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Comparative Effectiveness of Particulate Versus Nonparticulate Steroid Injections for Musculoskeletal Conditions

This aims of this study are:

1. To determine if particulate or non-particulate corticosteroid injections are more effective at treating pain from musculoskeletal pathologies of the hip, glenohumeral joint, biceps tendon, or subacromial/subdeltoid bursa at 2 weeks, 3 months, or 6 months.

2. To determine if there is a significantly different side effect profile between particulate and non-particulate corticosteroids when used for hip, glenohumeral joint, biceps tendon, or subacromial/subdeltoid bursa injections.

Stanford is currently accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Drug: Triamcinolone or Betamethasone
  • Drug: Dexamethasone


Phase 4


Inclusion Criteria:

   - Age greater than or equal to 18

   - Ability to provide informed consent

   - Capable of complying with the outcome instruments used

   - Capable of attending all planned follow up visits

   - Patient is deemed appropriate for intra-articular hip, glenohumeral, peri-tendinous
   biceps, or subdeltoid bursa corticosteroid injection by their treating physician for
   the treatment of painful musculoskeletal condition

   - Average pain of greater than or equal to 4/10 over the last 7 days

Exclusion Criteria:

   - Unclear diagnosis

   - Pregnancy

   - Incarcerated patients

   - Prior corticosteroid injection into the same anatomical site within the last 3 months

   - Prior prosthetic surgery on the joint

   - Any condition that increases injection risk such as bleeding tendencies, uncontrolled
   diabetes, current active infection, or infection requiring antibiotics within the last
   7 days

   - Chronic opioid use to control pain

   - Workers compensation and litigation

   - BMI > 40

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - N/A

Genders Eligible for Study


Now accepting new patients

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Agnes Martinez Ith