BMJ Open. 2022 Nov 2;12(11):e062114. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-062114.
INTRODUCTION: Subacromial injections are therapeutic options for rotator cuff injuries, with consistent results not well established yet for each drug applied. The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to analyse the effectiveness of the substances used in subacromial injections for the treatment of rotator cuff injuries and shoulder impingement syndrome, considering the functional gain and pain improvement of the shoulder.
METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Beginning in November 2022, we will perform a detailed search using the MEDLINE/PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and LILACS databases. Relevant grey literature (reference lists, conference abstracts and academic papers) will also be included.Two reviewers will independently screen and extract the information from the literature. Bias and quality of the included studies will be evaluated using the risk of bias assessment tool provided by the Cochrane Collaboration. Statistical analyses will be performed using Review Manager V.5.4 software.
ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: Approval and patient informed consent are not required because we will only include published literature. The results of this research will be disseminated in a peer-reviewed journal and likely through other scientific events.
PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER: CRD42020199292.