How Much Relief Will Celecoxib Give in Frozen Shoulder?

A drop of 1.5/10 does not seem like much though they do say 71.4% got rid of night pain

Mod Rheumatol. 2014 Jan;24(1):144-9.
Comparative study of the clinical efficacy of the selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor celecoxib compared with loxoprofen in patients with frozen shoulder.
Ohta S, Komai O, Hanakawa H.

  • Celecoxib 100 mg BID
  • followup was only 1-2 weeks

Pain results (graphed as VAS from 0-10):

Comment – the improvement in night pain is nice but a 1.5 drop in pain is really not clinically much better.  This is where steroid injection and suprascapular nerve blocks become important.  Are Physicians that depend on pills  potentially giving inadequate care?

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