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Study of 25% Dextrose Injections in Shoulder Ligaments and Tendons to Promote Their Healing (Prolotherapy)

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01402011
First Posted: July 26, 2011
Last Update Posted: September 4, 2013
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Collaborator:
Work Safe BC
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Helene Bertrand, University of British Columbia
  Purpose

HYPOTHESIS: Prolotherapy, the injection of a growth promoting solution in injured ligaments and tendons of the shoulder is an effective treatment that decreases pain, increases functional capacity and promotes healing better and in less time than standard treatment with physiotherapy.

OVERVIEW: 75 subjects with rotator cuff tendinopathy proven by ultrasound will be recruited and assigned randomly into one of three groups of 25 to receive one of these three different treatments:

Group A (test): 25% dextrose with 0.1% lidocaine, injected into the tendons and ligaments Group B (control): 0.1% lidocaine injected in the rotator cuff tendons and ligaments Group C(control): 0.1% lidocaine injected subcutaneously above these structures All subjects will receive physiotherapy every other week for three months. To avoid placebo effects, patients, the radiologist and physiotherapist will not know to which treatment group the patients belong; the physician administering the injections will not be involved in assessing disability before or after treatment. (Note: The physician will know which patients belong to group C because it will be obvious: they are delivering a subcutaneous - versus a joint - injection).

There will be three sets of injections - one set per month for 3 months. The patients' condition will be tracked for nine months after the first treatment, to monitor changes in 3 outcome measures: pain (VAS and Rx #s), function (DASH and PESS), and tendon healing (as assessed by ultrasound).


Condition Intervention
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Procedure: shoulder injections

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prolotherapy in the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy, a Randomized Double-blind Placebo-controlled Study

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Helene Bertrand, University of British Columbia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Visual analog pain scale [ Time Frame: 20 minutes before first injection on first day of patient visit ]
    Subject marks his pain level at rest, at work, doing sports on a 10 cm scale.

  • Visual analog pain scale [ Time Frame: one month ]
    Subject marks his pain level at rest, at work, doing sports on a 10 cm scale.

  • Visual analog pain scale [ Time Frame: two months ]
    Subject marks his pain level at rest, at work, doing sports on a 10 cm scale.

  • Visual analog pain scale [ Time Frame: three months ]
    Subject marks his pain level at rest, at work, doing sports on a 10 cm scale.

  • Visual analog pain scale [ Time Frame: six months ]
    Subject marks his pain level at rest, at work, doing sports on a 10 cm scale.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Rotator cuff ultrasound, ultrasound shoulder pathology rating scale [ Time Frame: 20 minutes before first injection on first day of patient visit and at six months ]
    From Brose et al. "shoulder ultrasound abnormalities, physical examination findings, and pain in manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury" Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008 Nov, 89: 2086-93 appendix 2. rates biceps tendinopathy (0-6), supraspinatus tendinopathy (0-5), greater to Bross at the cortical surface (0-3), dynamics supraspinatus impingement (0-3), dynamic subscapularis/ biceps/ coracoid impingement (0-3)

  • Physical Examination of the Shoulder Scale [ Time Frame: 20 minutes before first injection on first day of patient visit, 1,2,3, and six months ]
    From Steven W. Brose, DO, Michael L. Boninger, MD, Bradley Fullerton, MD, Thane McCann, MD, From: Jennifer L. Collinger, BSE, Bradley G. Impink, BSE, Trevor A. Dyson-Hudson, MD Shoulder ultrasound abnormalities, physical examination findings, and pain in manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008 Nov; 89:2086-93, appendix 1 12 parameters of shoulder examination scored:0=no pain, 1= tender, 2= pain

  • Disabilities of the arm shoulder and hand questionnaire [ Time Frame: Immediately after first injection, 1,2,3, six months ]
    http://www.dash.iwh.on.ca/assets/images/pdfs/DASH_quest06.pdf 30 questions assessing ability to use shoulder in everyday activities, each question scored 1 to 5, where one is normal, no problem and five is unable to perform.

