research may provide evidence that could change our conclusions. The currently available evidence is insufficient to support the routine use of injection therapies for painful Achilles tendons in adults. Future studies are needed to provide definitive evidence for this potentially important treatment.
There is insufficient evidence from randomised controlled trials to draw conclusions on the use, or to support the routine use, of injection therapies for treating Achilles tendinopathy. This review has highlighted a need for definitive research in the area of injection therapies for Achilles tendinopathy, including in older non-athletic populations. This review has shown that there is a consensus in the literature that placebo-controlled trials are considered the most appropriate trial design.
Achilles tendinopathy is a common condition, often with significant functional consequences. As a wide range of injection treatments are available, a review of randomised trials evaluating injection therapies to help inform treatment decisions is warranted. To assess the effects benefits and harms of injection therapies for people with Achilles tendinopathy. We also searched trial registers 29 May and reference lists of articles to identify additional studies.
We included randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials evaluating injection therapies in adults with an investigator-reported diagnosis of Achilles tendinopathy. We accepted comparison arms of placebo sham or no injection control, or other active treatment such as physiotherapy, pharmaceuticals or surgery.
Two review authors independently extracted data from the included studies. For follow-up data, we defined short-term as up to six weeks, medium-term as up to three months and longer-term as data beyond three months. We performed meta-analysis where appropriate. We included 18 studies participants. Seven trials exclusively studied athletic populations. The mean ages of the participants in the individual trials ranged from 20 years to 50 years. Fifteen trials compared an injection therapy with a placebo injection or no injection control, four trials compared an injection therapy with active treatment, and one compared two different concentrations of the same injection.
Thus no trials compared different injection therapies. Two studies had three trial arms and we included them twice in two different categories. Within these categories, we further subdivided injection therapies by mode of action injury-causing versus direct repair agents. The risk of bias was unclear due to poor reporting or high in six trials published between and Improved methodology and reporting for the subsequent trials published between and meant that these were at less risk of bias.
Given the very low quality evidence available from each of four small trials comparing different combinations of injection therapy versus active treatment and the single trial comparing two doses of one injection therapy, only the results of the first comparison injection therapy versus control are presented.
There is low quality evidence of a lack of significant or clinically important differences in VISA-A scores 0 to best function between injection therapy and control groups at six weeks MD 0. Data extraction and synthesis: In reviewing the literature, particular attention was paid to the relative strengths of the different study designs. From these data, the factors associated with effectiveness and safety of injected corticosteroids were examined.
Main results: The only rigorous studies one randomized controlled trial, one cohort study showed no benefit of corticosteroids over placebo. In animal studies, corticosteroid injections decrease adhesion formation, temporarily weaken the tendon if given intratendinously, but have no effect on tendon strength if injected into the paratenon.
Most side effects are temporary, but skin atrophy and depigmentation can be permanent. Although there are many case reports of Achilles tendon rupture following local corticosteroid injection, there are no published rigorous studies that evaluate the risk of rupture with or without corticosteroid injection. Conclusions: There are insufficient published data to determine the comparative risks and benefits of corticosteroid injections in Achilles tendonitis. The decreased tendon strength with intratendinous injections in animal studies suggests that rupture may be a potential complication for several weeks following injection.
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