Boise, ID, June 01, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Dr Radnovich’s presentation was about his study comparing the efficacy of a topical patch with an injection in the treatment of shoulder pain from Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (SIS).
The research found that both the injection and the patch were effective in reducing pain and improving function in this common and painful condition, sometimes called Rotator Cuff Impingement.
Sixty patients who enrolled in the study had similar baseline pain scores. During the 6 week trial, there were no significant differences between the patch and injection groups’ response to treatment. Clinically significant reductions in pain were reported by 83% of the patch group, compared with 74% in the injection group. Similar improvements in both groups were seen for and pain interference with general activity, work, or sleep.
The patch, Synera, heats up when exposed to air and contains a combination of numbing medications. The heat helps drive the medications into the painful tissues. The patch was originally developed as a way to reduce pain of medical procedures, like injections.
The typical treatment for SIS usually involves anti-inflammatory medications, referral to physical therapy or steroid injections.
“Use of the patch could represent a significant advantage for patients who may not want to take pills or have an injection, and is more convenient than getting physical therapy,” notes Dr Radnovich.
Dr Radnovich is a Boise physician and the the owner of Injury Care Medical Center, a facility that specializes in clinical research and treatment of musculoskeltal problems. He is continuing his research with the patch.