A Dutch general practitioner sees about two patients with shoulder complaints every week during consultations. In addition to providing information about possible causes / treatments and painkillers, according to the guideline, the GP can opt for a shoulder injection or for a referral to a physiotherapist. However, it is unknown which of these treatments is better for the patient, especially in the long term.
The SIX study will investigate whether patients with persistent shoulder complaints are better off with a (corticosteroid) injection in the shoulder or with a referral to a physical therapist for an exercise program.
After 6 weeks and after 3, 6 and 12 months, all participating patients will be asked about their shoulder complaints, but also about any sleeping problems and quality of life. All medical costs and costs due to absence from work / disability are recorded to be able to compare the costs and benefits of both treatments.