Table 1

Characteristics of patients with tendonitis included in a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials of steroid injections for shoulder and elbow tendonitis

All patientsInjection group (steroids)Control group
Number of patients1731744987
Mean (SD) age, years47.5 (4.9)48.2 (5.2)47.3 (5.8)
Female sex, n (%)659 (38)NANA
Number of patients with shoulder lesion: rotator cuff tendonitis and subacromial impingement (%)618 (33.9)315303
    Acute−253 (40.9)−122−131
    Chronic−245 (39.6)−103−142
    Heterogeneous−120 (19.4)−90− 30
Number of patients with elbow lesion: epicondylitis (%)1113 (64.3)429684
    Acute−513 (46.1)−168−345
    Chronic−483 (43.4)−208−275
    Heterogeneous−117 (10.5)−53−64
  • Acute: <12-week symptom duration; chronic: ⩾12-week symptom duration, heterogeneous: variable symptom duration.

  • NA, not available.