  • Nine Month questionnaire [ Time Frame: Nine months after first injection treatment appointment ]
    Phone call asking: how much pain they had (none, mild, moderate, severe), whether shoulder pain was affecting their ability to perform the activities of daily living (ADLs) (yes or no), how would they rate the shoulder pain now (none, mild, moderate, severe), how satisfied were they with their treatment (extremely satisfied, satisfied, neutral, dissatisfied, extremely dissatisfied ), whether they used other therapies for shoulder pain since completion of treatment (yes or no), which ones?, how much time did they spend off work because of their shoulder pain?

  • total prescription pain medication used [ Time Frame: 20 minutes before first injection on first day of patient visit, six months ]
    Total amount of narcotic pain medication prescribed


Enrollment: 72
Study Start Date: November 2010
Study Completion Date: June 2013
Primary Completion Date: June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 25% dextrose in ligaments and tendons
25% dextrose and .1% lidocaine injected in the rotator cuff ligaments and tendons.
Procedure: shoulder injections
injections of 1 mL of solution in the following tendons: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor ( on greater tuberosity), subscapularis ( on lesser tuberosity), long tendon of biceps ( on supra-glenoid tubercle), short tendons of biceps on coracoid process, and the inferior glenohumeral ligament, anteriorly and posteriorly. If symptomatic the insertion of the teres minor and the triceps on the scapula.
Other Names:
  • Prolotherapy
  • regenerative injection therapy
Active Comparator: .1% lidocaine in ligaments and tendons
.1% lidocaine injected in the shoulder ligaments and tendons
Procedure: shoulder injections
injections of 1 mL of solution in the following tendons: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor ( on greater tuberosity), subscapularis ( on lesser tuberosity), long tendon of biceps ( on supra-glenoid tubercle), short tendons of biceps on coracoid process, and the inferior glenohumeral ligament, anteriorly and posteriorly. If symptomatic the insertion of the teres minor and the triceps on the scapula.
Other Names:
  • Prolotherapy
  • regenerative injection therapy
Placebo Comparator: .1% lidocaine subcutaneous
.1% lidocaine injected subcutaneously above the ligaments and tendons of the shoulder.
Procedure: shoulder injections
injections of 1 mL of solution in the following tendons: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor ( on greater tuberosity), subscapularis ( on lesser tuberosity), long tendon of biceps ( on supra-glenoid tubercle), short tendons of biceps on coracoid process, and the inferior glenohumeral ligament, anteriorly and posteriorly. If symptomatic the insertion of the teres minor and the triceps on the scapula.
Other Names:
  • Prolotherapy
  • regenerative injection therapy

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  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 74 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • consecutive patients over 19 and less than 75 years of age

Exclusion Criteria:

  • allergy to corn, as the dextrose solution is corn-based
  • allergy to local anesthetic
  • immune deficiency
  • conditions requiring anti-inflammatory medications including prednisone, corticosteroid injection less than eight weeks prior to the first set of injections
  • use of immune suppressants
  • symptomatic osteoarthritis of the gleno-humeral or acromio-clavicular joint
  • age over 75 or under 19
  • adhesive capsulitis based on a thorough physical examination, where shoulder flexion or abduction is below 100 °, horizontal adduction is below 30 °, the hand behind the back is below the waist, external rotation is less than 30 °
  • full thickness tear greater than 1.2 cm as seen on ultrasound
  • autoimmune disorders such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • neurological disorders including Parkinson, seizures, and dementias are excluded for patient safety during the procedures
  • HIV, viral hepatitis and other blood borne communicable diseases, to protect the investigators
  • calcium deposits greater than 8 mm in diameter
  • type III acromion as seen on x-ray
  • painful condition elsewhere in the body likely to cloud the subject's assessment of his shoulder pain
  • no evidence of tendinopathy as seen on ultrasound
  • uncontrolled diabetes: A1C > 7
  Contacts and Locations
Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01402011


Locations
Canada, British Columbia
Dr. Helene Bertrand Inc., 220-1940 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V7M 2K2
Active shoulder clinics, West Vancouver sports and orthopedic physiotherapy, 210- 575 16th Street
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V7V 4Y1
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of British Columbia
Work Safe BC
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Helene Bertrand, MD, CCFP University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
Coombes BK, Bisset L, Vicenzino B. Efficacy and safety of corticosteroid injections and other injections for management of tendinopathy: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Lancet. 2010 Nov 20;376(9754):1751-67. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61160-9. Epub 2010 Oct 21. Review.
Silverstein B, Welp E, Nelson N, Kalat J. Claims incidence of work-related disorders of the upper extremities: Washington state, 1987 through 1995. Am J Public Health. 1998 Dec;88(12):1827-33.
Stovitz SD, Johnson RJ. NSAIDs and musculoskeletal treatment: what is the clinical evidence? Phys Sportsmed. 2003 Jan;31(1):35-52. doi: 10.3810/psm.2003.01.160.
Cohen DB, Kawamura S, Ehteshami JR, Rodeo SA. Indomethacin and celecoxib impair rotator cuff tendon-to-bone healing. Am J Sports Med. 2006 Mar;34(3):362-9. Epub 2005 Oct 6.
Gaujoux-Viala C, Dougados M, Gossec L. Efficacy and safety of steroid injections for shoulder and elbow tendonitis: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Ann Rheum Dis. 2009 Dec;68(12):1843-9. doi: 10.1136/ard.2008.099572. Epub 2008 Dec 3. Review.
Lewis JS. Rotator cuff tendinopathy/subacromial impingement syndrome: is it time for a new method of assessment? Br J Sports Med. 2009 Apr;43(4):259-64. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2008.052183. Epub 2008 Oct 6.
Mansat P, Cofield RH, Kersten TE, Rowland CM. Complications of rotator cuff repair. Orthop Clin North Am. 1997 Apr;28(2):205-13.
Brislin KJ, Field LD, Savoie FH 3rd. Complications after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Arthroscopy. 2007 Feb;23(2):124-8.
Liu X, Luo F, Pan K, Wu W, Chen H. High glucose upregulates connective tissue growth factor expression in human vascular smooth muscle cells. BMC Cell Biol. 2007 Jan 16;8:1.
Fullerton BD. High-resolution ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging to document tissue repair after prolotherapy: a report of 3 cases. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Feb;89(2):377-85. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2007.09.017.
K. Dean Reeves, MD; Bradley D. Fullerton, MD, FAAPMR and Gaston Topol, MD Evidence-Based Regenerative Injection Therapy (Prolotherapy)in Sports Medicine sports Medicine Resource Manual 2008 Chapter 50.
Scarpone M, Rabago DP, Zgierska A, Arbogast G, Snell E. The efficacy of prolotherapy for lateral epicondylosis: a pilot study. Clin J Sport Med. 2008 May;18(3):248-54. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e318170fc87.
Reeves KD, Hassanein K. Randomized prospective double-blind placebo-controlled study of dextrose prolotherapy for knee osteoarthritis with or without ACL laxity. Altern Ther Health Med. 2000 Mar;6(2):68-74, 77-80.
Reeves KD, Hassanein K. Randomized, prospective, placebo-controlled double-blind study of dextrose prolotherapy for osteoarthritic thumb and finger (DIP, PIP, and trapeziometacarpal) joints: evidence of clinical efficacy. J Altern Complement Med. 2000 Aug;6(4):311-20.
David Rabago Prolotherapy for chronic musculoskeletal pain Complementary and alternative therapies in the aging population edited by Ronald Ross Watson chapter 2 15-44 Elsevier 2009

Responsible Party: Helene Bertrand, M.D., C.M, CCFP, University of British Columbia
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01402011     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H09-00911
RS2010-OG07 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Worksafe BC )
First Submitted: June 20, 2011
First Posted: July 26, 2011
Last Update Posted: September 4, 2013
Last Verified: September 2013

Keywords provided by Helene Bertrand, University of British Columbia:
Prolotherapy
regenerative injection therapy
dextrose injections

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Tendinopathy
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Tendon Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Lidocaine
Anesthetics, Local
Anesthetics
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Blockers
Sodium Channel Blockers
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action


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